CrossFit Games

What’s That Blue Line on the CrossFit Games Leaderboard?

March 13, 2019 by
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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…

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