CrossFit Games Athlete Lefteris Theofanidis Does Open Workout 20.1 in 8:05…How!?

Did Lefteris Theofanidis really just do 20.1 in 8:05?

Did we just see this correctly? Did CrossFit Games athlete Lefteris Theofanidis just do 2020 CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 in 8:05?

Well, according to the video footage, he sure did. Open Workout 20.1 was announced last week and called on athletes near and far to do a lot of burpees, and a lot of ground-to-overheads. Check out the full workout below:

CrossFit Open Workout 20.1

10 Rounds

  • 8 Ground-to-Overhead (95 lbs for men, 65 lbs for women)
  • 10 Bar Facing Burpees 

Time Cap: 15-minutes

Ground-to-Overhead entails using a snatch, muscle snatch, clean to press, or whatever means possible to get the bar from the ground to the overhead position. 

Theofanidis was Greece’s National Champion in the 2019 CrossFit Open, and finished in 60th place overall at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. His CrossFit Games credentials speak for themselves, but his Open time is just utter insanity!

Why 8:05 is Insane

This workout has been a doozy for the fittest of fittest in the CrossFit world. It requires an insane aerobic capacity and is a true test of an athlete’s work economy. Several top athletes have posted openly about doing the workout twice, even three times (hi, Cole Sager!)

And to provide some context as to how competitive 20.1 was, four-time Reebok CrossFit Champion, Mat Fraser is currently sitting in ninth place with a 8:28 time. Theofanidis’ time is the best so far on the 2020 Open leaderboard. After watching Theofanidis’ video and reading through comments that have surfaced, his 20.1 video is one we’d like to review and hear from you in regard to if his workout meets all of the 20.1 movement standards.

If you need a refresher for the 20.1 movement standards, we provided them within our 20.1 tips article.

Now, what do you think: Did he touch the plates to the ground between all of the snatch reps? Do you think all of his burpees were completed with a two-foot takeoff?

Let us know if the comments below, and be on the look out for the 20.2 Open Workout announcement tonight!

Featured image from @theodesmo Instagram page.