Ten Big Things from Individual Day Three at the 2023 CrossFit Games
The first cuts have been made, and another day of competition has come to a close, which saw 60 athletes completing three more tests. Test 7: Cross-Country 5K Run, Test 8: Intervals, and Test 9: Olympic Total were the workouts completed.
Here were some of the biggest, most memorable moments from the day:
- Rookie Jelle Hoste earned his first career test win on Test 7, with a time of 16:39. Jostling with Jeffery Adler, Roman Khrennikov and Lazar Djukic throughout the duration of the 5K course, he finished with a smile on his face. Afterwards, he stated, “that was the one I knew how I could do, and I knew how other athletes could do, and it had to be this one or nothing.”
- Emily Rolfe, winner of Test 7, finished with a time of 17:48, which was 32 seconds faster than 2nd place finisher, Katrin Davidsdottir. She also finished ahead of 17 men.
- With the withdrawal of Ellie Turner due to injury, Kelly Baker was able to jump into the top 30, and survive the first round of cuts. In Test 8, she finished with a heat win with a time of 8:41.
- Emma Lawson proved herself as the burpee box jump over master, as she won Test 8, just as she won, (and set the world record) in Test 1 at Semifinals, by completing 61 burpee box jump overs while wearing a ruck.
- Athletes finally touched a barbell in Test 9. This was the longest time spent without a barbell since the 2015 Games, when athletes completed the Snatch Speed Ladder, which was held on day two, as Test 4.
- In Test 9, Laura Horvath lifted 27 more pounds than second place finisher Christine Kolenbrander, where the margin narrowed to one pound between second and third place, two pounds from third to fourth and eight pounds from fourth to fifth.
- In danger yesterday of falling below the cut line, Jack Farlow and Bronislaw Olenkowicz both went lights out on Test 9. With a total of 701, individual rookie Farlow snagged his first ever test win and with a total of 680, Olenkowicz finished 2nd.
- Friends Annie Thorisdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir shared tender moments during Test 9, as Davidsdottir lifted directly after Thorisdottir, and the two took time to check in with one another and embrace. The crowd roared for both of them, from one lift into the next.
- Half of the women in the top ten at the end of day three are European.
Ten-time Games veteran Noah Ohlsen, having already announced his retirement from the Individual Division, has taken every moment possible to soak up his last few days at the Games. He has spent time interacting with the crowd, pausing between reps, cherishing his time.