Bigger, Faster, Stronger: The Top 50 Women of the Open Prove Their Strength in 21.4

April 15, 2021 by
Credit: Comp Train

In 2015, when the concept of a 1 rep max lift immediately following a workout was introduced, the leaderboard saw an immense shake-up of athletes both purposefully taking lower scores on the first part of the workout to lift more as well as specialists coming to the top of the leaderboard with impressive lifts who could not handle the volume of the Metcon portion of the workout. In 2018, the CrossFit community saw a similar phenomenon with workout 18.2 and 18.2a. 

Remind me: In 2015, the average final ranking of the top 50 athletes in the one rep max clean and jerk after the deadlift, toes-to-bar metcon of 15.1 was 12,507 for the men, with 36% of men in the top 50 for that workout not even finishing the full open, and 1,680 for the women. 

  • These numbers differ significantly from the average overall finishes of the top 50 in the first portion of that workout, 15.1, which was 202 for the women and 2,718 for the men.
  • In fact, the average finish for men on 15.1 who finished in the top 50 for 15.1a was 53,842, and the average finish for women on 15.1 who finished in the top 50 for 15.1a was 5,657.

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