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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
Name 2019 Open 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Country Rank Country
3
Mathew Fraser 1 59 3 1 2 1 1 United States
4
Lefteris Theofanidis 2 30 5 28 9 3 1 Greece
5
Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson
3 5 21 34 21 14 1 Iceland
6
Jacob Heppner 4 137 20 3 5 4 2 United States
7
Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire 5 5 29 6 120 28 1 Canada
8
Cole Sager 6 90 23 47 46 20 3 United States
9
Uldis Upenieks 7 59 55 113 16 9 1 Latvia
10
George Sterner 8 182 10 3 34 63 4 United States
11
Samuel Cournoyer 9 71 40 10 81 102 2 Canada
12
Richard Froning Jr. 10 292 1 8 23 11 5 United States
13
Scott Panchik 11 220 17 17 23 60 6 United States
14
Jason Carroll 12 3 18 202 31 102 8 United States
15
Zachery Buntin 13 5 4 58 67 228 11 United States
16
Streat Hoerner 14 52 117 25 155 18 12 United States
17
Devin Ford 15 220 26 31 37 55 7 United States
18
Travis Mayer 16 5 19 61 210 75 9 United States
19
Richard Castillo 17 20 89 119 126 24 10 United States
20
Bayden Brown 18 137 27 60 109 47 1 Australia
21
Frederick Aegidius 18 20 12 55 191 102 1 Denmark
22
Simon Mäntylä 20 5 53 181 141 37 2 Sweden
23
Samuel Kwant 20 52 22 109 218 16 15 United States
24
Logan Collins 22 381 6 10 13 11 12 United States
25
Lukas Högberg 22 5 44 50 277 45 1 Sweden
26
Eric Carmody 24 30 11 351 40 6 14 United States
27
Casper Gammelmark 25 35 102 63 148 109 2 Denmark
28
Alex Vigneault 26 14 8 219 141 81 4 Canada
29
Jeffrey Adler 27 90 13 239 93 31 5 Canada
30
Dean Linder-Leighton 28 120 93 68 171 20 2 Australia

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

2
Name 2019 Open 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Country Rank Country
3
Sara Sigmundsdottir 1 6 5 2 24 5 1 Iceland
4
Annie Thorisdottir 2 3 24 15 18 14 2 Iceland
5
Kristin Holte 3 63 11 13 5 3 1 Norway
6
Jamie Greene 4 72 6 11 3 5 1 New Zealand
7
Dani Speegle 5 13 7 22 20 37 1 United States
8
Tia-Clair Toomey 6 87 12 5 7 7 1 Australia
9
Brooke Wells 6 37 1 3 46 31 3 United States
10
Amanda Barnhart 6 8 13 10 45 42 4 United States
11
Kari Pearce 9 80 18 1 2 18 2 United States
12
Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault
10 68 44 4 24 26 1 Canada
13
Mekenzie Riley 11 27 10 41 55 63 5 United States
14
Karin Freyová 12 3 9 109 21 58 1 Slovakia
15
Kristine Best 13 24 16 100 36 26 6 United States
16
Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
14 53 23 36 50 65 3 Iceland
17
Carolyne Prevost 15 48 18 146 24 21 2 Canada
18
Emma McQuaid 16 72 129 36 15 11 1 Ireland
19
Danielle Brandon 17 127 14 9 13 106 7 United States
20
McKenzie Flinchum 18 144 97 57 6 1 8 United States
21
Jadzia Truszkowski 19 87 4 170 36 29 3 Canada
22
Brooke Haas 20 53 2 220 70 7 9 United States
23
Anna Fragkou 21 312 39 20 1 4 1 Greece
24
Alexis Johnson 22 213 48 87 17 35 10 United States
25
Samantha Briggs 23 5 160 221 10 15 1
United Kingdom
26
Alessandra Pichelli 24 80 103 132 76 69 1 Italy
27
Jacqueline Dahlstrøm 25 87 87 169 96 31 2 Norway
28
Chantelle Loehner 26 144 56 211 39 52 11 United States
29
Hayley Murillo 27 80 33 240 76 80 12 United States
30
Feeroozeh Saghafi 28 112 27 346 11 23 13 United States
31
Tasia Percevecz 29 349 34 102 28 35 13 United States
32
Melissa Doll 30 9 71 231 124 115 16 United States
33
Kristi Eramo 31 376 21 166 7 10 15 United States

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