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The Brazil CrossFit Championship Day One Recap

June 11, 2021 by
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Day one of the Brazil CrossFit Championship came to a close on Friday afternoon as scores and videos of the first two workouts were submitted to CrossFit by the noon PST deadline. With only two 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games invitations per division on the line it was crucial that athletes and teams have a strong start in the CrossFit programmed virtual workouts.

The women’s division:

After having her first Games opportunity taken away from her last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Larissa Cunha made it be known on the opening day of the BCC that she is the woman to beat in the division. The Brazilian recorded an event win in Workout 1, “Friendly Fran, with a time of 3:43, and followed that with a second place in Workout 2, opening up a 16-point lead over the field. 

  • Cunha’s time in Friendly Fran is the second fastest recorded during a CrossFit competition behind Tia-Clair Toomey’s time of 3:40 during the online stage of the 2020 Games. She is just one of three women to finish the workout under 4:00.
  • Argentinian Sasha Nieves currently occupies the second Games spot with a third place in Workout 1 and a fourth in Workout 2. Like Cunha, the 23-year old is seeking her first Games appearance.
  • Victoria Campos sits in third place, 12 points out of a Games qualifying spot. The Brazilian won Workout 2, finishing the workout in 12:59, nearly a minute ahead of Cunha.
  • Joining Campos in the current Last Chance Qualifier spots are Argentinians Alexia Williams and Games veteran Melina Rodriguez, who are both tied with 160 points, eight points behind Campos.
  • Valentina Rangel was the runner-up in Friendly Fran with a time of 4:01, the fourth fastest time ever in a CrossFit competition. She sits in ninth overall.

The men’s division:

An Argentinian sits atop the leaderboard after Day 1 but it’s not the one many were expecting to see. Agustin Richelme, a 2019 Games athlete as Argentina’s national champion, holds a 16-point lead thanks to back-to-back runner-up finishes in the opening two events. 

  • Brazilian sensation Guilherme Malheiros sits in second place on the heels of his “Friendly Fran” to kick-off the virtual Semifinal. The 21-year old’s time of 3:40 is the fifth-fastest recorded time in the event in CrossFit competition. 
  • Tied with Malheiros in second place is fellow Brazilian Kaique Cerveny. The 23-year old has a third place finish in “Friendly Fran” and a fifth place in Workout 2.
  • Making it a three-way tie currently for the second Games invitation is former Games athlete and Venezualean national champion Omar Martinez. Martinez ended Day 1 with back-to-back fourth place finishes.
  • South America Quarterfinal champion Nicolas Bidarte sits in the fifth spot, just 12 points behind second place. The Argentinian shook off a disappointing 10th place finish to win Workout 2 while doing the workouts alongside Richelme. He won with a time of 13:17, the sixth-best time in the World on Friday.

The team division:

As was expected, Fourmixx Brazil sits at the top of the leaderboard after Day 1. Overall the top three teams in the BCC are separated by a mere 10 points after the day’s two events.

  • With one event win under their belt, Fourmixx beat Q21 CrossFit by just three seconds in the first workout, they then went on to take second in the second event of the day.
  • CrossFit Villa Luro currently sits in second place overall after a third place finish in event one set them back behind Fourmixx Brazil by just five points.

On tap for day 2: Two more events are on the docket for Day 2 including a descending triplet of muscle-ups, front-rack lunges and double-unders in Workout 3 and a 10-minute workout that features ascending snatches in Workout 4.

The Top Overall Top 10 After Day 1

  1. Larissa Cunha (196) | Agustin Richelme (192) | Fourmixx Brazil (195)
  2. Sasha Nieves (180) | Guilherme Malheiros (176) | CrossFit Vila Luro (190)
  3. Victoria Campos (168) | Kaique Cerveny (176) | Q21 (185)
  4. Alexia Williams (160) | Omar Martinez (176) | Team Treta (160)
  5. Melina Rodriguez (160) | Nicolas Bidarte (164) | Ignorantes (145)
  6. Julia Kato (152) | Ivan Verdun (148) | Team Samurai (140)
  7. Amanda Fusuma (148) | Piero Gorichon (136) | Team Punk (115)
  8. Thais Nunes (144) | Joao Pedro Barcelos (129) | CFP9 (110)
  9. Valentina Rangel (142) | Tomas Sarmiento (128) | team Treta Kids (95)
  10. Luiza Dias (137) | Julian Serna (127) | Square Team (90)

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