March 19, 2012
Four Down
By CrossFit

Kristan Clever and Neal Maddox turned out the world's best performances on 12.4.

Four down, one to go.

Over the last few days, CrossFitters from around the world tried to make their way through two benchmark workouts—Karen and 30 muscle-ups for time—in just 12 minutes (with 90 double-unders thrown in between). 

We got a lot of work done. Together, all of the Open competitors completed nearly ten million reps (9,680,297 reps to be exact). That breaks down to 7,059,081 wall balls, 2,522,904 double-unders, and 98,312 muscle-ups. 

Yet again, the fittest athletes in the world pushed the edge of what we guessed was possible.

The Fittest Man on Earth, Rich Froning Jr., got through Karen, the double-unders, and 30 muscle-ups before turning out 39 wall balls in his second round. Even with that remarkable performance, Froning didn’t manage 1st on 12.4.

The top men's spot on 12.4 went to 2011 CrossFit Games competitor Neal Maddox. Known for regularly beating Jason Khalipa and Pat Barber on WODs, Maddox turned on the same intensity early last week at NorCal CrossFit (see the video here). Maddox got an incredible 53 wall balls into his second round. 

The Fittest Woman on Earth, Annie Thorisdottir, once again fell behind on a workout with muscle-ups. This week, Thorisdottir dropped to 47th place in the worldwide standings on 12.4 after making it through the wall balls, double-unders, and 16 muscle-ups. 

The top women’s scores on 12.4 went to none other than 2010 champ Kristan Clever with 270 reps. Past Games competitors Michele Letendre and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet were close behind in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Letendre made it to her 26th muscle-up, beating Leblanc-Bazinet by two reps.

Important Reminders

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What will the final workout bring? Find out, right here, this Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT!