Brazilian CrossFit Championship Recap, Melina Rodriguez Wins By Just Two Points

These were some of the closest finishes of the 2020 CrossFit Sanctionals competition season so far.

The Brazilian CrossFit Championship took place this past weekend (March 6th-8th) in São Paulo as the eighth CrossFit Sanctionals competition of the 2020 season. The event saw an extremely diverse set of athletes from all over the world compete for an invitation to the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games. A total of six different nations were represented across the top three finishers in each of the elite men’s, women’s, and team divisions.

In what might be the closest finishes we see all season, competitors made the Brazilian CrossFit Championship made each event an absolute nailbiter.

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🇧🇷 RECAP EVENTO FINAL MASCULINO Na última prova do campeonato, era tudo ou nada para os homens! Tínhamos 2 brasileiros na disputa, Gui Domingues e Anderon Primo, que não desistiram e deixaram tudo o que tinham na prova, que era um misto de bike e overhead walking lunge, com rounds eliminatórios. A vitória acabou ficando com o inglês Joshua Al-Chamaa, com um desempenho impressionante na Forify Air Bike e consistência nos lunges. Parabéns, Joshua, foi impressionante! . 🇺🇸 RECAP MALE FINAL EVENT In the last event of the championship, it was all or nothing for the men! We had 2 Brazilians in the game, Gui Domingues and Anderon Primo, who didn't give up and left everything they had in the event, that was a mix of air bike and overhead walking lunge, with elimination rounds. The victory ended up being Englishman Joshua Al-Chamaa’s, with an impressive performance on the Forify Air Bike and consistency in the lunges. Congratulations, Joshua, it was impressive! . Sponsors: @fortifyequipamentos @fourmixx @anjosdowod @aubicon . Support: @wodengage @concept2inc @yopro.br @gympass . 📷 @joy_image @boxinsideme . #BCC2020 #MoreEpic #CrossFit #CrossFitGames

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[Related: Check out the results from the Australian CrossFit Championship.]

Top 3 Elite Men

The men’s division pretty much devolved into a two horse race between Canada’s Adam Davidson and USA’s Josh Miller, but it was a photo finish won by just twelve points. 

Ultimately, the edge went to Davidson after a lackluster performance by Miller in event number 5, “Triple GTO Ladder”. Guilherme Domingues rounded out the top three to get a home athlete on the podium. Here were the final standings in the men’s division:

  1. Adam Davidson – 568 points.
  2. Josh Miller – 556 points.
  3. Guilherme Domingues – 484 points.

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I am honoured and consider it an absolute privilege to compete a long side @joshuaalchamaa @stormpatt @jmiller858 @rasmuswandersen @quany_quan to even participate in an event like @brazilcrossfitchamp most special thanks to @jmiller858 for leading by example praying for everyone before every event I can’t say enough about the character that man has and what he stand for is incredible. @joshuaalchamaa you are an absolute beautiful human being I love you bro! @stormpatt I consider this the start of an amazing friendship bro 🤘🏼💪🏼🇨🇦 @crossfitlifetree and @cftaranis congrats I can’t wait to celebrate with some shots of espresso with y’all. My wife @kgoodreallife best for last you are going to get a whole post to yourself later 😂❤️

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Top 3 Elite Women

If you can believe it, the women’s division was an even closer contest than the men’s with Argentina National Champion Melina Rodriguez beating out Cecilia Ramirez Villamil of Mexico by the narrow margin of just two points! Rodriguez and Villamil both placed in the top ten of every event except the first, where Rodriguez placed eleventh. Villamil improved upon her fourth place finish at this event from last year and did recieve her invitation to the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games since Rodriguez already secured hers for winning the Open.

The podium did receive Brazilian representation with Andreia Pinheiro rounding out the top three. The final standings of the women’s divisions were as follows:

  1. Melina Rodriguez – 586 points.
  2. Cecilia Ramirez Villamil – 584 points.
  3. Andreia Pinheiro – 466 points.

Shout out to Anita Pravatti, also of Brazil, who finished just off the podium in fourth place with 462 points.

Top 3 Elite Teams

The team competition saw Canada strike gold again with Taranis Lifetree topping the field by a thirty-six point margin. Parallelling the men’s division, USA collected another silver thanks to team Invictus Brazil.

From across the Atlantic, France rounds out the final spot on the podium with Happy Hearts taking home the bronze. Here were the final standings in the team division:

  1. Taranis Lifetree – 632 points.
  2. Invictus Brazil – 596 points.
  3. Happy Hearts – 450 points.

Brazilian CrossFit Championship FAQs

When was the Brazilian CrossFit Championship?

The Brazilian CrossFit Championship was held on March 6-8th in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It was the eighth CrossFit Sanctionals competition of the 2020 season.

Who won the Brazilian CrossFit Championship?

The winners of the men’s, women’s, and team division at the Brazilian CrossFit Championship were as follows:

  1. Men’s – Adam Davidson
  2. Women’s – Melina Rodriguez
  3. Team – Taranis Lifetree

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Phil Blechman

Phil Blechman

Phil is a native New Yorker passionate about storytelling, bodybuilding, and game design. He holds a BFA from Syracuse University.

Before becoming a Staff Writer at BarBend, Phil worked on the creative team at World Wrestling Entertainment, as a narrator for Audible.com with over a dozen titles, and as a producer, director, and playwright Off-Broadway in New York City where he worked for The Araca Group and co-founded IJB Theatrical Productions. He can be heard as a co-host of both the Here’s What’s Up podcast and Eternal Durdles podcast.

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