The Most Competitive Top Ten Men’s Field in Games History?

May 18, 2021 by
Credit: The CrossFit Games

For the first time in eleven years, neither Rich Froning nor Mat Fraser will compete in the men’s individual division of the CrossFit Games. Commentators and prognosticators (myself included) have suggested that as a result, this year’s final heat of the men’s competition would be the most competitive ever. 

It’s an easy claim to make, but a bit tougher to support statistically. Jeremy Schwartz of Maxability Sports and CrossFit, took it upon himself to do the research and what follows is a discussion of what he found. 

The data: Schwartz took the top ten finishers in the men’s field going back to 2007 and applied a uniform scoring system to those athletes. He opted for the Open style scoring system (one point for first, two points for second, etc.). The points awarded are not relative to the other top ten athletes, they are their actual finishing positions from the events at the Games that year relative to all of the athletes who competed in each event. 

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