CrossFit® Open Workout 18.1 Men’s and Women’s Top Ten Leaders

Editor’s note: This article was published on the morning of Tuesday, February 27th, and the top ten leaders for the men and women have since shifted. Please see here for information and quotes from CrossFit HQ on the changes.

Last night at 5 P.M. EST, we hit the first workout deadline for this year’s CrossFit® Open. With the conclusion of CrossFit Open Workout 18.1, we’re now looking forward to the next announcement for workout 18.2 that drops this Thursday at 8 P.M. EST. Here are some highlights from last week’s announcement that saw Sam Briggs and Kristin Holte compete against one another in São Paulo, Brazil.

Now that the results for 18.1 are in, there are a lot of familiar names atop the open leaderboard for both the women and men’s athletes. While the scores below will most likely be the final placings moving into 18.2, they may change due to some athletes waiting on video validation.

Men’s Open Top 10 18.1 Leaders

  • 1. Nicolai Duus – 487-reps
  • 2. Hinrik Ingi Oskarsson – 480-reps 
  • 3. Andrey Ganin – 477-reps
  • 4. Marcin Szybaj – 476-reps
  • 4. Mathew Fraser – 476-reps
  • 4. Uldis Upeneiks – 476-reps
  • 4. Patrick Vellner – 476-reps
  • 4. Peter Shaw – 476-reps
  • 9. Arni Bjorn Kristjansson – 474-reps
  • 9. Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson – 474-reps

Women’s Open Top 10 18.1 Leaders

  • 1. Samantha Briggs – 452-reps
  • 2. Annie Thorisdottir – 428-reps
  • 3. Kristin Holte – 420-reps
  • 3. Laura Horvath – 420-reps
  • 5. Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault – 419-reps
  • 6. Kari Pearce – 417-reps
  • 7. Chyna Cho – 416-reps
  • 8. Kat Baker – 415-reps
  • 8. Chloe Gauvin-David – 415-reps
  • 10. Emma Tall – 414-reps

Notes On Workout 18.1

There’s a fair difference between the men’s top ten and the women’s. The women’s athletes are primarily all big name Games veterans, whereas the men’s has a little bit more variety. As stated above, more than likely these will be the top ten athletes moving into week two.

Also, for those who are regulars on the CrossFit Reddit page, there’s been quite bit of talk about the rowing portion of this workout and the difference between rowers and how they calibrate calories. In the workout’s description, Castro stated the use of a “Concept 2 type calibration” to calculate calories, which many athletes found a little vague — which brands use that exact calibration? Some athletes are now questioning the difference between rowers and if they could have had some impact on scores.

Dave Castro hasn’t made any blatant hints yet for workout 18.2, but there’s still time until the announcement, so we’re keeping our guard up. (If you’re interested in watching the live announcement, then check out this article covering the how-to’s.) For those tuning in this week to watch the 18.2 live announcement, we’ll get to witness 3rd place 2017 Games finisher Patrick Vellner take on 4th place finisher Noah Ohlsen in a head-to-head match up.

Feature image screenshot from @crossfitgames 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.

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