15-Year-Old Gustavo Pusch Demolishes Snatch Event With 237 Pound Lift
The teen divisions kicked off the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games with three events testing a variety of skills. 15-year-old Gustavo Pusch used the opportunity to turn heads during the final event by snatching 237 pounds/107kg.
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One big thing: Locking in 237 pounds/107kgs kept Pusch 17 pounds/7kgs ahead of runner-up Isaiah Weber. He was only one of four athletes to top the 200 pound/90kg mark, and he did so in a decisive fashion while adding even more points to his total.
- Ty Jenkins turned in a solid performance during the one-rep max snatch event. The American lifted 215 pounds/97kgs and locked up a third place finish.
- Caden Poulin rounded out the group of teen male athletes (14-15), hitting 200 pounds/90kg right on the mark to join his peers in an exclusive club.
Punching above his weight: Pusch’s lift was impressive in its own right, especially considering what some of the older athletes did. For comparison, only four of the athletes in the 16-17 division snatched more than him.
- Austria’s Elias Simburger hit 255 pounds/115kgs, while American David Bradley took the event win with 262 pounds/118kgs.
- Two more residents of the United States — Nate Ackermann and Jace Peck — both tied for third with 247 pound/112kg snatches. New Zealand’s Hiko o te rangi Curtis rounded out the top five with a 227 pound/102kg snatch.
The snatch event is not the only one that Pusch used to showcase his skills. The Brazilian also took home Event 2 with an impressive finish of 3:06 in the legless rope climb/deadlift event. Weber finished second with a time of 3:34.81.
Bottom line: The first day and two event wins catapulted Pusch to the top of the leaderboard. If Pusch continues to fight for wins in the 14-15 age division at the same level that he displayed on Tuesday, he will set himself up for a potential spot on the podium. Achieving this goal will not be a simple task, but the Brazilian is off to a strong start in Madison, WI.