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Nerding Out at Semifinals: 13 Stats from Day 1 in Europe

June 2, 2023 by
Photo Credit: Ava Kitzi
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One of the most competitive Semifinals of the season began today in Europe and we already had a few surprises to go along with some of our easier predictions.

Starting off in Event 1, we immediately saw much faster average finish times due to the difference in flooring material, leading to a new women’s event world record set by Jennifer Muir with a time of 23:48.

The usual favorites are doing well as expected, but only Lazar Djukic so far has set himself apart from the field.

Let’s take a look at some of his numbers as well as interesting stats from the rest of the European field on individuals Day 1 after 2 events:

  1. Lazar Djukic has two top 3 finishes on Day 1 (2nd, 3rd), sitting 1st overall with a 28 point lead over 2nd place.
  1. Lazar Djukic has still never had a Semifinal event finish outside of the top 10, and he has finished in the top 3 nine times out of the 14 total Semifinal events he has ever completed so far.
  1. With a 7th in E1 and 8th in E2, Annie Thorisdottir has still never placed outside the top 10 in a Semifinal workout.
  1. With 57 total burpee box jump overs, Jonne Koski sets the new men’s world record in Event 2, beating out Scott Tetlow and Colten Mertens from North America West by 1 rep.
  1. Emma Lawson’s world record score of 61 total burpees at North America East in Event 2 will stand as no women were able to beat it. 
  1. At his first ever Semifinal, Jelle Hoste from Belgium gets his 1st ever Semifinal event win in Test 1.
  1. Due to a much slicker floor, which made the sled pulls much easier, Danielle Brandon’s winning time of 26:35 in Test 1 would’ve placed her 21st in Europe.
  1. Laura Horvath’s 23rd place finish in Test 1 was her first ever Semifinal event finish outside of 10th.
  1. All women in the top 10 on Test 2 weigh 70kg (154lb) or less, showing once again that lighter, shorter women dominate E2.
  1. 32 seconds by ex-gymnast Victor Hoffer was the fastest any man finished their 5 ring complexes in Event 2.
  1. French athlete Claudia Gluck got the 2nd worst finish among all athletes in Test 1 (58th) but then immediately got the 2nd best finish in Test 2 (2nd).
  1. Sara Sigmundsdottir is currently sitting in 14th, just 19 points out of a Games qualifying spot. This would be the first time she made the CrossFit Games since 2020.
  1. 3 women from Sweden are currently in the top 10 overall after Day 1 (Emma Tall 1st, Madeleine Persson 6th, Ella Wunger 8th).

Absolutely nothing is guaranteed after today and we expect chaos tomorrow on both the men’s and women’s sides as we see who actually is a real contender.

Former champ Annie Thorisdottir is currently in 2nd overall, whereas the overall favorite to win the Crossfit Games this year, Laura Horvath is sitting all the way down at 10th.

Will Horvath make a push tomorrow or will Thorisdottir and Gabriela Migala run away with it?

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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