The 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games has its first official qualifiers as Samantha Briggs, Mathew Fraser and CrossFit Invictus were crowned champions of the Dubai CrossFit Championship.
Similar to the CrossFit Games the past few years, the women’s competition provided the majority of the drama and excitement on the floor as “the Engine from England,” Samantha Briggs seized the moment in the final event, beating out Jamie Greene, Karin Frey and Sara Sigmundsdottir in a near winner-take-all finale as just seven points separated the four women heading into the final event.
It feels pretty amazing. A little bit surreal,” Briggs said. “Missing out on Regionals and being able to go to the Games last year as an individual, I couldn’t have asked for anything better than to do the first sanctioned event and I’m going to the Games!”
A year after competing in the Masters division at the Games and having surgery to repair her elbow, Briggs has the distinction of being the first ever individual Games qualifier under the new system.
A new year, and new system yields the same result for 3-time reigning Fittest Man on Earth Mat Fraser. Fraser put an exclamation point on a 100 plus point victory over the field of men by lunging his way to the finish line as the only male athlete to finish the final event. Fraser won seven of the 10 events across the weekend including a perfect four for four performance on the final day to earn an early return trip to the CrossFit Games where he hopes to make it four straight CrossFit Games titles.
“It’s a big relief to know that this is out of the way and I can focus on what I want to focus on now,” Frasier said. “I’ll train with Tia up until Wodapalooza and then hopefully get some traveling in and have some fun with family.”
“Yes I will be doing other events but I’m not 100% sure which ones yet,” Fraser said.
He is already confirmed for the Rogue Invitational to take place in May.
For the teams it was a familiar name, Invictus, that took down the top spot to earn a record 11th straight trip to the CrossFit Games. The roster of Rasmus Andersen, Tommy Vinas, Regan Huckaby and Lauren Fisher were simply dominant. After winning the opening event of the week they never looked back leading the competition wire-to-wire.
“I think there’s a lot of questions that still need to be answered,” Invictus head coach CJ Martin said in reference to the 2019 Games season. “So we’ve qualified a team. Does it have to be those four [athletes]? If not those four then what is our roster? For us it’s still wait and see until we get an official rulebook.”
The first sanctioned event of the new CrossFit Games system is officially in the books, and Invictus, Samantha Briggs, and Mat Fraser now have all of 2019 to get ready for Madison.
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