Two down, three to go.
Two down, three to go.
Week two of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is in the books. One hundred and twelve thousand competitors turned in validated scores for the lightweight, 10-minute triplet. Over the last four days, CrossFit competitors from around the world did over four million shoulder presses, eight million deadlifts and 12 million box jumps. That breaks down to an average score of 220 reps for men and 217 reps for women.
While the results are still unofficial, the top performances are incredible. Danielle Sidell of NFT CrossFit in Norwalk, Ohio, put in the best female performance by far with a score of 420 reps on 13.2. She completed the workout at U.S. Army Base Fort Lee, and consequently the video must receive Army clearance. We anticipate its release early in the week. Josh Golden of CrossFit Grover Beach, Patrick Gallagher of Pariah CrossFit, and unaffiliated Australian athlete, Ben Garard, are in a three-way tie for first on the worldwide Leaderboard with a score of 387 reps on 13.2.
Samantha Briggs of Manchester, England, is tied with Danielle Sidell of Norwalk, Ohio, for the overall lead in the worldwide standings. A serious knee injury took Briggs away from last year's Games season, but it forced her to sharpen her self-discipline and mental focus. Now, she's back to prove that her fourth-place finish at the 2011 CrossFit Games was no accident (read more here).
The two-time champions, Rich Froning Jr. and Annie Thorisdottir, are in their usual places — at the top. Froning leads the worldwide standings with second and 10th on the last two workouts, and Thorisdottir holds 12th worldwide with second and 54th on 13.1 and 13.2.
A lot can change over the next three workouts. As in previous years, athletes will be ranked by their finish order each week, both worldwide and regionally. The top athletes will be those with the lowest cumulative finish positions.
Don't forget to tune in to Games.CrossFit.com on Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m., PT for the live announcement of Open Workout 13.3. This week, Kristan Clever will face Talayna Fortunato at CrossFit Roots in Boulder, Colo. It's a match you won't want to miss. Clever won the 2010 Games and has been one of the most dominant female athletes in the history of the sport. She's currently 9th in the worldwide Open, while Fortunato is 145th. Clever will be seeking revenge after losing the podium in the final seconds of Fran, and Fortunato is out to prove last year's third-place finish was no fluke.