The third week of the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Open was the final push to the finish line and a race to accumulate last-minute points to ascend the leaderboard before the close of the competition.
Consistent with the short time caps seen in the first two weeks of the Open, 22.3 was a 12-minute sprint through descending reps of thrusters, double-unders, pull-ups, chest-to-bar pull-ups, and bar muscle-ups. But the smaller sets were hardly a respite, as the thruster weight and the difficulty of the gymnastic movements increased throughout the workout.
On the women’s side, all eyes were on the tug-of-war between Tia-Clair Toomey and Mal O’Brien, a battle that has been ongoing since the start of the Open. However, the men’s leaderboard hasn’t seen such consistency. This week, 2020 Games athlete and two-time Regional competitor Scott Tetlow jumped to the top of the leaderboard.
Women: Mal O’Brien
One second separated Toomey and O’Brien from claiming first place, and after a final review from the CrossFit Games scoring team, Mal O’Brien has been named the official winner of 22.3.
O’Brien established herself early on as a competitor to fear, riding the top of the leaderboard since the start of the Open. Only narrowly missing first place once (in 22.2), O’Brien has claimed two event wins to start out her 2022 season.
Could she steal the crown from the five-time Fittest Woman on Earth this year?
Watch O’Brien’s 22.3 performance below:
Men: Scott Tetlow
Throughout the course of the three weeks of the Open, Tetlow’s scores only got better. He started in 56th, finished 22.2 in 15th, and claimed his first victory this year in 22.3.
Tetlow didn’t break a single set to catch his breath, finishing in an impressive time of 4:07, the fastest time of all divisions.
After locking out his final thruster, Tetlow paused for just a moment before walking off as if the workout were just a warm-up.
Watch Tetlow’s 22.3 performance below:
The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Open is officially over. Next up: Quarterfinals.
The top 10% of individual and age-group athletes and the top 25% of teams will compete in the online Quarterfinals starting next week in hopes of advancing to Semifinals.
Check out the 2022 season overview for more information.