El Fin: A 2023 Madrid Championship Recap

September 10, 2023 by
Photo Credit: Madrid Championship
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The Madrid Championship has wrapped up for another year, and as is the case annually, there were some big names competing on the men’s side, women’s side and amongst the teams. 

Programmed by Elliot Simmonds, the seven tests included new implements, strict gymnastics and heavy barbells. After three days of competition, the fittest in Madrid was crowned and went home with medals and paychecks in tow. 

The highlights: Although there was quite a bit of jostling on both the elite men’s and women’s side throughout the competition, the top five competitors of both divisions remained relatively similar, save for a small bit of leapfrogging here and there. 

Men’s Division

  • After the first four tests, Travis Mayer jumped up the leaderboard into third place, behind Lazar Djukic, who was in first, and brother Luka Djukic, who was in second. This was thanks to Mayer’s second place finish on Test 4, the 5K run. After a win on Test 5, Mayer continued his climb up the leaderboard into second place, entering the final day. 
  • After a 1st and 3rd place finish on Tests 1 and 2, Jonne Koski was sitting high on the leaderboard but after his 17th and 13th place finishes on Tests 3 and 4, he dropped to 6th. His 2nd place finish on Test 5 bumped him back up to 4th place, to finish out day two of competition.
  • The Djukic brothers battled it out on Test 5, with Luka edging out Lazar by five seconds, giving Luka 3rd place and Lazar 4th in the test.
  • After Test 6, the men’s leaderboard continued to shuffle, thanks to a win by Koski on Test 6, after which he jumped up to second, and bumped down Mayer and Luka Djukic. Lazar held strong at first place overall by 30 points as he entered the final test.

Women’s Division

  • Karin Frey had an incredible showing over the past few days, with multiple test wins, including Test 5, where Jacqueline Dahlstrom took second place and Anikha Greer took third. 
  • Like Travis Mayer, Anikha Greer jumped around a bit on the leaderboard this weekend, with two second place finishes in the midst of a 29th place finish on Test 4, the 5K run. She hung on tightly, and entered the final day of competition in second place. 
  • Due to her test win on Test 6, Greer tightened her lead over third place holder Silvia Garcia, and sat safely in second place. In the same test, Thuri Helgadottir took second, which moved her up to sixth overall.

Team Division

  • The elite team, Los Niños, (Noah Ohlsen, Chandler Smith, Lena Richter and Sydney Michalyshen), consistently remained at the top of the leaderboard throughout the weekend, entering the final day with a giant lead, a handful of test wins and no finishes below fifth.

The podium: Racking up four test wins, including on the final test, “Iberius,” Karin Frey took home first place for the women, and after a very dramatic weekend, Lazar Djukic ended as the men’s champion, who finished with no placings outside the top 10. Los Niños took home the win for the elite teams division after remaining at the top throughout the entire weekend. 


  1. Lazar Djukic | Karin Frey | Los Niños
  2. Jonne Koski | Anikha Greer | Training Culture
  3. Travis Mayer | Emelie Lundberg | Training Culture Bananas

The bottom line: Numerous individuals and teams took home paychecks, as the 170,000 Euro prize purse was widely distributed amongst divisions and age groups. Once again, fans were met with celebration and festivities, attending the Madrid Championship. Many spectators were able to participate in the MAD Challenge, the MAD KIDS program, and the after party, open to all, held once the competition concluded on Sunday night. See the full leaderboard, including all team and age group divisions now.

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