Justin Medeiros Continues Moving Day Trend at the CrossFit Games
The individual male athletes had a busy day in Madison, WI, as they completed three more events. Saturday has traditionally been known as “Moving Day,” and Justin Medeiros continued this historic trend by taking the leader’s jersey and some custom NOBULL kicks.
The details: There were three events on the schedule, which tested the athletes in drastically different ways. Rinse N’ Repeat, which Roman Khrennikov won, combined swimming with Ski Erg calories. Guilherme Malheiros won Hat Trick, a three-round blaster featuring a sprint, wall ball shots, and dumbbell snatches.
The final event, Sandbag Ladder, was a pure test of strength. The men had to take turns lifting sandbags. They started at 240 pounds and tried to complete the ladder that went all of the way up to 340 pounds.
Medeiros didn’t win any of the three events, but he just did what was necessary to grab the leader’s jersey for the first time in 2022. He finished Rinse N’ Repeat in seventh place, two spots ahead of leader Ricky Garard.
- Medeiros continued to stockpile points by finishing second in Hat Trick. He completed all three rounds in 4:01.83 while Garard finished 12th with a time of 4:18.37.
- This performance was enough to give Medeiros an 11-point lead heading into the final event of the day. Though he would need another strong performance to keep the jersey.
Neither Garard nor Medeiros won the final event on Moving Day. That honor went to Malheiros and Nick Mathew, who both tied in the tiebreaker after failing to lift the 350-pound sandbag.
- Medeiros and Garard both lifted the 330-pound bag, but they failed to hoist the 340-pound bag. They headed to the tiebreaker with Saxon Panchik, who also completed 330 pounds before failing at 340.
- Medeiros had some gas left in the tank, which he used to throw the three remaining sandbags over the yoke. He beat Panchik across the finish line while Garard was third. This helped him add another six points to his total and keep the lead heading into the final day.
Repeating history: Medeiros taking the leader’s jersey without winning an event is nothing new. He did exactly this in 2021 by posting 12 top-10 finishes in the first 14 events. Medeiros then won the final event to cement his spot in the history books.
A tight race: Medeiros holds the top spot after adding six points to his lead while Garard sits in second heading into Sunday. Khrennikov is 25 points back of second place after posting a 13th-place finish in the Sandbag Ladder. All three have shown that they are capable of winning the CrossFit Games over the first 10 events, but they will have to keep this momentum.
This trio seemingly has a stranglehold on the podium. Jeffrey Adler (fourth), Panchik (fifth), and Kwant (sixth) are all within striking distance. Though Adler is 148 points behind Khrennikov with three events remaining.