Athletes at the 2019 CrossFit Games smashed records and extended streaks across several divisions, including teams and masters. Here is a rundown of some of the most significant records set in Madison.
Tia-Clair Toomey produced the most dominant Games performance by a woman winning her third consecutive title, becoming the first three-time women’s champion. Records that she broke or tied included:
- Earned the greatest percentage of points possible all-time – woman or man – at 89.3% (excluding 2007 where there were only three events).
- Greatest points-margin of victory by a woman all-time at 195.
- Tied for the most event wins by a woman in a Games with five.
- Now has eleven career Games event wins – tied for 4th all-time.
Mathew Fraser had his toughest Games win of his career beating out Noah Ohlsen by just 35 points in route to tying Rich Froning for the most individual titles all-time with four consecutive. Ironically, the last time the men’s title race was this close was when Fraser lost to Ben Smith in 2015 by just 36 points. Fraser set the following records:
- Won the most events in a single Games with six.
- Won the first two events of the Games which had never been done by an individual at the Games.
- Now has 15 career Games event wins – 2nd all-time (Rich Froning with the most at 16).
- Kristen Holte continued her consistent improvement throughout her Games career by taking home the silver medal for her first podium.
- Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson took home his second bronze medal to go along with his 2015 medal. He now has four Top 5s at the Games.
- Jamie Greene earns her first individual podium place with the bronze medal and becomes the fifth athlete to stand on an individual and team podium.
- Scott Panchik earns his third 4th place now has seven 4th to 6th place finishes out of his eight Games appearances, by far the best individual not to have podiumed at the Games.
- Katrin Davidsdottir misses out on her fourth podium with a 4th place, but now has five top 5 finishes at the Games, tied for 3rd all-time.
- Mayhem Freedom shattered all major team Games records in 2019 which was a bit surprising given their on-and-off performances in Sanctionals. Clearly Mayhem saved their best for when it mattered most demonstrated by the following feats at the Games:
- Won their fourth team championship. Only Ute CrossFit also has multiple team championships with two.
- Led wire-to-wire (only other teams to do so was the Mayhem Freedom teams of 2016 and 2018).
- Mayhem has now won the team white jersey (overall Games leader after an event) 38 times. The next closest is Ute CrossFit with 18.
- Earned the greatest percentage of team points possible all-time at 91.0%.
- Greatest team points-margin of victory all-time at 198.
- Won the most Games events all-time with 21 (five at CFG19).
- Won the first two events of the Games which had never been done by a team at the Games.
- With CrossFit Krypton’s silver medal, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet joins the club of five who have been on a Games individual and team podium.
- CrossFit Invictus’ bronze medal earns them their second team podium place to go along with their 2014 Championship (considering Invictus X as a separate team). They are the fifth team now with multiple Games podiums. CrossFit Invictus is the only affiliate to have competed in all eleven standalone Games team competitions starting in 2009.
- CrossFit Mayhem Freedom became the first affiliate to win the women’s, men’s, and team competitions in the same Games.
- Dottir-less Podium for the first time since 2013, and only the second time since 2009.
- Rookie-less individual podium for just the third time in Games history.
- 488 Games athletes competed from 114 different countries.
- There were six cuts of the individuals and four cuts of the teams. Though controversial and not seen in this magnitude recently, they were not unprecedented. In 2012 the individuals were cut five times and in 2009 cut four times. In 2010, the teams were cut twice.
- Countries’ National Champions Combined:
- 1st Iceland: 23 points – Gudmundsson and Sigmundsdottir
- 2nd United States: 28 points – Fraser and Speegle
- 3rd United Kingdom: 37 points – Briggs and Simmonds
- Countries’ Top Man and Woman Combined:
- 1st (Tie) United States: 6 points – Fraser and Pearce
- 1st (Tie) Australia: 6 points – Toomey and Newbury
- 3rd Iceland: 7 points – Gudmundsson and Davidsdottir
Sanctionals bragging rights for their champions from CFG19 results.
- Women: 1st Toomey (Wodapalooza & Rogue Invitational) 2nd Holte (Asia CrossFit Championship) 4th Davidsdottir (Fittest in Cape Town).
- Men: 1st Fraser (Dubai CrossFit Championship and Rogue Invitational) 3rd Gudmundsson (Reykjavik CrossFit Championship) 5th Newbury (Australia CrossFit Championship).
- Team: 1st Mayhem Freedom (Asia CrossFit Championship) 2nd CrossFit Krypton (Wodapalooza & Granite Games) 3rd Invictus (Dubai CrossFit Championship).
- Susan Clarke (Women 60+) jumped to the front of the conversation of the best master of all-time. She has never lost in her four Games appearances, now tied for most of all-time with four masters championships. Clarke dominated 2019 more than any other athlete or team has for a season in CrossFit history. She swept the Games winning all seven women’s 60+ Masters events – a perfect sweep of all events has never previously happened at the Games. She also swept all five Age Group Online Qualifier events. In fact, her only “blemish” this year was a fourth place worldwide in Open workout 19.1 – she won everything else worldwide for the 60+ women in 2019. Additionally, Clarke now has the most masters Games event wins of all time with 18.
- Laurie Meschishnick (Women 55-59) won her first championship and along with her fourth masters podium. She won in dominating fashion, 90 points ahead of second place.
- Lynne Knapman (Women 55-59) continues to be the masters “Ironwoman” having competed in her tenth consecutive Games (every masters competition held at the Games, the only one to have done so).
- Jana Slyder (Women 50-54) won her first championship along with three event wins.
- Janet Black (Women 45-49) won her second championship and third masters podium place.
- Joey Kimdon (Women 40-44) won her first championship and third consecutive masters podium place. She won four of the eight events.
- Anna Tobias (Women 35-39) defended her title, now with two consecutive masters championships.
- Rebecca Voigt Miller (Women 35-39) won bronze, her second masters podium and third overall podium in her historic Games career which has now spanned twelve consecutive Games (the most all-time).
- Paul Perna (Men 60+) won his first masters championship.
- Gord Mackinnon (Men 60+) won silver in making his return to the Games since his two championships in 2012 and 2011.
- Joe Ames (Men 55-59) won his second masters championship.
- Kevin Koester (Men 50-54) won his second masters championship in as many tries.
- Joel Hughes (Men 45-49) won his first championship with three event wins, 100-point margin of victory, and never finishing worse than third in an event.
- Jason Grubb (Men 40-44) won his first championship and second Games podium place.
- Nicholas Urankar (Men 35-39) won the championship in his masters debut along with winning four of the eight events.
- Dallin Pepper (Boys 16-17) won his third consecutive teenager championship, the first three-time teenager champ. He did so in dominating fashion, 160 points ahead of second place. Additionally, he finished up with the second-most all-time teenager career event wins with twelve (five in the CFG19).
- Tudor Magda (Boys 16-17) won bronze for his second teenager podium place.
- David Bradley (Boys 14-15) won his first championship via a tie breaker with Amato Mazzocca (both had two event wins).
- Chloe Smith (Girls 16-17) won her second championship along with her third consecutive podium place. She handily won the division 150 points in front of second place. Additionally, she won five events for a total of eight in her career.
- Devyn Kim (Girls 16-17) became the second teenager to have competed in all four eligible years of the teenager Games divisions.
- Emma Cary (Girls 14-15) won by 90 points in her Games debut with three event wins.