Canadian CrossFit Games athlete Cedric Lapointe was out of the CrossFit Open Top 20 after facing a major penalty following CrossFit Open Workout 20.1.
He received a major penalty for lack of extension during the ground-to-overheads, and his time went from 8:16 to 10:46. His first score was good for second in the world, however, with the penalty his score was adjusted to drop him way down the leaderboard and out of the Top 20. Lapointe took the matter into his own hands, and issued an appeal to CrossFit HQ.
As of earlier this week, Lapointe’s appeal has been accepted and he is back in the Top 20. He shared the news on his Instagram page and wrote,
I’m back in the top 20, my 20.1 appeal got accepted by CF HQ earlier this week. I’m pleased that justice is finally served and I’m grateful for the continuing support of the community.
As of right now, Lapoint sits in 20th place on the men’s Open leaderboard. His penalty has been reduced to a five-second minor penalty.
Lapoint was just one of several athletes that faced penalties in the first workout of the 2020 Open. After each week of the CrossFit Open, the top 40 men and 40 women on the overall worldwide leaderboard are required to submit videos of themselves doing the workout for a review. After 20.1, 26 total athletes received some sort of major or minor penalty.
Each week the leaderboard seems to be getting a solid shake-up, especially with the video review component. Athletes are continuing to submit their scores for Open Workout 20.4 at this time, and come Thursday we’ll be onto the final workout of the 2020 Open.
As a reminder, the top 20 men and women at the end of the Open will qualify for the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games. Following the Open, the Sanctionals™ season will kick-off. This year the schedule includes 28 events in 21 different countries.
Feature image from @clapointe97 Instagram page.