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Alec Smith Out of Australian CrossFit Championship

Morning Chalk Up

March 6


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The Australian CrossFit Championship is underway and as the official media partner, we are dropping as much content as we can — Brittney Kleyn is on the ground and updates us about athlete withdrawals before and after day one. And, Patrick Clark outlines a few of the events the Brazil CrossFit Championship has lined up for the weekend. Today:

  • Who’s in and who’s out at the Australian CrossFit Championship.
  • Alec Smith talks with us about his decision to compete on the Gold Coast.
  • The Brazil CrossFit Championship lines up some new and repeat tests.

Be sure to check out all of our updates and coverage of the Australian CrossFit Championship on our Youtube channel and Instagram account.

We are rolling toward the weekend, make sure you hit record on those PRs and big lifts and then send them to us at [email protected].



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Athletes Make an Early Exit From the Australian CrossFit Championship

 Athletes Make an Early Exit From the Australian CrossFit Championship 

We’re less than halfway through competition at the Australian CrossFit Championship (ACC) but already the list of withdrawals has been enough for us to sit up and take notice.  

There’s also a number of noteworthy absences at the Brazil CrossFit Championship, which we’ve detailed in our “How To Watch” guide for the competition.

  • In Australia, wildcard Alec Smith was sitting in fourteenth place after Day 1, but this morning announced his withdrawal due to back trouble.

We sat down with Alec Smith in the lead up to this weekend’s competition on the Gold Coast. He admitted the choice to compete as an individual was a last-minute decision, on the back of his holiday to Sydney.

  • Team CrossFit Urban looked to be in contention to score the Games Invite in the team competition, however, they had to withdraw due to Katelyn Van Zyl – who’s already earned herself an invite as an individual – twisting her ankle in the rope climb relay.

“When it rains it pours,” she wrote, already nursing an old hockey injury which had her in doubt even before competition began.

  • Clint Kohl from New Zealand’s 64 Army CrossFit pulled out from the men’s side of the competition after injuring his shoulder during the event 1 “Flags” at Kurrawa Beach.

A few fan favorites were out even before the competition kicked off at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

  • Jess Coughlan took to Instagram to announce her withdrawal before the beginning of competition: “I have had a rough few weeks with pneumonia and am definitely not in the shape to give the fight required at these competitions,” she wrote.
  • Young up and comer Tess Herring, who trains with Coughlan, also failed to show up to compete: “Due to sickness and injury I have made the decision to not compete and focus on getting healthier for the next sanctionals,” Tess Hering wrote.

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Alec Smith Casually Competing On Holidays In Australia

 Alec Smith Casually Competing On Holidays In Australia 

New and Redo Events at the Brazil CrossFit Championship

 New and Redo Events at the Brazil CrossFit Championship 

The Brazil CrossFit Championship kicks off its second year as a Sanctional on Friday, March 6 with two individual and one team 2020 CrossFit Games invitation on the line. What awaits the competitors in São Paulo in year two are events that are unique and will push their level of fitness.

Event Trailblazers: Last year the Brazil CrossFit Championship (BCC) made headlines with its final event, a single-elimination couplet that gathered the top-eight competitors in the individual divisions. What transpired was one of the more exciting events of the season.

  • The workout: 20 calorie Assault Bike, 12m double overhead kettlebell walking lunge (24kg/16kg).
  • The last athlete to cross the finish line was eliminated from the event.
  • This repeated every three minutes until only one athlete remained on the floor.
  • The elimination workout was the first of its kind at an official CrossFit event. This year Wodapalooza recreated a version of the event replacing the kettlebells with a barbell and opting for rounds instead of the last-athlete standing model.

What’s in store for year two: The BCC hasn’t disappointed this year in terms of new and innovative workouts. Programmed once again by Jobst Olschewski of Cape CrossFit, this year’s workouts will not only challenge the athletes but also provide the spectators a great show. Here’s a look at three events:

A new implement: Teams get a taste of the BCC programming right off the bat in the form of an implement that has never appeared at any official CrossFit event, the rugby scrum machine.

  • The scrum machine, also called the scrummaging machine, is a padded, weighted device that rugby players can practice scrummaging, simulating a scrum in competition. Scrummaging, is the method that rugby uses to restart play during a match. Opposing players face each other with their heads down pushing against each other as they attempt to gain possession of the ball.
  • The event standards are simple enough, teams will push the Scrum 100m down a field and back.
  • There will be two rounds of the workout. The first round will be for seeding and the second round will put teams that have similar times after the seeding round into competition against each other.

How to Watch: Brazil CrossFit Championship

 How to Watch: Brazil CrossFit Championship 

The tenth Sanctional gets underway today in beautiful São Paulo, Brazil as the Brazil CrossFit Championship returns for the second year. What awaits competing athletes inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium and outside at the nearby track and field from March 6-8 will test their fitness levels to see who is worthy to receive the coveted invitations to the 2020 CrossFit Games.

Follow our coverage throughout the weekend as we recap and provide analysis on the Brazil CrossFit Championship Sanctional page and on Instagram.

Complete leaderboards are powered by Competition Corner.


The Brazil CrossFit Championship will be streaming its Sanctional live and for free through TVN Sports.


The full schedule for all events in your timezone and all divisions, as well as athlete rosters, are available on our Brazil CrossFit Championship Sanctional page.

Athlete withdrawals and additions: The Brazil CrossFit Championship announced some withdrawals and additions from its competition.

  • Spencer Panchik will not return to Brazil due to an injury he sustained at Wodapalooza two weeks ago. He has competed in three Sanctionals this season as he seeks out his first career Games invitation.
  • Fellow American Cam Crockett will not compete in Brazil. He placed 99th in the CrossFit Open this season and has competed at the Mayhem Classic.
  • Sergio Briceno has also withdrawn from the competition. The native of Belize has elected to compete at the Australian CrossFit Championship.
  • Rasmus Andersen makes his Sanctional return to the Southern Hemisphere, this time competing as an individual. He competed with CrossFit Invictus at the SouthFit CrossFit Challenge in Argentina in December where the team placed second. The Games veteran has four appearances on CrossFit’s biggest stage, twice as an individual and on a team. Last season he helped Invictus to a third-place finish in Madison. This will be his first Sanctional competing as an individual since finishing tenth at the Rogue Invitational last year.
  • Leonardo Verás was extended an invitation to compete. He placed ninth in the Open in Brazil. He competes in his first career Sanctional.
  • The tenth fittest man in Brazil, Mateus Ferro will make his 2020 Sanctional debut in his home country after receiving an invitation. Last year he finished 22nd at the Brazil CrossFit Championship.
  • With the addition of Verás and Ferro, Brazil now has nine of its top ten athletes from the Open in the field.



Mia and Phil Hesketh Going Solo in Australia

It’s been a big year in the Hesketh household. After the 2019 CrossFit Games, where the pair competed with team CrossFit Alioth, there’s been a wedding, a move to Sweden and a booming business with Prepared Programming. The pair have also qualified as individuals in Australia and haven’t ruled out going solo in the 2020 season.

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