20.4 Kicks Off with a Bang

Oct 31, 2019 by

Welcome to week 4 of the CrossFit Open. 

Athletes in three separate countries squared off for the live 20.4 announcement which pulled in around 35,500 peak concurrent viewers. 

  • Fun Fact #1: This is the first time pistols have appeared in the Open.
  • Fun Fact #2: This is the heaviest clean and jerk weight ever programmed in the Open. 
  • Fun Fact #3: This is the first time clean and jerks have been in the Open since 15.1a’s 1RM clean and jerk.
  • Fun Fact #4: Clean and jerks have only ever been programmed for reps twice in the Open and they showed up in the same week: 13.4 and 20.4. 

30 box jumps (24/20)
15 clean and jerks, (95/65)
30 box jumps (24/20)
15 clean and jerks (135/85)
30 box jumps (24/20)
10 clean and jerks (185/115)
30 single-leg squats
10 clean and jerk (225/145)
30 single-leg squats
5 clean and jerks (275/175)
30 single-leg squats
5 clean and jerks (315/205)
Time cap: 20 minutes

One big thing: Diablo CrossFit made history Thursday night by being the first Open announcement to include prize money for the winning athlete. The owner of a local Toyota dealership, who is a member of the gym, offered up $2,000 to the winner (Ben Smith) and $1,000 to second place (Sean Sweeney). 

  • Craig Howard: “I want to get these athletes paid for their work.”

Live viewership: Live Open announcements kicked off in three countries on three separate continents. 

  • Diablo CrossFit — 30,500
  • Tork CrossFit — 2600
  • CrossFit Italian Showdown — 2400


CrossFit Open

Ben Smith | Sean Sweeney | Jason Carroll

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