The final day of competition at the Brazil CrossFit Championship was full of action and drama as the lively Brazilian crowd packed inside of Ibirapuera Gymnasium in São Paulo witnessed two individuals and a team punch their tickets to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2020 CrossFit Games.
The women’s division:
Melina Rodriguez made history on Sunday afternoon, becoming the first individual athlete to win a Sanctional from Latin America. It wasn’t easy for the two-time Argentine national champion as she had to rally from third place heading into the final day. She was trailing Mexico’s Cecilia Ramirez Villamil by 46 points with just two events to make a run to the title.
Undeterred, she started her run by winning “Amanda on Hands” with a time of 4:48, while Villamil struggled, finishing sixth and seeing her once-comfortable point lead fall to 22 points heading into the final event.
For the final event, the Brazil CrossFit Championship decided not to mess with a successful thing, bringing back the popular “Last Man Standing” event from last year’s final. The elimination-style event was something that both Rodriguez and Villamil each were familiar with after experiencing it last year. Rodriguez finished fifth in last year’s iteration, while Villamil placed sixth.
Villamil just needed to outlast Rodrigiuez to take home the championship trophy. Instead, she was eliminated in the third cut, meaning she needed Rodriguez to also be eliminated in any of the four remaining rounds. Instead, Rodriguez went out and won her second-straight event and with it the competition by two points.
But with Rodriguez already having her Games invitation as the national champion of Argentina, her invite then was passed down to Villamil, who finished second.
- Rodriguez won three events during the competition, giving her five for her career which leads all Latin American athletes.
- After a number of “just-misses”, Villamil will finally receive her first career Games invitation. She just missed earning the invite through the Open this year, finishing second in Mexico for the national champion invite. In 2018, she finished third at the Latin America Regional. In 2019, she placed fourth at the Brazil CrossFit Championship, just one spot away from getting the Sanctional invite.
- Villamil was the only female athlete to record all top-ten finishes. Her worst finish of the weekend was in the opening event where she placed eighth.
- Brazilian Andreia Pinheiro placed third in her first career Sanctional to round out the podium. She started the day in seventh place and used a seventh in “Amanda on Hands” and a runner-up finish to Rodriguez in the final event to make the hometown crowd proud.
- Fellow Brazilians Anita Pravatti and Thais Nunes finished fourth and fifth respectively.
- Mia Edgar was the top American finisher in the field, placing eighth.
The men’s division:
Adam Davidson became the ninth Canadian to punch his ticket to Madison, Wisconsin for the Games. The 28-year old Regional veteran receives his first Games invitation after coming up short in two instances this season. He finished 41st in the Open, not far below the cutline for the Games invite, and then placed third at the Pandaland CrossFit Challenge in December.
Holding onto a 24-point lead over fellow Games hopeful Josh Miller heading into Sunday, Davidson knew his lead was not safe and that he was in for a fight.
After a disastrous finish on the final event on Saturday to lose his lead, Miller came out determined, winning “Amanda on Hands” while Davidson finished fifth in the event. That turned the Canadian’s lead over the American to just four points heading into “Last Man Standing”.
All Davidson needed to do was to finish ahead of Miller to secure his Games invite. Both held on through the first three elimination rounds before Miller was eliminated during the fourth cuts, giving Davidson the Sanctional victory and most importantly the automatic Games invitation.
- Davidson remained the model of consistency through the final day of competition. He was the only male athlete to not record an event finish outside the top-ten.
- With the win by Davidson, Canadians have won five of the ten individual men’s Sanctional titles.
- Miller finished second despite finishing in the top-five in six of the seven events including two event wins.
- Brazil’s Guilherme Domingues gave the home country two third-place finishers on the individual podium. He moved up from fourth at the end of Saturday thanks to two top top-ten finishes on Sunday. He finished with five straight top-ten finishes.
- Marquan Jones was in a position to challenge Davidson after Saturday, sitting just 32 points behind the leader, but struggled with a 15th place in “Amanda on Hands” to knock him out of contention and finished seventh in “Last Man Standing” to knock him off the podium.
- Rasmus Andersen placed fifth in his second-ever Sanctional competing in the individual division. He finished the weekend off with three top-eight finishes including a runner-up finish in “Last Man Standing”. He will now shift his attention to team competition as he and CrossFit Invictus seek a return trip to the Games.
- Joshua Al-Chamaa placed sixth in his fifth Sanctional of the season and third competing in the individual division. A day after picking up his first career individual event win, he closed the day by winning “Last Man Standing” in an exciting head-to-head match-up with Games veteran Andersen. “Mr. Sanctional” will take a week off before returning to the competition floor in Del Mar, California for the West Coast Classic.
The team division:
Canadian team Taranis Lifetree became the ninth team this season to punch their ticket to the Games after holding off Invictus Brazil on Sunday. For the team of Steve Howell, Christina Seeley, Caileigh McDade and Caleb Woiwod this will be their first Games appearance together as a team. Howell and Seeley have each made appearances at the Games, for McDade and Woiwod this will be their first trip.
Their back and forth with Invictus Brazil that started from the start of competition on Friday continued on Sunday. Taranis Lifetree won “Up and Sides Down” in yet another race to the finish with the French team Happy Hearts, winning by five seconds. Invictus Brazil finished third to fall 48 points behind Taranis Lifetree.
The top eight teams then went head-to-head in the final event of the competition, “Last Team Standing”. The team version of the individual event had the crowd on their feet as it featured four teams from Brazil. Invictus Brazil needed Taranis Lifetree to get eliminated in the first two rounds and for them to win the event to receive the coveted Games invitation.
Taranis Lifetree survived the earlier eliminations to clinch the berth and ended up finishing third in the event, their sixth top-three finish. Invictus Brazil won their match-up over hometown favorite Team Treta Blacksheep in the final to finish second overall, 36 points behind Taranis Lifetree.
- Taranis Lifetree won four events. Their worst finish was a fourth place in the opening event, the “Scrum!”
- Invictus Brazil won three events and finished with six top-three finishes.
- Happy Hearts placed third to finish on the podium. They recorded three runner-up event finishes.
- Brazilian teams CFP9 and Team Treta Blacksheep round out the top-five.
The Final Top 10 Leaderboard
- Melina Rodriguez (586) | Adam Davidson (568) | Taranis Lifetree (632)
- Cecilia Ramirez Villamil (584) | Josh Miller (556) | Invictus Brazil (596)
- Andreia Pinheirio (466) | Guilherme Domingues (484) | Happy Hearts (450)
- Anita Pravatti (462) | Marquan Jones (480) | CFP9 (428)
- Luiza Dias (448) | Rasmus Andersen (478) | Team Treta Blacksheep (422)
- Evan Cyntiq Soledad (440) | Joshua Al-Chamaa (460) | Made in Roca (338)
- Thais Nunes (438) | Anderon Primo (452) | Team Paraguay (320)
- Mia Edgar (428) | Agustin Richelme (432) | Vittoria More Reps (238)
- Sol Lupo (326) | Kaique Cerveny (358) | Team Red (188)
- Stephanie Mcguffie (308) | Josh Woodhull (346) | CrossFit Barueri (168)
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