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Lapointe, Christophel Win Major Penalty Appeals

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Week 5 Leaderboarding and How the Top 10 Games Athletes are Faring


Going into the fifth and final week of the CrossFit Open, the leaderboard has consolidated and the race for the final few qualifying spots is narrowing to a close.

  • Quick recap: Athletes can qualify two ways: 1). as a national champion and 2). By placing in the top 20 worldwide.

Where the top 20 line sits currently: This number shifts each week depending on how many national champions are currently in the top 20. The more national champions ranked in the top 20 worldwide, the line drops further down the leaderboard.

  • Men: 27th
  • Women: 34th

One caveat: Two penalty waves for 20.1 and 20.2 have adjusted the overall standings, but we’re fully expecting more adjustments from 20.3 and 20.4. It’s possible for this to have a major effect on the overall leaderboard.

How are the top 10 Games athletes doing: As expected, most are doing just fine as they’ve consistently performed week over week regardless of the test.

  • Only four of the top 10 Games males are slated to qualify through the Open as it currently stands.
  • Three male athletes currently sit outside of a qualifying spot: Matt Mcleod (-44), Saxon Panchik (-28) and Will Moorad (-30).
  • Scott Panchik is also outside of a qualifying spot (-2) but he’s squarely committed to team Mayhem.

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Lapointe, Christophel Win Major Penalty Appeals in 20.1 and 20.2


A few weeks ago, we reported that in the midst of over two dozen penalties in 20.1, a major penalty was handed out to Cedric Lapointe in 20.1, and to Tyler Christophel n 20.2. Following an appeal by both athletes, the major penalties have been reversed or adjusted, and both athletes’ names are once again at the top of the leaderboard.

Their placements after the reversal:

  • Christophel is 7th.
  • Lapointe is 21st.

One big thing: To our knowledge, this is the first time in Open history that two major penalties of this nature have been reversed or adjusted following an athlete appeal, which marks a significant step for both athletes and organizers amidst the current wave of negative criticism about penalties.

The initial ruling: The major penalties doled out to both athletes – who were inside the top 20 worldwide at the time – dropped them more than 300 spots down the leaderboard and squarely out of contention for a Games qualifying spot

  • For Christophel, he received major penalty after another athlete moved his dumbbells during the workout when he was not using them.
  • For Lapointe, he received a major penalty for “lack of extension during the ground-to-overheads.” Lapointe, posted video of the reps in question on Instagram.

Christophel’s case: He appealed the ruling on the grounds that the standards were misleading based on conflicting language on the website and the PDF scorecard, and that he had in fact adhered to the movement standards as written on the CrossFit Games website.

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How to Watch 20.5 + Expert Predictions


An Open season filled with “firsts” continued in week four as a new movement found it’s way into the programming toolbox of the Open. Single-legged squats, commonly known as pistols around the box, showed up for the first time in Open history. Along with some sore legs, there are plenty of athletes with sore egos, after the combination of 90 box jumps, 90 pistols, and increasingly heavy clean and jerks offered up a slice of humble pie to the masses.

Attention now turns to what will be the final workout, and gatekeeper for athletes looking to qualify for the CrossFit Games through this year’s Open. The two main matchups this week feature established Games veterans, former champions, and national champions looking to make it back to the Games after a tumultuous 2019 season. Boston and France will be the primary hosts for announcements this week, while the Lowlands Throwdown in the Netherlands, and Punk CrossFit in Brazil will host announcements with athlete rosters yet to be fully announced.

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Chalk Up Community

  • ROW FOR REVEILLE — The 2nd annual Row For Reveille registration is now open. Last year, they raised more than $20,000 for The Reveille Project and this year their goal is $30,000. Kitsap CrossFit in Poulsbo, WA will host up to 80 athletes, but there are also remote division sites throughout the country. 
  • MOBILITY AND MIMOSAS — Flying Fortress CrossFit in Galveston, TX will be celebrating it’s third anniversary this Saturday, November 9 with a free special workout presented by WOD for Warriors followed by mobility and mimosas.
  • A FRESH CUP OF FITNESS — In Episode 5 of A Fresh Cup of Fitness, hosts Jessica Danger and Brittany Marsh map out how to identify priorities in your life, negotiating the urgent versus the important, and outlining actionable tasks to actually accomplish or honor what you prioritize. If you take just one thing from this episode: You always have a choice.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Robert Yates snatches 265 pounds for a PR • Alex LaChance front squats 303 pounds for a PR • Jen Floyd snatches 140 poundsChris Woods snatches 155 poundsHappy birthday Linda • Congratulations to Rachel Bigbee on her 87 pound transformation with CrossFit.

…and, ladies, do your husbands lift you out of your van like this

Jessica Griffith Out of the Open — Jessica Griffith posted on her Instagram yesterday that, after loading the bar improperly in 20.4, she is out of contention in the Open.

— “Got this news yesterday morning, and after further video review, yes, I realized I had the boys load 10s after the 85# bar instead of 15s. My only explanation is that I’m just an idiot and overlooked the math.

— “I took the day yesterday to be super frustrated with myself, as this knocks me out of contention to qualify through the open (yes, the plan is to try and qualify as an individual, while having fun doing some team sanctions just for kicks). But this is year four in a row that God’s allowed some crazy “plot twist” to make it all fall His way and not my way. My job is to keep using the gifts He’s given me and not let the twists and turns along the journey discourage me. I’m psyched to see what this year has in store. A dramatic start must mean a FIRE finish. See ya at sanctionals.”


“Meet Miles: The Man Who First Saw The Potential In The Fittest Woman On Earth,” by Brittney Kleyn

Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey gave us a throwback to where it all started this week, as she returned to her old weightlifting club in Queensland, Australia.

Tia and Shane took the chance to catch up with coach Miles Wydall: “Words don’t even begin to explain what he has done for Shane and I, we are truly lucky to have him apart of our lives.”

Where it all began.

“Technique wise she swung off the bar and hopped back in the snatch and forward in the clean. She also jerked forward and her back flexed a bit in the pull.”

It’s hard to believe Miles Wydall is talking about the most successful female CrossFit athlete in history Tia-Clair Toomey, but take comfort in knowing that even the three-peat champion started somewhere.

Meet Miles.

Miles Wydall is Australia’s top Olympic Weightlifting Coach and with over 25 years experience, he boasts an impressive resume. He was Australia’s Head coach at both the Rio (2016) and London (2012) Olympics and every Commonwealth Games since 2010. He runs and coaches at Cougars Weightlifting Coach alongside his wife Angela, in Brisbane Australia.

“I still get the same buzz of excitement when a new lifter walks into the club as I did 25 years ago,” he told the Morning Chalk Up

Miles has produced 34 Australian representatives from scratch, so it’s fair to say he can spot raw talent when he sees it. In 2013, word got out about a 19-year-old woman who could back squat 220 pounds for three and move a 145-pound barbell without any real technique – no surprise Miles was very interested to meet her.


11/8: Veterans Day Bash 2019 (Lubbock, TX)
11/8 – 11/9: WOD for Warriors (Waite Park, MN)
11/8 – 11/10: The Kalis Games (Manila, Phillipines)
11/9: Patriot Challenge 3.0 (Longview, TX)
11/9: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Rochelle Park, NJ)
11/9: The Battle at Branded One (Las Vegas, NV)
11/9: Battle on the Airfield at Skyraider CrossFit (Riverside, CA)
11/9: The Goat Gauntlet (Hartford, CT)
11/9: The Bay Games (Huskisson, NSW AUS)
11/9: Third Annual Battle on the Airfield (Riverside, CA)
11/9: Sweat For Sweeney (Keene, NH) 
11/9 – 11/10: Fallout 2 Presented by Battleground Events (Long Beach, CA)
11/9: Emerald Coast Honor Games (Destin, FL)
11/15 – 11/16: 24 Hours 24 Heroes (Charleston, SC)
11/16: Warrior Affiliate League Delta Force (City of Industry, CA)
11/16: O-Town Throwdown 2019 (Oconomowoc, WI)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Blue Springs, MO)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Clemmons, NC)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Plainville, CT)
11/16: The Pain Cave SD (San Diego, CA)
11/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
11/16: Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
11/16: 3rd Annual Bombs & Barbells (Pooler, GA)
11/16: Mama Said Knock You Out (Canton, CT)
11/16: Olson WOD (Hanford, CA)
11/16: CFP’s 6th annual Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
11/16: 4th Annual Battle of the Badges (St. Louis, MO)
11/16 – 11/17: 24 Hours of Heroes (London, ON)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)
11/17: Crews For Brews (Windsor, Ontario)
11/22: Sixth Annual Gobbler Gauntlet (Scottsdale, AZ)
11/23: Kettlebells for Balls (Newburyport, MA)
11/23: Keep Austin (Austin, TX)
11/23: CrossFit XLTs 6th Annual Turkey Bash (Chatham, IL)
11/23: Fitness for Ellie Fundraiser (Amherst, OH)
11/23: Rise of the South (Statesboro, GA)
11/23 Vekter Games (Laurel, MD)
11/23 – 11/24: South Loop Games (Chicago, IL)
12/7: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

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