2019 CrossFit Open Leaders and the BIG Difference Between National Champion Scores

The 2019 CrossFit Open has finally ended. Check out which athletes top the worldwide leaderboard!

The dust is finally beginning to settle after an action packed 2019 CrossFit Open. The 2019 CrossFit Open served as the main qualifying event for the CrossFit Games. For this year’s Games, the top 20 athletes worldwide receive invites to the Games, along with athletes who are dubbed national champions for their country.

Currently, CrossFit HQ is in the verification process of scores and videos for the top Open athletes. Additionally, they are also verifying citizenship of athletes who sit at the top of their country’s leaderboard by requesting passports or proof of citizenship documentation. This process is going to take a few weeks, so the leaders below and finalization of the leaderboard is still unofficial.

Important CrossFit Open Leaderboard Changes to Note

Before moving forward, it’s important to keep a few leaderboard notes in mind. First, national championship wins take precedence over worldwide leaderboard finishes. This means that if an athlete won their country and placed in the top 20, then they would qualify for the Games with their national championship and the worldwide leaderboard would shift down accordingly.

Second, there are currently 123 national champions for the men and 117 national champions for the women. Note, this is not to say every athlete will be in attendance at the Games, as citizen verification, score finalization, and travel commitments have all not been finalized.

As of right now, eight men on the top 20 worldwide leaderboard are also national champions, which means the worldwide leaderboard has shifted to the 28th place worldwide Open finisher. For the women, 11 national champions finished in the top 20, so their leaderboard has shifted to the 31st spot. Yes, that is what the blue line indicates on the leaderboard — if you’ve been wondering!

Third, shifts can still very well occur as CrossFit HQ finalizes their video verifications and apply penalty points to athlete’s scores. 

Tentative Open Worldwide Leaders

As a reminder, the leaderboards below are not final and we could very well still see shifts of placement. In respects to the overall top placing athletes for the Open, Mat Fraser and Sara Sigmundsdottir absolutely dominated the worldwide leaderboard. Note, both athletes also won their country, which means their spot will be backfilled on the worldwide leaderboard.

Check out the current worldwide Open qualifying athletes for the men and women below. *We have bolded worldwide leaders who have also qualified as national champions.*

Women’s Worldwide Leaderboard

1Sara Sigmundsdottir — Iceland43
2Annie Thorisdottir — Iceland75
3Kristin Holte — Norway96
4Jamie Greene — New Zealand98
5Dani Speegle — United States100
6Brooke Wells — United States119
6Tia-Clair Toomey — Australia 119
6Amanda Barnhart — United States119
9Kari Pearce — United States120
10Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault — Canada167
11Mekenzie Riley — United States198
12Karin Froyova — Slovakia200
13Kristine Best — United States202
14Katrin Davidsdottir — Iceland229
15Carolyne Prevost — Canada257
16Emma McQuaid — Ireland264
17Danielle Brandon — United States271
18Mckenzie Flinchum — United States306
19Jadzie Truszkowski — Canada326
20Brooke Haas — United States352
21Anna Fragkou — Greece 377
22Alexis Johnson — United States400
23Samantha Briggs — UK411
24Alessandra Pichelli — Italy 461
25Jacqueline Dahlstrom — Norway470
26Chantelle Loehner — United States502
27Hayley Murillo — United States510
28Feeroozeh Saghai — United States519
29Tasia Percevecz — United States548
30Melissa Doll — United States551
31Kristi Eramo — United States580

Men’s Worldwide Leaderboard

1Mat Fraser — United States66
2Lefteris Theofanidis — Greece 75
3Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson — Iceland 95
4Jacob Heppner — United States169
5Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire — Canada 188
6Cole Sager — United States226
7Uldis Upenieks — Latvia 252
8George Sterner — United States292
9Samuel Cournoyer — Canada304
10Rich Froning — United States335
11Scott Panchik — United States337
12Jason Carroll — United States356
13Zachery Buntin — United States364
14Streat Hoerner — United States367
15Devin Ford — United States369
16Travis Mayer — United States370
17Richard Castillo — United States378
18Frederik Aegidius — Denmark 380
18Bayden Brown — Australia380
20Simon Mantyla — Sweden417
20Samuel Kwant — United States417
22Lukas Hogberg — Sweden421
22Logcan Collins — United States421
24Eric Carmody — United States438
25Casper Gammelmark — Denmark457
26Alex Vigneault — Canada463
27Jeffrey Adler — Canada466
28Dean Linder-Leighton — Australia472

What’s also going to be interesting as the season progresses is watching how Sanctional events cause numbers to shift. CrossFit Open national champions and worldwide leaders both take precedent over Sanctional invites.

In layman’s terms, if an athlete won or wins a Sanctional event, but also placed in the top 20 or is a national champion, then their Sanctional invite would be backfilled accordingly. As you can imagine, handfuls of athletes who place highly at Sanctional events have also placed highly in the Open, so the spots are being backfilled pretty deep into Sanctional event’s leaderboards.

There are still 10 Sanctional events set to take place over the next three months. Check out the full CrossFit Sanctional Schedule

Differences In National Champion Scores

As you can imagine, there is a lot of variance between the scores of national champions. There are 123 men who have qualified as national champions and 117 women. This means there is a large spread between the top five placing athletes for the men and women and the bottom five.

This might seem alarming to many, but this is somewhat normal when a large worldwide sport changes their rules and qualification criteria for countries participating. We see this often at the World Games and Olympics with athletes who have large spreads between their scores (1st and last are typically very different). It’s normal when you have countries with larger talent pools going against developing countries with minimal athlete participation.

To account for this large variation, CrossFit HQ has alluded to the athlete field being narrowed down drastically upon conclusion of the first day at the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Instead of highlighting every score, we’ve included the top five placing national scores and the bottom five to highlight the vast differences between the scores. Hopefully as years go on we continue to see more countries become competitive and grow their athlete talent pool!

Top 5 National Champion Scores (Men & Women)

1Mat Fraser — United States661Sara Sigmundsdottir — Iceland43
2Lefteris Theofanidis — Greece753Kristin Holte — Norway96
3Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson — Iceland954Jamie Greene – New Zealand98
5Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire — Canada1885Dani Speegle — United States100
7Uldis Upenieks — Latvia2526Tia-Clair Toomey — Australia119

Bottom 5 National Champion Scores (Men & Women)

35356Eden Ahiaku – Ghana22081036641Chanelle Munroe — Bahamas213134
42590Andre Alipate — Tonga25604941925Nadia Ouyahia — Algeria238468
65923Pack Santos — Mozambique36079646844Sreymao Po — Cambodia261716
69432James Desimone — Djibouti37574165114Bayana Duysekova — Uzbekistan339783
89056Waleed Al Maskari — Tanzania 


66995Zaida Amade — Mozambique347445

As a Friendly Reminder

The above scoreboards are still unofficial and could be subject to change.  The final deadline for video submission for top athletes is on April 1st, and we’re guessing the scores will be finalized at some point within April. It’s going to be interesting to watch the season progress and to see how many athletes choose to participate at the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Feature image from @mathewfras and @sarasigmunds Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,300 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake’s bread-and-butter.

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