More Top CrossFit Games Athletes Receive Penalties for Open Workout 20.2

A huge batch of top athletes face penalties for the second workout of the 2020 Open season.

After video review for Open Workout 20.2, several top CrossFit Games athletes have received penalties.

Some names that probably ring a bell are reigning Reebok CrossFit Games champions Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey, and second place finisher at the 2019 Games, Noah Ohlsen. All three of these competitors were on the large list of athletes that have faced penalties for Open Workout 20.2. Both Fraser and Ohlsen are included in the list of nine athletes that have received scoring adjustments for their penalties. 

Earlier this week CrossFit HQ announced that Kristin Holte and Frederik Aegidius were the official winners of 20.2. If you forgot what Open Workout 20.2 was, check it out below:

CrossFit Open Workout 20.2

20 minute AMRAP / Men 50 lbs / Women 35 lbs

  • 4 dumbell thrusters
  • 6 toes-to-bars
  • 24 double unders

CrossFit Open Workout 20.2 Penalties

Fraser and Ohlsen are just two of the nine athletes that had their scores adjusted due to penalties. Here’s the full list courtesy of CrossFit HQ. Below the nine following names also received penalties for a false start on 20.2. 

  • Lefteris Theofanidis – scoring adjustment for false start and heels not breaking the vertical plane on toes-to-bar
  • Noah Ohlsen – adjusted score from 980 to 973 for rounds where he did not complete the required number of double-unders
  • Mathew Fraser – adjusted score for final toes-to-bar after time cap
  • Simon Mäntylä – major penalty for consistent lack of depth and lockout on thrusters
  • Chandler Smith – score adjusted from 922 to 898 because in 24 of 27 rounds, he performed only 23 double-unders
  • Kristi Eramo O’Connell – adjusted score from 954 to 946 for rounds where she did not complete the required number of double-unders
  • Karin Freyova – score adjustment for final thruster performed after the time cap
  • Katelin Van Zy – score adjustment for last 4 double-unders performed after time cap
  • Kristine Best – score adjustment for completing only 23 double-unders one round

False-Start Penalty Issued To:

Jamie Greene,Tia-Clair Toomey, Emma McQuaid, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, Camilla Salomonsson Hellman, Gabriela Migala, Brooke Wells, Andrea Solberg, Meg Reardon, Dani Speegle, Emily Rolfe, Bethany Shadburne, Emilia Leppanen, Andrea Nisler, and Kristine Best.

Lefteris Theofanidis, Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, Giorgos Karavis, Patrick Vellner, Josh Miller, Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire, Logan Collins, Cole Sager, Scott Tetlow, Martin Fuentes, Samuel Cournoyer, Brendan Willis, Sean Sweeney, Willy Georges, David Shorunke, Jeffery Moss, Karar Margrander, and Adam Klink.

What Do These Penalties Mean?

If we look at how these scoring adjustments affected the leaderboard for some of the top athletes, you will see that Fraser still sits in a great position on the overall men’s leaderboard.

Fraser is in 4th place, and just behind him is Ohlsen in fifth place overall. Even with the penalty, Lefteris Theofanidis still holds onto his first place position. It has been interesting to see throughout the Open how athletes have been responding to the penalties issued.

Later today, the fourth workout of the 2020 Open season will be announced.

Similar to Open Workout 20.1, it’s going to be interesting to see how and if athletes respond to the penalties issued for 20.2.

Feature image from @nolsen Instagram page. 

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

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