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David Shorunke Withdraws from CrossFit Games Due to “Lower Back Issues”

September 19, 2020 by
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The third fittest man in the UK, David Shorunke, has withdrawn from the 2020 CrossFit Games.

What happened: Following his event 5 (“Nasty Nancy”) attempt, Shorunke took to Instagram to announce that he was forced to withdraw from the competition due to “lower back issues.”

  • “Some lower back issues I’ve been struggling with this season flared up after Dirty Diane yesterday. Naughty Nancy’s combination of running and overhead squats exasperated it so that I was unable to complete the event.”
  • “An hour before event 7 kickoff and there’s zero chance of me getting through 150 GHD sit ups + 15 Cleans at 120kg so I have withdrawn from the competition.”

Remind me: Shorunke earned his place in the Games this year at CrossFit Strength in Depth in January in London, England. He placed second behind winner Mat Fraser. Due to Fraser’s position in the Open (second overall), Shorunke received the backfill Games invitation.

  • Shorunke placed 35th in the world in the 2020 Open, which earned him third overall in the UK.
  • This was his first time competing in the Games as an individual in 2016 he competed with Team CrossFit Nordic in Carson.
  • Prior to withdrawing, Shorunke was in 27th place with 119 points. His best finish was ninth in event 4, the 1K row test. He finished with a time of 2:57.

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