Matilde Garnes and Jan Matiaska Take 2022 iF3 World Championships in Mexico
Norway’s Matilde Garnes and Switzerland’s Jan Matiaska took the fifth annual International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3) 2022 World Championships, which took place in Hermosillo, Mexico Dec. 16-18.
Garnes continues an impressive showing as of late as she came 19th at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games after narrowly missing out of qualifying the previous year. She also finished 14th at the Rogue Invitational and has CrossFit Games retired legend Kristin Holte helping her mental game.
iF3 president Gretchen Kittelberger said the two top divisions were tales of different stories:
- “The men’s division was up in the air the entire weekend with the podium positions changing every test,” she said. “In the women’s division, a core group separated themselves early on and performed consistently all weekend.”
Switzerland’s Nicole Heer came second in the women’s division and Seher Kaya came third. Rounding out the men’s division was Felix Rehder from Germany and Victor Helsinghof from (Norway. In the team division Norway took the title with Mexico second and Costa Rica third . Norway was perfect in the team division, capturing 600 out of 600 points.
This is the first time the iF3 World Championship has been held in the western hemisphere since 2017 and next year it will be held in Oslo, Norway.
Special awards were also handed out this weekend, including:
- Most improved: Nicole Heer (Switzerland)
- Rookie of the Year: Victor Helsinghof (Norway)
- Best uniforms: Australia
- Sportsmanship Award: Ivan Gonzalez (Spain)
- Best Nation: Norway (this is calculated by awarding three points for a gold, two points for a silver, one for a bronze across all divisions and adding up the Total points)
Remind me: The iF3 World Championships is the premier event of the iF3 season. All countries with a national federation which is a member of the iF3 are eligible to send athletes to the world championships. Countries are responsible for developing objective selection procedures and choosing the athletes that will represent their country at worlds
The iF3’s mission is to grow the sport worldwide and develop training and competition opportunities for athletes by gaining recognition for the sport by the International Olympic Committee with an ultimate goal to see the sport in the Olympic Games.