Three days of competition have just wrapped up as the CrossFit Filthy 150 has come to a close, crowning it’s champions and officially awarding one man, one woman, and one team the first Sanctional invite to the 2020 CrossFit Games. The Punchestown Racecourse played host to nine events for individuals and teams, and the occasional rainfall and chilly temperature was no match for the heated competition and droves of dedicated fans.
Despite entering the day in third overall – 26 points back from first – there wasn’t a hotter team than the ROMWOD meat squad. After a stumble out of the Gates in event 1, the crew of Brooke Haas, Christian Harris, Kelly Baker, and Dex Hopkins finished the next five events in 2nd place or better. The opening event of day three wasn’t any different, with ROMWOD cruising through the box jump overs, and final set of strict presses to win the event ahead of team Nation to snag the overall lead.
Both teams ROMWOD was chasing to start the day – The Athlete Program and The Program – had their worst event finishes of the weekend on day three, and it was enough to give ROMWOD breathing room in the final two events and they cruised to a pair of third place finishes to close the weekend and seal the deal on their invite to the Games.
Fun Fact: this is just the second time the ROMWOD meat squad team has competed together. The first? The 2019 French Throwdown where they finished second behind Invictus Boston.
The race for the top spot all weekend was between Iceland’s Sara Sigmundsdottir, and Norway’s Kristin Holte. The two Games podium athletes finished just one spot away from each other in seven of the nine events across the weekend. As expected, Holte – winner of the Triple 3 and Cyclocross events at the Games – took the top spot in the Trek Run, but Sigmundsdottir finished second ahead of Sam Briggs was a turning point in the battle between them. Sigmundsdottir would outlast Holte in the next two events to stay win the weekend and stay perfect for the season after winning the Open.
The Games invite however, belonged to another Norwegian. Medical school student Andrea Solberg put forth an impressive performance all weekend to finish fourth overall and earn her first ever invite to the CrossFit Games. The 24-year-old former gymnast won the first event, finished 8 events in total keep herself in the running for the invite all weekend long. In the final event, she managed to hold off Sam Briggs who made up a whopping 60 points on Solberg in the final day.
Fun fact: With the win, Sara Sigmundsdottir joins Tia-Clair Toomey, Sam Briggs, and Jacqueline Dahlstrohm as the only women to have won two Sanctionals so far.
No one at the Filthy 150 had a better day three than Roman Khrennikov. The two-time Games qualifier from Russia was perfect on Sunday, winning all three events to make an impressive charge up the leaderboard and win over the Irish crowd. Khrennikov won a ridiculous five out of the last 6 events to close the weekend like a man possessed. A pair of finishes of 15th or lower, were ultimately what prevented him from taking the top spot overall.
One man did have a better weekend than Khrennikov, and his name was Justin Mederios. The mullet-rocking 20-year-old college student was the model of consistency all weekend long, and he was the only male athlete going into the final day with every single finish being sixth or better. He had a big enough lead that a 16th place finish in the Trek Run to start the day kept him in first place before righting the ship and notching top three finishes in the final two events to secure the victory. A highlight of the weekend was his photo finish with Canadians Cedric Lapointe, and Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire where Medeiros executed a picture perfect baseball slide to the finish.
Fun Fact: Medeiros now becomes the youngest ever winner of a Sanctioned event, beating the mark by Jonne Koski and Khrennikov who both won Sanctionals at 24-years-old.
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