The 2023 CrossFit Open officially kicked off on Feb. 16, but not without controversy. Hours after athletes Camila Granizo, Laura Horvath, and Gabriela Migała completed the 23.1 workout during the live announcement in Madrid, Spain, CrossFit released a statement saying it had to invalidate the athletes’ scores due to the barbells being misloaded.
Read the full statement below:
“CrossFit athletes Camila Granizo, Laura Horvath, and Gabriela Migała put on an incredible performance kicking off the 2023 CrossFit Open. CrossFit mistakenly misloaded the women’s barbells during the 23.1 Announcement, which resulted in the weights being lighter than prescribed. The barbells in today’s test weighed 38 kg instead of the prescribed 43 kg.
Despite their efforts, Granizo, Horvath, and Migała will not be able to have their scores from this attempt validated. It was solely CrossFit’s responsibility to load the barbells to the correct weight, and we apologize for the error.”
Breaking Down CrossFit’s 23.1 Workout
Workout 23.1 — which was a repeat of Workout 14.4 from 2014 — requires athletes to complete as many reps as possible in 14 minutes of:
- 60-Calorie Row
- 50 Toes-to-Bar
- 40 Wall-Ball Shots | Women: 14-pound ball, 9-foot target // Men: 20-pound ball, 10-foot target
- 30 Cleans | Women: 95-pounds // Men: 135-pounds
- 20 Ring Muscle-ups
Upon completing the workout, Horvath became the first woman to reach the toes-to-bar a second time, eclipsing Sam Briggs’ top score in the same workout from 2014.
In a post-workout interview, Horvath explained that beating Briggs’ rep total was her goal going into the event. However, that record-setting performance has since been invalided. All three women will have to repeat the workout for a valid submission.
On the men’s side, Lazar Đukić and Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson’s scores from the live announcement workout remain confirmed. Đukić walked away from the event as the new record holder. His score of 286 reps eclipsed Rich Froning’s mark of 277 from 2014. Guðmundsson landed 276 reps.
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