Ten Big Things From Individual Day Two at the 2023 CrossFit Games
Day 2 is done and dusted as 79 individual athletes have completed three more tests and are midway through the four-day event. Test 4: The Alpaca Redux, Test 5: Ski-Bag and Test 6: Helena were the workouts completed, and were full of highs, lows, big moments and celebrations.
Here were ten big things from day 2:
- Rookie Jack Farlow took second place in Test 4: The Alpaca Redux, with a time of 12:54. This is Farlow’s first all time test win as an individual.
- On the women’s side in Test 4, Alex Gazan gutted out the last inches of the sled push as she lost a shoe, then attempted the push with socks, then bare feet, only to quickly throw back on her shoes and manage a dramatic third place finish with a time of 17:25.
- Colten Mertens picked up his first ever event win on Test 5, with a time of 4:30.
- Test 4 and Test 5 saw very few female finishes, as many of the competitors were time-capped. Those who finished Test 4 were Emma Tall, Laura Horvath, Alex Gazan, Emma Lawson and Alexis Raptis. On Test 5, the finishers were Laura Horvath, Alex Gazan, Olivia Kerstetter, Ella Wunger and Ellie Turner.
- Another Games rookie, Ella Wunger, nabbed a heat win on Test 5, with a time of 5:54.
- In a dramatic finish, fan-favorite Chandler Smith passed overall points leader Roman Khrennikov on the final five reps of the sandbag squats in Test 5, and finished in seventh overall, with a time of 4:57.
- On Test 6, rookie Jelle Hoste passed Pat Vellner twice on the run portion, but Vellner overtook him for a heat win, of 8:16. On Vellner’s performance today, Sean Woodland mused that there are certain inevitabilities in life… “death, taxes, and a Patrick Vellner comeback.” Of the 6 tests, Vellner has placed either 6th or 27th.
- After a two-year absence from the Games due to injury, veteran Jamie Simmonds obliterated Test 6, with a time of 8:27, which was her first test win of the event.
- Jeff Adler snagged his first test win of the weekend on Test 6, with a time of 7:56, the only athlete to finish under eight minutes. In the post-test interview, he said, “It’s the third round that counts, and I made it count. You guys are surprised I can run!”
- Two mothers competed in the final heat of women on Test 6, Arielle Loewen and Annie Thorisdottir, who finished the day in 5th place and 7th place respectively.