Two names sit on top of Mexico’s National Champion CrossFit Open leaderboard after the late video review from HQ. With 21 points each, Luis Oscar Mora and Manuel Gallegos find themselves in a battle for a ticket to Madison.
This change was made after Alan García, who led for the entire Open, received a penalty on 20.4, dropping him down to 11th place and out of any chance of qualifying. The Morning Chalk Up reached out to him and learned that he is appealing the penalty with CrossFit HQ and will be looking to punch a ticket to the Games in a Sanctional as well.
- A Path Forward: The CrossFit Rulebook states that in the case of an overall tie on the national champion leaderboard will be broken by awarding the best position to the athlete with the highest rank result in any workout.
- Both Gallegos and Mora have a 1st place in 20.1 and 20.3 respectively, but Mora placed 2nd in 20.2 and 20.5, making him the tie-break winner.
Luis Oscar Mora is no stranger to the CrossFit Games. The 20-year-old managed to sneak into the 4th place at the 16-17 Teen Division at the 2016 CrossFit Games by winning the last event of the weekend. His last international appearance was at the 2018 Latin America Regional, where he placed 2nd after losing the final event to local Pablo Chalfún.
Manuel Gallegos, on the other hand, placed 4th overall at the same 2018 Latin American Regional. He also placed 3rd in the Black Challenge held in Mexico City, which gave the overall leader (Eder Carrillo) a qualifying spot for the Mayan CrossFit Classic.
- The Take-Away: CrossFit HQ’s self-imposed deadline to offer invitations to the top 20 Games qualifiers in the worldwide Open and national champions is January 6, 2020. In the case of winning the tie-break, Luis Oscar will be returning to the CrossFit Games, but this will be his first appearance under the new qualifying format.
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