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What the Quarterfinals Cut Line Looks Like After CrossFit Open 21.1

March 17, 2021 by
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In the lead up to the Open we evaluated what some of the expectations were with regards to the 10% rule that ultimately will progress athletes to the Quarterfinals. Now that one workout is in the books, and more importantly, that the deadline for registration that HQ is using to find the cut line has passed, let’s take a look at some of the numbers:

Division# AthletesCut line place21.1 Score
Men – North America73,2717,327383 reps (13:20)
Men – Europe34,0273,402386 (11:38)
Men – Oceana9,902990385 (12:34)
Men – Asia8,124812389 reps (12:27)
Men – South America7,036703388 (11:09)
Men – Africa4,212421381 reps (13:34)

Notable Takeaways:

  • The results are very consistent on the men’s side of things for 21.1 with a range of only 8 reps between the highest and lowest minimum number of reps needed to place in the top 10% per continent.
  • The high water mark is in Asia, where an athlete needed 389 reps and a tie break time of 12:27 to crack the top 10%.
  • The low barrier mark is in Africa with 381 reps and a tiebreak of 13:34.
Division# AthletesCut line place21.1 Score
Women – North America53,5935,359378 (14:00)
Women – Europe19,0041,904381 (13:25)
Women – Oceana7,796779379 (14:05)
Women – South America3,889388379 (13:39)
Women – Asia3,590359381 (13:16)
Women – Africa2,781278337 (8:22)

Notable Takeaways:

  • There’s a much bigger disparity from the high to low numbers required to meet the minimum threshold on the women’s side.
  • On the high side, Asian and European athletes both needed a minimum of 381 reps, but Asia takes the tiebreak by :09 over Europe.
  • On the low side is the biggest outlier. In Africa, a score of 337 reps and a tiebreak of 8:22 would still have been good enough to get into the top 10%

Big picture: Through one week, the numbers bode very well for CrossFit LLC. With the exception of the clear outlier for women in Africa, this data suggests that at the cut-line (10% in each continent) the caliber of athlete who will be advancing to the next stage of competition is very similar. 

Masters and Teenage Divisions:

Another notable change to the competitive season with regard to the cut lines is in the Age Group divisions. Unlike previous years where there was a hard line at 200 athletes in each division regardless of registration or performance, this year every age group division will also qualify 10% of their athletes to the second stage of competition, the Age Group Online Qualifier.

Masters Women:

Division# AthletesCut line place21.1 Score
Women 35-3916,8261,682377 (14:10)
Women 40-4412,2431,224373 (9:30)
Women 45-497,390739312 (8:54)
Women 50-544,299429255 (10:09)
Women 55-592,457245219 (11:14)
Women 60-641,345134209 (14:51)
Women 65+6966977 (5:05)

Masters Men:

Division# AthletesCut line place21.1 Score
Men 35-3927,0792,707382 (12:49)
Men 40-4419,7831,978378 (14:14)
Men 45-4912,2311,223361 (7:53)
Men 50-547,052705294 (9:12)
Men 55-593,795379224 (11:06)
Men 60-641,859185216 (11:32)
Men 65+1,038103119 (9:03)

In the case of the Masters divisions the 10% rule seems to be very prudent. As one can see for both the men and women, there is a quite a significant difference in terms of total number of registrants by division, and it’s a perfect correlation: as the ages go up, the number of participants go down.

The scores required for the 35-39 and 40-44 divisions are not too far off from the individual scores. And as the age groups go up, the minimum number of reps goes down. This again makes perfect sense given the fact that the Rx version of this workout was the same for all divisions.

Teenage Girls:

Division# AthletesCut line place21.1 Score
Teen girls 14-151,176117349 (7:52)
Teen girls 16-171,521152381 (13:39)

Teenage Boys:

Division# AthletesCut line place21.1 Score
Teen boys 14-151,439143333 (7:41)
Teen boys 16-171,879187385 (11:43)

For the teenagers there is a lot less variance in terms of participation, but as expected, the caliber of athletes is slightly better in the 16-17 division than in the 14-15 division for both boys and girls. 

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