It was moving day inside an electric Ibirapuera Gymnasium in São Paulo at the 2020 Brazil CrossFit Championship on Saturday and it certainly lived up to that moniker. The top of the leaderboard was different at the end of day two than day one across all divisions. A full day of action resulted in athletes from North American countries Canada and Mexico two events away from securing their 2020 CrossFit Games invitations.
The women’s division:
Cecilia Ramirez Villamil is the women’s leader after a dominating day two. She came into the day in sixth place just 20 points behind the day one leader Camila Siller. The Mexican national champion runner-up set the tone for her dominance from the onset. The first event of the day, “18.6 Reloaded” paid homage to event six of the 2018 Regionals, a workout that those in the Latin American Regional did a modified version of due to equipment delivery issues. Villamil was among that group from Regionals that did the modified version, finishing 14th.
Villamil picked up her first event win of the competition finishing the workout in 4:57, over a minute faster than Brazilian Andreia Pinheiro. The win coupled with Siller placing fourth, moved her into the top spot of the leaderboard.
The crowd worked itself into a frenzy for the second event of the day, “Death by Meteoro”, an elimination-style event that the Brazil CrossFit Championship made waves with last year. Villamil finished second in the event after making it through the round of six sandbag cleans before being capped. Siller remained in contention, finishing third.
Siller would falter in the final event of the day, “Triple GTO Ladder”, finishing eighth which dropped her further behind Villamil who recorded her second-straight runner-up finish.
Villamil heads into the final day ahead of Siller by 28 points as both seek their first Games appearance.
- Argentinian national champion Melina Rodriguez sits in third place after three top-ten finishes on day two. She tied Villamil for second place in the “Triple GTO Ladder”.
- Brazilians Anita Pravatti and Thais Nunes are tied for fourth.
- American Mia Edgar sits in sixth place after struggling in “Death by Meteoro”, finishing 20th in that event.
- Fellow American Stephanie McGuffie moved up to eighth after recording the event win in the day’s final event.
The men’s division:
Canadian Adam Davidson took “Moving Day” seriously as he halted any conversation of Josh Miller winning the competition. At the start of day two, Davidson sat tied for second, 26 points behind Miller. He opened the day with an impressive win in “18.6 Reloaded” finishing the event with a time of 3:52, the 18th fastest time ever in CrossFit competition. Miller finished fifth, reducing his lead to just six points over Davidson.
In “Death by Meteora”, Miller built his lead back up to 26 points as he finished third by making it into the fifth round before being eliminated. Davidson finished eighth, getting eliminated in the fourth round.
The final event of the day proved to be disastrous for Miller as he finished 25th. Davidson remained consistent, finishing ninth, the only athlete in the field to record all top-ten finishes.
Davidson sits in the driver seat now to earn his first career Games invitation with a 24 point lead over Miller.
- Marquan Jones remains in the hunt for the Games invite as he sits in third just 32 points behind Davidson. The American recorded his worst finish of the competition in “18.6 Reloaded” before bouncing back with a sixth and fifth place to end day two.
- Brazil’s Guilherme Domingues sits in fourth place, 56 points behind the leader as he seeks his first Games invite. He recorded three top-ten finishes on day two to remain in contention.
- “Mr. Sanctional” Joshua Al-Chamaa remained in fifth place, just 58 points behind Davidson. Al-Chamaa picked up his first career individual event win in a Sanctional when he outlasted all 31 competitors in “Death by Meteora”. He followed that with a second place in the “Triple GTO Ladder”.
The team division:
The first event of the day was quick and action-packed, as the teams tackled the “Snatch Ladder”, a repeat workout from the 2019 Brazil CrossFit Championship. Taranis Lifetree recorded their second-straight event win with a blistering time of 2:18. The win, coupled with a fourth-place finish by Invictus Brazil, propelled the Canadian team into first place. A spot they would find themselves in to end the day, as they rounded out a near-perfect slate with a second place in event four and another victory in the final event. Each one, more dramatic than the last.
In event four, the “Sprint Relay”, Taranis Lifetree and Invictus Brazil went back and forth as each athlete had to complete a triplet of chest-to-bar pull-ups, calorie row and sandbag cleans. Invictus Brazil took the event win, their second of the competition, by seven-tenths of a second over Taranis Lifetree.
With just a 12 point lead over Invictus Brazil going into the final team event of the day, the “Anaconda Summit”, Taranis Lifetree again found itself in a race but this time with Happy Hearts. Another dash to the finish line this time worked in their favor, as they defeated Happy Hearts by three-tenths of a second. Invictus Brazil placed third, giving Taranis Lifetree a 36-point cushion heading into the final day of competition tomorrow.
- Taranis Lifetree’s worst finish in the competition has been the fourth place in the opening event, the “Scrum!”
- Happy Hearts sits in third place but are 146 points behind the leader.
- Brazilian teams CFP9 and Team Treta Blacksheep round out the top-five. CFP9 recorded three top-five finishes on day two, placing third in two events. Team Treta Blacksheep started the day with a runner-up finish to Taranis Lifetree in the “Snatch Ladder”.
On tap for the final day: Only two events remain on the schedule for the third and final day of competition on Sunday. Those events will determine which athletes will see the hardwork they have put in this season pay off with the coveted invite to the Games or whether they go back to the drawing board and seek another Sanctional to reach the pinnacle competition of the sport.
- Event six for the teams is a couplet of synchronized muscle ups and handstand walks called “Up and Sides Down”.
- For individual event six, athletes will perform ring muscle-ups, handstand walks and snatches in an event called “Amanda on Hands”.
- The seventh and final event for both the teams and individuals has not yet been released.
- Follow all the action through the Brazil CrossFit Championship live feed and on the Morning Chalk Up Sanctional page.
The Top Overall Top 10 After Day 2
- Cecilia Ramirez Villamil (432) | Adam Davidson (400) | Taranis Lifetree (456)
- Camila Siller (404) | Josh Miller (376) | Invictus Brazil (420)
- Melina Rodriguez (386) | Marquan Jones (368) | Happy Hearts (310)
- Anita Pravatti (330) | Guilherme Domingues (344) | CFP9 (308)
- Thais Nunes (330) | Joshua Al-Chamaa (342) | Team Treta Blacksheep (296)
- Mia Edgar (312) | Rasmus Andersen (312) | Made in Roca (254)
- Andreia Pinheirio (300) | Josh Woodhull (302) | Team Paraguay (208)
- Stephanie Mcguffie (290) | Kaique Cerveny (290) | Team Red (168)
- Luiza Dias (282) | Bruno Marins (284) | Vittoria More Reps (156)
- Evan Cyntiq Soledad (280) | Anderon Primo (280) | Marília 558 (146)
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