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

1 Sara Sigmundsdottir — Iceland 43
2 Annie Thorisdottir — Iceland 75
3 Kristin Holte — Norway 96
4 Jamie Greene — New Zealand 98
5 Dani Speegle — United States 100
6 Brooke Wells — United States 119
6 Tia-Clair Toomey — Australia  119
6 Amanda Barnhart — United States 119
9 Kari Pearce — United States 120
10 Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault — Canada 167
11 Mekenzie Riley — United States 198
12 Karin Froyova — Slovakia 200
13 Kristine Best — United States 202
14 Katrin Davidsdottir — Iceland 229
15 Carolyne Prevost — Canada 257
16 Emma McQuaid — Ireland 264
17 Danielle Brandon — United States 271
18 Mckenzie Flinchum — United States 306
19 Jadzie Truszkowski — Canada 326
20 Brooke Haas — United States 352
21 Anna Fragkou — Greece  377
22 Alexis Johnson — United States 400
23 Samantha Briggs — UK 411
24 Alessandra Pichelli — Italy  461
25 Jacqueline Dahlstrom — Norway 470
26 Chantelle Loehner — United States 502
27 Hayley Murillo — United States 510
28 Feeroozeh Saghai — United States 519
29 Tasia Percevecz — United States 548
30 Melissa Doll — United States 551
31 Kristi Eramo — United States 580

Men’s Worldwide Leaderboard

1 Mat Fraser — United States 66
2 Lefteris Theofanidis — Greece  75
3 Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson — Iceland  95
4 Jacob Heppner — United States 169
5 Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire — Canada  188
6 Cole Sager — United States 226
7 Uldis Upenieks — Latvia  252
8 George Sterner — United States 292
9 Samuel Cournoyer — Canada 304
10 Rich Froning — United States 335
11 Scott Panchik — United States 337
12 Jason Carroll — United States 356
13 Zachery Buntin — United States 364
14 Streat Hoerner — United States 367
15 Devin Ford — United States 369
16 Travis Mayer — United States 370
17 Richard Castillo — United States 378
18 Frederik Aegidius — Denmark  380
18 Bayden Brown — Australia 380
20 Simon Mantyla — Sweden 417
20 Samuel Kwant — United States 417
22 Lukas Hogberg — Sweden 421
22 Logcan Collins — United States 421
24 Eric Carmody — United States 438
25 Casper Gammelmark — Denmark 457
26 Alex Vigneault — Canada 463
27 Jeffrey Adler — Canada 466
28 Dean Linder-Leighton — Australia 472

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)

1 Mat Fraser — United States 66 1 Sara Sigmundsdottir — Iceland 43
2 Lefteris Theofanidis — Greece 75 3 Kristin Holte — Norway 96
3 Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson — Iceland 95 4 Jamie Greene – New Zealand 98
5 Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire — Canada 188 5 Dani Speegle — United States 100
7 Uldis Upenieks — Latvia 252 6 Tia-Clair Toomey — Australia 119

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Bottom 5 National Champion Scores (Men & Women)

35356 Eden Ahiaku – Ghana 220810 36641 Chanelle Munroe — Bahamas 213134
42590 Andre Alipate — Tonga 256049 41925 Nadia Ouyahia — Algeria 238468
65923 Pack Santos — Mozambique 360796 46844 Sreymao Po — Cambodia 261716
69432 James Desimone — Djibouti 375741 65114 Bayana Duysekova — Uzbekistan 339783
89056 Waleed Al Maskari — Tanzania  

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66995 Zaida Amade — Mozambique 347445

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.