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Roman Khrennikov Builds 100 Point Lead Heading into Moving Day

August 4, 2023 by
Photo Credit: Ava Kitzi
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The individuals kicked off Friday with the return of “The Alpaca.” Last year, the rain caused the rope climbs to be removed from the original version of this test, but “The Alpaca Redux” allowed us to see if the rope climbs made a difference. 

The day was bridged by Test 5: Ski-Bag, a sprint of SkiErg and heavy sandbag squats and finished with Test 6: Helena, a scaled up version of the popular benchmark Helen. 

The story on the men’s side looked similar to Thursday, with Roman Khrennikov taking his second test win and another top five finish. He has only had one placement outside the top five after two days of competition. 

New version of “The Alpaca,” same result for Khrennikov: Roman Khrennikov and Brent Fikowski battled in the final heat of Test 4: The Alpaca Redux, but Khrennikov was able to pull away in the final round for his second test win of the weekend. 

  • Khrennikov thanked Adrian Bozman for bringing this workout back and “creating it for him,” in a post-test interview. Khrennikov won the 2022 version of The Alpaca and handily won the 2023 version to kick off his second day of competition. 

Khrennikov extended his overall lead to 105 points over Chandler Smith following Test 5: Ski-Bag. Khrennikov had a commanding lead in the final heat, but lost steam and was passed by Chandler Smith and Jeffrey Adler in the final set of 20 sandbag squats. 

  • Six men from earlier heats finished ahead of Khrennikov’s time, earning him a ninth place for the test. This was Khrennikov’s only finish outside the top five throughout two days and six tests of competition. 

Roman Khrennikov could have sat out Test 6: Helena and still would have been in the lead heading into Saturday. You would never have known Khrennikov had a 105 point cushion over second place while watching him. He attacked the run and led the pack after the first round, but Jeffrey Adler pulled away in the final round to win on Friday night. 

  • Adler was the only individual to finish the workout in under eight minutes, and joked in a post-test interview: “You guys are surprised I can run.” 

Khrennikov ended the day with 543 points, creating a 100 point cushion on Jeffrey Adler, who leapfrogged Chandler Smith on the podium into second place. Only 51 points separates second (Jeffrey Adler) through seventh place (Patrick Vellner) on the men’s side, setting the stage for an incredible moving day for the men at the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

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