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CrossFit Games Day Four Individual Recap

August 6, 2023 by
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At the end of a season that started in the spring with the CrossFit Open, we are down to the top .01% of the athletes, with twenty men and twenty women remaining to compete on the final day in Madison. The athletes began in North Park. 

Test 10: “Muscle-up Logs”

  • 5 rounds for time:

7 muscle-ups

1 sandbag over 3 logs

Rounds 1-4 = (100/150lb), Round 5 = (125/200lb)

3, 2, 1…Go!

It was a test that could be tough for Roman Khrennikov, as he typically does not do well on workouts with high-volume muscle-ups. Patrick Vellner took the lead with Jeff Adler and Jelle Hoste close behind, but all the men stayed close. The two Canadians continued to lead the majority of the test until the final round, when Vellner received a no-rep on a muscle-up. That allowed Jonne Koski to move up and grab a second-place finish.

Of note:

  • That made three straight event wins for a Canadian male.


  1. Jeff Adler
  2. Jonne Koski
  3. Jelle Hoste


The bags got a little lighter, but the log height stayed the same for the women. Emma Cary came out strong, followed closely by Laura Horvath and Alex Gazan. The height of the logs did not end up as a hindrance until the final round, as even the shorter women managed to clear them. Horvath made a move around four minutes in and started to pull away on the odd object, as she has done before. She began the last round on her own and had no problem with the heavier sandbag and began to chip away at Emma Lawson’s overall lead with a test win.

Of note:

  • This was Horvath’s fourth test win of the weekend.


  1. Laura Horvath
  2. Alex Gazan 
  3. Arielle Loewen

Test 11: “Parallel Bar Pull”

  • 8 rounds for time:

Down and back P-bar traverse

30 heavy-rope double-unders

1 section hand-over-hand sled pull

3, 2, 1…Go!

The men headed into the Coliseum for the final time this weekend to take on the final two tests. The parallel bars were back, and the men showed that they had trained it this season after it appeared for the first time at the Games last year. 

Lazar Djukic and Jay Crouch highlighted the first heat. Will Moorad was in second place the entire heat but had a slight sled malfunction that caused him to lose a few spots on the leaderboard. The second men’s heat took the floor, and it was revealed that Khrennikov had hurt his left foot at the end of the last test. It was assumed he would sit when he got to the double-under portion of the test, but he picked up the rope and jumped on one leg. The crowd roared. While Roman battled, Brent Fikoswki attacked and won the heat and test in a convincing fashion. In one of the most inspirational moments ever seen in CrossFit, Roman worked until the time cap as the crowd looked on teary-eyed and in awe.

Of note:

  • Roman’s performance moved the Coliseum to tears.
  • It was another Canadian male test win.


  1. Brent Fikowski
  2. Patrick Vellner
  3. Jonne Koski


After the emotional men’s final heat, the women took the floor and Danielle Brandon started to separate herself quickly from the other women. She took the heat, and Paige Powers finished closely behind. All of the women finished sub-thirteen minutes in the first heat. 

The final heat started with a tight race atop the leaderboard. Laura Horvath took the lead, and Arielle Loewen nipped at her heels. Emma Lawson fell to the back of the heat, having some problems with the traverse turn on the parallel bar. Horvath smelled the blood in the water and won the test, while Lawson was seventh in the heat.

Of note:

  • It was Horvath’s third consecutive test win.


  1. Laura Horvath
  2. Danielle Brandon
  3. Alex Gazan

Test 12: “Echo Thruster Final”

  • For time:


Echo Bike calories

Thrusters (85/115 lb) (95/135 lb) (105/155 lb)

Then 66-foot overhead walking lunge (105/155lb)

3, 2, 1…Go!

The final event in Madison started with a bang, and Colton Mertens showed off his range of motion on the thrusters against the big guys. Sam Kwant took the lead in the first heat when it came to pick up the bar for the overhead walking lunge, with Justin Medeiros behind. Kwant took the heat with the defending champ in second. Kwant was the only man to go sub seven minutes. It was unofficially the last time we saw Noah Ohlson competing as an individual at the CrossFit Games. 

The top men on the leaderboard took the floor for the final heat, even Khrennikov, who was only able to bike. Dallin Pepper and Jay Crouch were the first men to the second set of thrusters, and Pepper held strong to win the test. Jeff Adler finished third in the test and was crowned the Fittest Man on Earth for the first time.  

Of note:

  • Jeffrey Adler is the first Canadian champion since 2007.
  • Roman Khrennikov still managed to earn a spot on the podium, taking third.


  1. Dallin Pepper
  2. Sam Kwant
  3. Justin Medeiros


Bethany Flores was the first woman to the thrusters in the first heat but was quickly passed by Emily Rolfe and Annie Thorisdottir. Olivia Kerstetter closed the gap on the heavier thrusters, and she lunged across the floor to win her heat. 

The top ten women were introduced on the loudspeaker, and they got to work, and Emma Lawson and Katrin Davidsdottir exited the Echo Bike first and moved to the thrusters. Horvath made her move when she got to the second set of thrusters, and after a couple of calculated breaks, she lunged across the floor to be named the winner of the CrossFit Games. 

Of note:

  • Horvath is the first European woman to win the Games since 2016.
  • Emma Lawson is the youngest woman to stand on the podium as an Individual.


  1. Olivia Kerstetter
  2. Katrin Davidsdottir
  3. Gabriela Migala

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