Who’s Competing at the 2022 Dubai Fitness Championship

October 9, 2022 by
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The videos have been reviewed, the scores finalized and Friday morning, the invitations have been sent out to 40 men and women for the ten-year anniversary of the prestigious Dubai Fitness Championship being held on December 2-4. The field is a well-balanced mixture of CrossFit Games veterans and young up-and-comers from all corners of the world.


The men’s invitation list features 11 athletes who have competed at the Games including eight from this past year, six as individuals and two on a team. 

  1. Fabian Beneito
  2. Giorgos Karavis
  3. Lazar Djukic
  4. Alex Kotoulas
  5. Jonne Koski
  6. Aniol Ekai
  7. Vladimir Sechin
  8. Damian Martinez Satorres
  9. Luka Djukic
  10. Samuel Cournoyer (WD)
  11. Luka Vunjak
  12. Ricky Garard (WD)
  13. Guillaume Briant
  14. Javier Gonzalez
  15. Victor Hoffer
  16. Reggie Fasa
  17. Michal Wesolowski
  18. Brent Fikowski
  19. Simon Mantyla
  20. Khan Porter
  21. Moritz Fiebig
  22. Nikita Yundov

Beneito came out of the qualifier unscathed and $5,000 richer after winning the online stage. He’s one of four Spaniards that have been extended an invitation.

Fikowski returns to the competition that he won back in 2019 with last year’s Dubai podium finishers Lazar Djukic and Garard, who finished second and third respectively, the early favorites among the invitees.

Cournoyer and Porter, who both competed at the Games on a team, earned invites as individual athletes. Cournoyer was a member of Mayhem Freedom, the winners of the Affiliate Cup while Porter was a key component of the CrossFit Reykjavik team that placed fourth in Madison.


The women’s invite list features eight athletes who have competed at the Games including six from this past year. 

  1. Claudia Gluck
  2. Aoife Burke
  3. Jamie Simmonds
  4. Oihana Moya
  5. Seher Kaya
  6. Matilde Garnes
  7. Emily Rolfe
  8. Manon Angonese
  9. Tayla Howe
  10. Aimee Cringle
  11. Freya Moosbrugger
  12. Karin Freyova
  13. Andrea Solberg
  14. Valentina Magalotti
  15. Maria Langfors
  16. Ella Wunger
  17. Dana Paran
  18. Valentina Rangel
  19. Hanna Karlsson
  20. Lena Richter

The Dubai Championship has prided itself on giving up-and-comers and relatively unknown athletes a chance to compete and flourish against the top stars in the sport. Emma Lawson, Gabriela Migala and Freyova are among that group in the women’s field. Gluck, a two-time individual Semifinalist could be this year’s athlete to watch, the native of France held off Ireland’s Burke for a one point win in the qualifier.

Simmonds made the United Arab Emirates her home for a number of years and has competed at the event as an individual twice, winning the title in 2014.

The competition will also be Rolfe’s first since having to withdraw from the Games to get emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in her arm.

Kaya, Freyova, Garnes and Moosbrugger competed at the Games this past season with all but Freyova making their rookie appearance.

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