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Who’s Qualified for the Games Unofficially in the Top 20

March 26, 2019 by
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The 2019 CrossFit Open officially wrapped up on Monday. Now CrossFit will undergo a lengthy review process to verify all qualifiers. We will have more in-depth explanation on that process coming out tomorrow. So as of right now everything is UNOFFICIAL. 

Consider This: At this point, there are only around 14 more CrossFit Games invites remaining (10 for the Sanctionals events and four at-large invites). The rulebook isn’t clear on whether it’s four per gender or four total.

Some fun facts, unofficially of course:

  • 18 veteran females from the 2018 Games will be returning; 14 veterans on the mens side.
  • Scott Panchik will be heading to his eighth consecutive CrossFit Games.
  • Annie Thorisdottir will become only the third athlete in history to reach 10 individual CrossFit Games appearances, joining Ben Smith and Becca Voigt. The current streak is 10 consecutive individual appearances held by Ben Smith. He had surgery earlier this year and still has a chance to qualify through a Sanctional. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet holds the second longest streak at nine and has the opportunity to tie Smith if she wins a Sanctional.
  • There are five potential individual rookies in the top 10 for the men: Lefteris Theofanidis (2), Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire (5), Uldis Upenieks (7), George Sterner (8), and Samuel Cournoyer (9).
  • There is only one potential rookie in the top 10 for women: Dani Speegle, who took 5th.

The cutoff for the men currently sits at 28th place, and 31st for women, but these athletes are expected to decline their individual invite and compete on a team:

  • Men: Rich Froning, which moves the line to 29th (more on that below).
  • Women: Alexis Johnson and Tasia Percevecz, which moves the line to 34th because 32nd place Camilla Salomonsson Hellman is the unofficial national champion of Sweden.

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Only 9 seconds separated Noah Ohlsen from a Games invite. Here’s how:

  • Currently the cut off for qualification sits at 28th place, but with 10th place Rich Froning likely competing on a team, the line would extend to 29th.
  • Patrick Vellner — who was first at Wodapalooza — sits only 9 points back from 29th place. And if Vellner would have finished 19.5 just 9 seconds faster he would be tied for 29th and would win the tiebreaker, opening up the Wodapalooza invite for Ohlsen.
  • Ohlsen got third at Wodapalooza, Travis Mayer was second and sits 16th worldwide.
  • Ohlsen finished the Open 63rd worldwide. He would have needed to place 392nd or better in 19.1 to have placed 28th.

Who will get the Sanctionals invites? If everything holds, here are the Sanctionals invites:

  • Dubai CrossFit Championship: Bethany Shadburne (7th) and Roman Khrennikov (5th)
  • Wodapalooza: Colleen Fotsch (6th) and Patrick Vellner (1st)
  • Australian CrossFit Championship: Maddie Sturt (2nd) and James Newbury (1st)
  • Fittest in Cape Town: Mia Akerlund (2nd) and Sean Sweeney (1st)
  • Strength in Depth: Thuri Helgadottir (4th) and Bronislaw Olenkowicz (1st)

2018 male Games athletes who participated in the Open and are not making it back to the Games as individuals:

  • Tim Paulson, Saxon Panchik, Zeke Grove, Lukas Esslinger, Noah Ohlsen, Alexandre Caron, Marquan Jones, Royce Dunne, Rasmus Andersen, Alec Smith, Mitchel Stevenson, Nicholas Urankar, Khan Porter, Ethan Helbig, Alex Anderson, John Coltey, Cody Anderson, Pablo Chalfun, Craig Kenney, Ben Smith, and Brent Fikowski.

2018 female Games athletes who participated in the Open and are not making it back to the Games as individuals:

  • Courtney Haley, Cassidy Lance-Mcwherter, Justine Beath, Chloe Gauvin-David, Chyna Cho, Jennifer Smith, Ehea Schuerch, Oddrun Eik Gylfadottir, Rebecca Voigt, Paige Semenza, Lauren Fisher, Emily Bridgers, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Brista Mayfield, Stephanie Chung, and Dani Horan.

[chart title=’2019 Unofficial Top 20 Men’]

2
Name2019 Open19.119.219.319.419.5Country RankCountry
3
Mathew Fraser15931211United States
4
Lefteris Theofanidis230528931Greece
5
Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson
35213421141Iceland
6
Jacob Heppner4137203542United States
7
Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire55296120281Canada
8
Cole Sager690234746203United States
9
Uldis Upenieks759551131691Latvia
10
George Sterner818210334634United States
11
Samuel Cournoyer9714010811022Canada
12
Richard Froning Jr.102921823115United States
13
Scott Panchik11220171723606United States
14
Jason Carroll12318202311028United States
15
Zachery Buntin1354586722811United States
16
Streat Hoerner1452117251551812United States
17
Devin Ford15220263137557United States
18
Travis Mayer1651961210759United States
19
Richard Castillo1720891191262410United States
20
Bayden Brown181372760109471Australia
21
Frederick Aegidius182012551911021Denmark
22
Simon Mäntylä20553181141372Sweden
23
Samuel Kwant2052221092181615United States
24
Logan Collins22381610131112United States
25
Lukas Högberg2254450277451Sweden
26
Eric Carmody24301135140614United States
27
Casper Gammelmark2535102631481092Denmark
28
Alex Vigneault26148219141814Canada
29
Jeffrey Adler27901323993315Canada
30
Dean Linder-Leighton281209368171202Australia

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[chart title=’2019 Unofficial Top 20 Women’]

2
Name2019 Open19.119.219.319.419.5Country RankCountry
3
Sara Sigmundsdottir16522451Iceland
4
Annie Thorisdottir23241518142Iceland
5
Kristin Holte3631113531Norway
6
Jamie Greene472611351New Zealand
7
Dani Speegle51372220371United States
8
Tia-Clair Toomey687125771Australia
9
Brooke Wells6371346313United States
10
Amanda Barnhart68131045424United States
11
Kari Pearce9801812182United States
12
Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault
106844424261Canada
13
Mekenzie Riley1127104155635United States
14
Karin Freyová123910921581Slovakia
15
Kristine Best13241610036266United States
16
Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
1453233650653Iceland
17
Carolyne Prevost15481814624212Canada
18
Emma McQuaid16721293615111Ireland
19
Danielle Brandon17127149131067United States
20
McKenzie Flinchum181449757618United States
21
Jadzia Truszkowski1987417036293Canada
22
Brooke Haas205322207079United States
23
Anna Fragkou213123920141Greece
24
Alexis Johnson222134887173510United States
25
Samantha Briggs23516022110151
United Kingdom
26
Alessandra Pichelli248010313276691Italy
27
Jacqueline Dahlstrøm25878716996312Norway
28
Chantelle Loehner2614456211395211United States
29
Hayley Murillo278033240768012United States
30
Feeroozeh Saghafi2811227346112313United States
31
Tasia Percevecz2934934102283513United States
32
Melissa Doll3097123112411516United States
33
Kristi Eramo313762116671015United States

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