Updated: Samantha Briggs and Mat Fraser Dominate CrossFit® Open Workout 17.4

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that Travis Mayer won 17.4, but previously posted results were changed due to Travis Mayer receiving a 5-rep penalty on his performance.

The 2013 Reebok CrossFit® Games Champion Samantha Briggs and the 2016 Reebok CrossFit® Games Champion Mat Fraser dominated 17.4, completing the grueling 13-minute AMRAP with 330 reps and 327 reps respectively.

Below, you can see the official announcement of the workout from CrossFit® HQ.

Yep, it’s a repeat of 16.4: as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 13 minutes of 55 deadlifts, 55 wall balls, 55 calories of rowing, and 55 handstand push-ups. The men’s Rx weight for deadlifts was 225 pounds and it was 155 pounds for the women. The Rx for the wall ball was a 20-pound ball and a 10-foot high target for men and a 14-pound ball and a 9-foot target for the women.

You can see CrossFit’s full video of rulings and guidelines below, which lasts about five minutes.

With Briggs completing three more reps than Fraser, this is the third Open workout in a row that the winning female’s result was higher than the men’s. (Though, of course, there’s a pretty significant difference in the weights used.) Briggs set a world record for rowing 1,000 meters in 3 minutes and 23.9 seconds last year, so her victory may not be surprising, but it’s certainly well-deserved.

You can watch all 330 reps of her 17.4 workout in the video below.

Mat Fraser’s performance can be watched over on Vimeo at this link.

Hot on their heels, Briggs is followed by Sara Sigmundsdottir in second place with 328 reps, Camille LeBlanc-Bezinet with 325 reps, and Kari Pearce and Emma McQuaid both finished with 320 reps (though Pearce finished ten seconds ahead of McQuaid).

Fraser, meanwhile, finished just ahead of Jason Carroll with 325 reps, Travis Mayer with 324 reps, Josh Bridges with 322 reps, and Alex Vigneault with 320 reps.

As for the Mexico City match-up between Brooke Wells and Fittest Woman in Mexico Brenda Castro, Wells came out ahead with 297 reps (22nd worldwide) and Castro completed 269 reps, putting her in 132nd place worldwide. Their epic struggle, accompanied by an ever-watchful Dave Castro, is here.

Worldwide and overall, after four Open workouts, the first five places among male competitors are Mat Fraser in first, followed by Rich Froning, Alex Vigneault, Noah Olsen, and Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson.

For female athletes it’s Kari Pearce in first, then Sara Sigmundsdottir, Camille LeBlanc-Bezinet, Annie Thorisdottir, and Jamie Greene.

Here’s to 17.5.

Featured image via CrossFit Fatal7ty on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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