Many great athletes, including some of the truly elite in the sport of CrossFit, ventured to London, England to compete in the 2020 Strength in Depth UK Sanctional. All of them are looking to punch his or her ticket to Madison, Wisconsin as a competitor in the 2020 CrossFit Games. The events started on Friday and the athletes brought their “A” games. Here is a recap of what took place on the first day of competition.
Thanks to placing in the Top 3 of both events on Friday, Lukas Hogberg finished the day in the overall lead. He placed 2nd in the 6000 meter run for time known as “Blade Runner” and 3rd in “The Standard” which calls for 30 reps of clean and jerks, ring muscle-ups, and snatches for time.
The reigning Fittest Man on Earth, Mat Fraser, finished the run in 6th place, but known for his barbell expertise, won “The Standard,” so he concluded Friday in 2nd place overall. In the bronze position was Giorgos Karavis of Greece.
Haley Adams appear to be wanting to make a big statement in 2020 and she started off on the right foot by leading after Day 1. This is thanks to her finishing in 2nd place on the run and winning “The Standard” with a sub 10 minute time.
Not far behind her is Gabriela Migala of Poland who was 5th and 2nd in the Day 1 events, respectively. She finished only 16 seconds behind Adams in the second event.
Mirka Henrikson needs this invite for the Games and is in contention for now as she sits in 3rd place overall going into Day 2. She placed 4th in the first event and was 6th in the second.
CrossFit Mayhem surprisingly finished their first workout in 9th place but rebounded quickly to win Workout 2. Thanks to winning the first workout and placing 3rd in the second, it was actually Team Whey’d who finished Day 1 in the lead and appearing to be the team to beat in London. Team TrainLikeFight.com also is in contention here thanks to two top 3 finishes.
Day 2 Action
Saturday will have three events for both individuals and teams. Among them is a rowing event, one contest with a lot of double-unders, and an event with a lot of different movements involved including wall balls, assault bike work, toes to bar, and walking single arm overhead lunges. While the rowing event known as “Regatta SiD” will get the most attention, each event matters and will determine who leaves London victorious.
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