The second event of the Dubai CrossFit Championship Online Challenge continued its theme of testing the physical and mental fortitude of all its participants. The top finishers of event two in each of the eight divisions found themselves atop of their respective leaderboards with one more event to go and a handsome prize purse for each champion.
Event 2: A grueling triplet that featured a 15-minute AMRAP in ascending order of box jumps, step downs and single-arm dumbbell thrusters awaited the athletes. The weight of the dumbbell (50 lbs for men/35 lbs for women) and height (24 inches for men/20 inches for women) of the box was the standard across all the divisions.
Looking at the Leaderboard: There was little change in the leaderboard from the opening event as all eight divisions feature races for the coveted prize purse. Here’s a look at the unofficial leaderboard for each division.
- Women’s Division: Canadian Carolyn Prevost picked up her second event win in as many chances once again sharing top honors this time with Swede Mikaela Norman, both scored 425 reps. Samantha Briggs finished third with 421 reps followed by American Hannah Pruitt with 414 reps. Sara Sigmundsdottir finished fifth, just one rep behind Pruitt. Prevost holds the overall lead with two points for the $10,000 prize purse with Briggs and Sigmundsdottir tied for second, just four points behind her. A pair of national champions complete the top-five in Larissa Cunha (Brazil) with 15 points and Emma McQuaid (Ireland) with 16 points.
- Men’s Division: Russian Alexander Ilin makes it two-for-two with 394 reps for the event win. Canadian national champion Jeffrey Adler finished second with 386 reps followed by Latvian national champion Uldis Upenieks (385 reps), Stas Solodov (384 reps) and American Brendan Willis (383 reps) in the top-five. Ilin holds a four-point lead over fellow countryman Solodov and Upenieks in the overall standings. Adler is in fourth just five points out of the overall lead. Fellow Canadian Nick Anapolsky is in fifth.
- Women’s 40+ Division: Two-time Games runner-up in the 40-44 division Kelly Friel continued to dominate in the division, winning event two by 23 reps over Joey Kimdon (362 reps). Jenn Ryan finished third (344 reps) followed by Sara Blunck (335 reps) and Kirsten Mckessar (329 reps). Friel holds a four-point lead in the overall standings for the $5,000 prize purse ahead of American’s Kimdon and Ryan.
- Men’s 40+ Division: France’s Anthony Gallett kept his winning ways by completing 349 reps, three reps more than Kiwi Ryan McCarthy. Brazil’s Tche placed third with 342 reps. Jamie Bosma (334 reps) and Nick Deschenes (329 reps) rounded out the top-five. Gallett is in the overall lead by just three points ahead of McCarthy. Derek Arbez sits in third followed by Tony Kurz and Bosma.
- Women’s 50+ Division: Francoise Mahier dominated event two for her second win in as many chances. She completed 350 reps, 32 more than second-place finisher Tia Vesser. Maricruz Prieto was third with 299 reps followed by Joyanne Cooper (297 reps) and Laurie Meschishnick (295 reps). Seven athletes did not record a score in event two, leaving a field of 13 athletes vying for the $5,000 first-place prize. Mahier holds the upper hand with two event wins and a three-point lead over Vesser in the overall leaderboard. Prieto and Cooper are tied for third just seven points behind Mahier. Meschishnick sits in fifth place.
- Men’s 50+ Division: The Brits once again led the way in event two as Simon Wilson-Storey won event two with 278 reps and Michael Johnson tied David Asier Madina De Salustiano in second with 273 reps. Mark Christoffersen (270 reps) and Kirill Karasev (261 reps) placed fourth and fifth respectively. Johnson and Wilson-Storey remain tied on the overall leaderboard with Asier Madina De Salustiano one point behind the leaders.
- Teen Girls (18 and under) Division: Coming off her impressive showing in event one where she recorded the most reps by any female in any division, phenom Emma Cary once again dominated with 398 reps for the event win. The 16-year old 2019 Games champion in the 14-15-year-old division did 29 more reps than second-place finisher and 2018 Games, 14-15-year-old division champion Olivia Sulek. Brazil’s Luiza Marques tied American Lilly Rodriguez in third place with 338 reps. Cary leads Sulek in the overall leaderboard by two points. Marques, Rodriguez and Sarah Schaefer occupy the last three spots of the top-five.
- Teen Boys (18 and under) Division: Eighteen-year-old Aussie Zac Thomas again showed he’s ready for the elite division by following his event one win with a resounding event two victory. His 374 reps were 31 more than runner-up Oscar Sweeney. Nikita Gonin placed third with 342 reps. Dallin Pepper (335 reps) and Reece Mitchell (330 reps) finished fourth and fifth respectively. Thomas leads Sweeney by three points in the race for the $3,000 prize purse. Mitchell, Pepper and Artemiy Lushchikov are all within reach of Thomas and his lead.
What’s in store in the final event: The third and final event is a triplet of 12 rounds for time of five handstand pushups (strict for men), ten single-arm hang dumbbell snatches (50 lbs for men/35 lbs for women) and 30 double-unders.
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