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Athletes Make an Early Exit From the Australian CrossFit Championship

March 5, 2020 by
Source: Australian CrossFit Championship
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We’re less than halfway through competition at the Australian CrossFit Championship (ACC) but already the list of withdrawals has been enough for us to sit up and take notice.  

There’s also a number of noteworthy absences at the Brazil CrossFit Championship, which we’ve detailed in our “How To Watch” guide for the competition.

  • In Australia, wildcard Alec Smith was sitting in fourteenth place after Day 1, but this morning announced his withdrawal due to back trouble.

We sat down with Alec Smith in the lead up to this weekend’s competition on the Gold Coast. He admitted the choice to compete as an individual was a last-minute decision, on the back of his holiday to Sydney.

  • Team CrossFit Urban looked to be in contention to score the Games Invite in the team competition, however, they had to withdraw due to Katelin Van Zyl – who’s already earned herself an invite as an individual – twisting her ankle in the rope climb relay.

“When it rains it pours,” she wrote, already nursing an old hockey injury which had her in doubt even before competition began.

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Before heading over to Miami to compete, I started a root canal on one of my teeth (old hockey injury that caused a lot of trauma to 3 of my teeth) but 6 years later decided to be a big problem. So upon returning I found the abscess and tooth got A LOT worse….I got oral antibiotics and then went to dentist and they said I NEEDED IV antibiotics to try to get rid of this huge infection (biggest they have ever seen) so cannula was put in and away I went trying to get this infection down… This weekend came & @auscrossfitchamp was about to begin, everyone telling me not to compete but I wanted to represent our gym and try to help get a qualifying spot for the games as team URBAN. So I did the first workout with my cannula in as I had 1 more dose to have before i could take it out… Second event came about which the team was pumped for and coming down the rope my foot twisted pretty bad between the mats put under the rope…. Straight after the second event I had another dentist app (2nd one for the day) to get to drain more of the abscess…so here I am sitting in the dentist chair, with a numb mouth and abscess about to be drained, REALLY sore ankle and rope burn all over my left hand… Seriously, when it rains it pours – but sure as hell You’ll still see me smiling cause no point being sad as it won’t change anything. This is far from ideal and I wish it was completely different and yes I have shed many tears, but for now, I’m going to be positive and do whatever I can to be back in action 100% soon. Life is too short to be upset for too long, so time to look forward and focus on getting better. I’m so sorry to my team for probably not being able to continue in the competition, but who knows, anything can happen ??

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  • Clint Kohl from New Zealand’s 64 Army CrossFit pulled out from the men’s side of the competition after injuring his shoulder during the event 1 “Flags” at Kurrawa Beach.

A few fan favorites were out even before the competition kicked off at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

  • Jess Coughlan took to Instagram to announce her withdrawal before the beginning of competition: “I have had a rough few weeks with pneumonia and am definitely not in the shape to give the fight required at these competitions,” she wrote.
  • Young up and comer Tess Herring, who trains with Coughlan, also failed to show up to compete: “Due to sickness and injury I have made the decision to not compete and focus on getting healthier for the next sanctionals,” Tess Hering wrote.

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