If you’ve been spending any time on the CrossFit Games leaderboard in the last week, you might have noticed a solid blue line hovering around 30th place.
This recent introduction to the leaderboard shows who would qualify for the 2019 CrossFit Games if the Open ended today.
The details: Athletes can qualify two ways through the Open — as national champion (fittest in their country) or top 20 worldwide. (See our detailed rulebook breakdown for more information).
- National champions take precedent over being top 20, so if a national champion is in the top 20 CrossFit will backfill their position.
- Ex. If there are nine national champions in the top 20, CrossFit will backfill nine positions so the 29th athlete will qualify.
- Expect this to shift, a lot. Before 19.3 scores were finalized, the cut off line on the women’s leaderboard sat at 27th; today it’s at 31st. There are at least two scored workouts left.
As for Sanctionals: The number game gets a bit more complicated as we pointed out in yesterday’s report.
- Prime Example: If the Open were to end today, 5th placed Roman Khrennikov would receive the invite from Dubai CrossFit Championship; 9th placed Taylor Streid would get the invite from Wodapalooza.
- Go deeper: Read the full list of Sanctionals backfills and how we got there.
And what about the 2018 Games athletes?
- Stat de jure: In the past four years only six athletes have come from outside of the top 50 after week 3 to finish in the top 30.
- There are 15 athletes, who sit 120th or worse who probably won’t be going back to the CrossFit Games via the Open.
- Read the full list.
The bottom line: Every single rep counts…