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SEMIFINALS WEEK THREE - WHO QUALIFIED?
The third week of semifinals for the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games is in the books, as the Granite Games and Far East Throwdown are all over. Here’s who qualified, and who is also now in for the Last Chance Qualifier:
Travis Mayer | Dani Speegle | CrossFit Move Heavy Lift Fast
Samuel Kwant | Alex Gazan | CrossFit Greater Heights Ascend
Colten Mertens | Emily Rolfe | Rhapsody CrossFit
Far East Throwdown
Roman Khrennikov | Seungyeon Choi | KT Kolesnikov Team
Nasser Alruwayeh | Seher Kaya | CrossFit YAS Black
Last Chance Qualifier
Artur Semenov | Dawon Jung
Andrey Fedotov | Dema Zebdieh
Ant Haynes | Yuko Sakuyama
Nick Mathew | Kloie Wilson
Matt Dlugos | Fee Saghafi
Timothy Paulson | Kelly Stone
Below are a few key articles from our Sunday coverage. For a full list of stories from the entire weekend, go to MorningChalkUp.com, or check out some of our interviews with the winners on our YouTube page.
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CrossFit Invictus and Mal O’Brien Shine, Brent Fikowski Climbs While Colten Mertens and Emily Rolfe Survive at Epic Granite Games
It was a story of two groups of three in the Granite Games women’s field. At the top of the leaderboard Games veterans Mal O’Brien, Amanda Barnhart, and Dani Speegle were the class of the field all weekend. They combined for five event wins and only had one finish outside the top eight all weekend.
O’Brien’s 576 out of 600 possible points is the type of dominance we are looking for when it comes to an athlete who can challenge for a podium finish at the Games.
Barnhart was very quiet this weekend, but much like fellow Comptrain athlete Cole Sager last week at the MACC, was never in jeopardy of missing out on making her fifth consecutive Games.
For Speegle, this one has to feel good. A lot of people were questioning her ability to contend in a tough women’s field with two long and brutal workouts over the course of the weekend. Well, she put those doubts to rest with extremely impressive finishes of fifth and twelfth on those to her fourth straight ticket to Madison.
Roman Khrennikov Was Scary Good at the Far East Throwdown, But Where Would He Have Stacked Up at Other 2022 Semifinals?
If there is one person you ask who is excited to go to the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games, it’s Russian Roman Khrennikov, but you will probably have to ask him through a translator.
The 27-year-old finished first at the Far East Throwdown this past weekend in South Korea, punching his ticket to the Games, and this time, he has the visa to boot.
On the first day of competition at the Far East Throwdown, Khrennikov kicked off the competition with a first place win in Crossing the Gwang-An Bridge, which is 3 Rounds for time: 18 calorie row, nine Muscle-ups and 12 Hang Snatch 135lbs. In event two, the Barbell complex, he finished tied for first with Kuwait’s Nasser Alruwayeh to finish out the day.
Rookie Alex Gazan and Emily Rolfe Squeak into the Top 5 at Granite Games
While Mal O’Brien, Amanda Barnhart and Dani Speegle sat solidly as the top three athletes pretty much all weekend at the Granite Games in Eagan, MN, such was not the case for 20-year-old Alex Gazan, and two-time Games veteran Emily Rolfe.
Both women needed big performances on the final event of the day—10 legless rope climbs—and ultimately both did just what they needed to do to get into the top five and earn their tickets to the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.
The details: Rolfe and Gazan both hovered in and around the top five most of the weekend and entered the final event in fifth and sixth respectively.
Gazan came out hot and stayed hot through her 10 legless rope climbs, finishing in 3:55.94, good enough for an event win and fourth overall.
“I knew if I executed I could do well, but you can’t control your competitors, so it was just stay in my own lane and see what happens,” said Gazan, who has been training in Las Vegas, NV with Underdogs Athletics coach Justin Cotler this season.
“It’s kind of surreal…It takes a minute to sink in but I’m so excited,” she added in a post-event interview.
As for Rolfe, she told the Morning Chalk after Event 5 that she had practiced the legless rope climb event a lot in recent weeks and her mindset was simply to “just put everything into it.”
She did just that, and ultimately did what Rolfe had been doing all weekend—top five finishes—finishing fourth and doing just enough to bump Kloie Wilson out.
The big picture: The race for fourth and fifth was arguably the most exciting storyline of the women’s competition on Sunday, but the bigger story is most certainly how easily 18-year-old O’Brien dominated the competition from start to finish, a weekend that included four event wins, making it difficult not to pose the question: Can O’Brien, possibly, maybe, if the stars are aligned, take down Tia-Clair Toomey in Madison?
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