March 26, 2012
Five Down
By CrossFit
The Open has come to a close.
The Open has come to a close.

The Open has come to a close and the past champs have won again.

Five down, zero to go.

With all five workouts in the books, the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open has officially come to a close.

Nearly 61,000 competitors have faced down an unpredictable challenge each week for the last five weeks. Some fought for the top 60, while others worked hard simply to remain in the game. More than half of the competitors who started the Open submitted their final score.

Number of Scores Submitted
12.1 – 60,947
12.2 – 54,506
12.3 – 49,115
12.4 – 43,755
12.5 – 32,877 (As of 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25)

The field may have doubled, but the Games champions are unfazed. After five weeks, the 2011 Fittest Man on Earth, Rich Froning Jr., and the 2010 Fittest Woman on Earth, Kristan Clever, have taken 1st in the overall worldwide standings. The past champs are in it to win it in 2012.

12.5 was déjà vu all over again. Like its cousin “Fran,” this Fran Ladder is a benchmark—a chance for us to reflect and see how far we’ve come over the last year.

The record performances in 2011 put forward by Josh Bridges (169 reps) and Fortune Santos (168 reps) were the numbers to beat. After the last four days, one of the records has been re-written while the other stands intact.

Two-time CrossFit Games competitor Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet managed to beat Fortune Santos’ score not by one rep, but five. With 173 reps, Leblanc-Bazinet set a phenomenal new record.

Rookie competitor Danny Henry won 12.5 with 163 reps--beating Rich Froning Jr. by two reps--but fell five reps short of matching Josh Bridges' 2011 performance.

Important reminders

In less than seven weeks, the Regional Competitions begin. Check back in over the next few days to learn about who’s invited to Regionals, how to get a ticket, and other information.