CrossFit Games

Justin Medeiros Moves Closer to Title Repeat With Last Day Consistency

August 7, 2022 by
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The final day of the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games kicked off with two events that set the stage for a strong finale. The reigning Fittest Man on Earth, Justin Medeiros, went winless in the rain and in the Coliseum, but he increased his lead with two more strong performances. 

The details: The day started with Alpaca, an event that featured heavy sled pushes with a decreasing number of double kettlebell clean and jerks. The original event also included a rope climb, but CrossFit nixed it due to inclement weather. 

The second event of the day, Back Nine, was another test of strength and form. The athletes had to carry a 665-pound 54 feet before doing two front squats (315 pounds), three deadlifts (475 pounds), two front squats, and a final yoke carry. 

Roman Khrennikov was the big story during Alpaca. He led the way up and down the field and secured his second event win while Justin Medeiros and Ricky Garard battled in the middle of the heat. 

  • The event took an interesting turn on the final set of clean and jerks. Garard was in front of Medeiros, and it appeared that he would cut into the lead. However, he had to take a break on his final rep while Medeiros powered through.
  • The two men were neck-and-neck on the final sled push, but Medeiros was slightly faster. He pushed his way to the finish line for a fifth-place finish and then Jayson Hopper jumped ahead of Garard at the end to finish sixth.

Back Nine featured the heaviest weights of the weekend, but it was a frantic event. Willy Georges set the time to beat in Heat 1 by completing the entire workout in 1:29.25. This remained until the final group of men took the floor. 

Jeffrey Adler, a man known for his strength, basically sprinted through his first yoke carry before reaching the barbells first. He received a no-rep for depth on his first front squat, but he cleaned up his form and completed the rest of the lifts without issue. Adler then quickly finished off his final yoke carry to win the event with a time of 1:17.40. 

  • Once again, Medeiros was not the first or second man back on the final movement. Adler was first while Khrennikov followed. However, the defending champ went unbroken on his final yoke carry and passed his fellow contender at the end to secure third behind Adler and Georges. 
  • Khrennikov finished sixth in the event after Samuel Kwant passed him at the end to take fifth. Guilherme Malheiros’ time from the second heat stood and secured a fourth-place finish while Garard ultimately ended the event in 13th after struggling on the yoke carry. 

The points: Medeiros’ consistency helped him maintain his stranglehold on first, and it added more points to his total. He is now 35 points ahead of Khrennikov heading into the final event and 65 ahead of Garard. 

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