2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games

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The NOBULL CrossFit Games, an annual competition in which athletes from all over the world contend for the title “Fittest on Earth”. This event is owned and organized by CrossFit LLC (CrossFit HQ) and marks the final phase of competition for the CrossFit season.

Dates: August 1-6, 2023
Location: Madison, Wisconsin USA
More Information: 
Website – https://games.crossfit.com/ 
Instagram – @crossfitgames

Event Schedule

North Park:
9:00 am – 9:55 am Teams
10:10 am – 10:45 am Individuals
11:00 am – 12:10 pm Teams

Coliseum:
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Individual Women
1:55 pm – 2:45 pm Individual Men
3:05 pm – 3:55 pm Individual Women
4:05 pm – 4:55 pm Individual Men
5:10 pm – 6:10 pm Teams

North Park:
9:00 am – 9:30 am Teams
10:00 am – 10:40 am Individuals
10:50 am – 11:30 am Teams

Coliseum:
12:30 pm – 1:10 pm Individual Men
1:20 pm – 2:00 pm Individual Women
2:20 pm – 2:55 pm Teams
3:25 pm – 4:45 pm Individuals
5:05 pm – 5:35 pm Awards Ceremony

Times in Madison, Wisconsin.

Los Angeles -2 / New York +1 / London +6 / Spain +7 / Sydney +15

Where to watch the CrossFit Games

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Workouts

Complete as many laps as possible in 40 minutes on a Trek Bikes Marlin 8 mountain bike.
Time cap: 40 minutes

“Ride” was the inaugural event for the Individual competition. This monostructural workout tested the athletes’ stamina and endurance for 40 minutes. On the womens’ side, Emma Lawson established the lead early on and was able to maintain it for the majority of the event despite the attempts of Emily Rolfe and Emma Tall to overtake her.

On the mens’ side, Jonne Koski, Fabien Beneito, Jeffrey Adler, Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson, and Justin Medeiros, and Jay Crouch were in contention for the top 3 spots. In the end Koski was able to pull away from the pack and towards a first place finish, leaving the others in his dust.

Individual Women

  1. Emma Lawson
  2. Emily Rolfe
  3. Emma Tall
  4. Katrin Davíðsdóttir
  5. Alexis Raptis
  6. Bethany Flores
  7. Gabriel Migała
  8. Jamie Simmonds
  9. Laura Horvath
  10. Karin Freyová

Individual Men

  1. Jonne Koski
  2. Jeffrey Adler
  3. Jay Crouch
  4. Roman Khrennikov
  5. Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson
  6. Jelle Hoste
  7. Moritz Fiebig
  8. Dallie Pepper
  9. James Sprague
  10. Brent Fikowski

For Time:

10 Pig Flips
25 Chest-To-Bar Pull-Ups
50 Toes-To-Bars
100 Wall-Ball Shots
50 Toes-To-Bars
25 Chest-To-Bar Pull-Ups
10 Pig Flips

Time Cap: 18 Minutes

The much anticipated chipper was packed with high-volume exercises sandwiched between 10 pig flips (231/158 kg). Closing out the workout in Women’s heat two, Emma Cary was first off the chest the bar and on to the pig closely followed by Annie Thorisdottir however it was Laura Horvath that ripped through the last 10 pig flips beating heat 1’s winner Olivia Kerstetter by nearly 2 minutes.

Spencer Panchik set the time to beat on the mens’ side in heat one passing Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson, James Sprague, Uldis Upenieks and Chandler Smith. In heat two, The Progrm athlete Moritz Fiebig took the early lead and was first to the chest to bars after powering through the first 10 pig flips. Roman Khrennikov edged into first during the toes bar which gave him a chance to establish and maintain a wide lead over Lazar Đukić and Brent Fikowski going into the wall balls. Khrennikov took the event win, Panchik’s score in heat one was good enough to hold 4th place in the event with Đukić, Fikowski, and Fiebig rounding out the event’s top 5 spots.

Individual Women

  1. Laura Horvath 
  2. Arielle Loewen 
  3. Alexis Raptis 
  4. Emma Cary
  5. Olivia Kerstetter 
  6. Alex Gazan
  7. Christine Kolenbrander
  8. Annie Thorisdottir
  9. Baylee Rayl 
  10. Emma Tall

Individual Men

  1. Roman Khrennikov
  2. Lazar Đukić
  3. Brent Fikowski 
  4. Spencer Panchik
  5. Moritz Fiebig 
  6. Patrick Vellner 
  7. Samuel Cournoyer 
  8. Will Moorad 
  9. Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson
  10. Jay Crouch

For time:

30-foot unbroken handstand walk over the ramp
8 free-standing handstand push-ups
Unbroken obstacle steps to a 180° pirouette
16 pull-overs
Unbroken obstacle steps to a 360° pirouette
8 free-standing handstand push-ups
30-foot unbroken handstand walk over the ramp

Time cap: 7 minutes

The final event of Day 1 gave athletes a chance to show-off their gymnastics ability and stamina before the first round of cuts would be made. Athletes made easy work of the debut exercise, the pullover, but had a lot of difficulty with staying inverted and going unbroken. 

For the women, heat 3 proved to be a contentious back-and-forth between Elisa Fuliano, Arielle Loewen, and Katrin Davíðsdóttir, whereas in heat 4, Danielle Brandon set the bar for the field right from the beginning. Brandon finished test 3 with the fastest time of all individual athletes, winning the event.

For the men, Cole Greashaber went largely unbroken and set the precedent in heat 3 being the first male athlete to complete the course in under four minutes. In heat 4 Justin Medeiros made a huge comeback by going unbroken in the pullovers and holding steady through a few close calls in the freestanding handstand push ups. Justin’s performance was enough to stay ahead of Noah Ohlsen, Roman Khrennikov, and Patrick Vellner, however he didn’t beat Greashaber’s time. The former two-time CrossFit Games champion took a much-needed second place score in this test following his surprising 29th and 37th place finishes in event 1 and 2 respectively.

Individual Women

  1. Danielle Brandon 
  2. Elisa Fuliano 
  3. Paige Powers
  4. Shelby Neal 
  5. Alexis Raptis 
  6. Katrin Davíðsdóttir
  7. Emily Rolfe
  8. Sydney Wells
  9. Baylee Rayl 
  10. Matilde Garnes

Individual Men Results

  1. Cole Greashaber 
  2. Justin Medeiros 
  3. Bayley Martin 
  4. Jay Crouch 
  5. Roman Khrennikov 
  6. Patrick Vellner 
  7. Chandler Smith 
  8. Nick Mathew 
  9. Samuel Cournoyer
  10. Henrik Haapalainen

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1.- Alexis Raptis 270 / Roman Khrennikov 279
2.- Emily Rolfe 246 / Jay Crouch 258
3.- Arielle Loewen 225 / Spencer Panchik 225
4.- Emma Lawson 222 / Moritz Fiebig 216
5.- Annie Thorisdottir 216 / Smuel Cournoyer 204
6.- Bethany Flores 204 / Brent Fikowski 201
7.- Laura Horvath 202 / Jonne Koski 198
8.- Paige Powers 198 / Patrick Vellner 196
9.- Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir 188 / Dallin Pepper 195
10.- Jamie Simmonds 183 / Bk Gudmundsson 194

For time:

126-foot sled push, starting with all six kettlebells 
Then 3 rounds for time:
2 legless rope climbs
12 kettlebell clean and jerks
42-foot sled push, starting with two kettlebells*
*add two kettlebells to the sled after each round

Time cap: 18 minutes

Things got hot in this gritty, grippy test that was adapted from 2022 Games event 11. In heat one Jake Douglas, Samuel Kwant, Alex Vigneault and Kaique Cerveny came out strong but by the second round of rope climbs, Jack Farlow and Justin Medeiros were battling for the heat win. Farlow, being the bigger athlete edged out Medeiros making it to the KB clean & jerks first. Farlow took the heat win and finished 2nd overall in the event closely followed by David Shorunke. Medeiros finished 7th in the event overall, solidifying his comeback from Day 1, the worst event finishes of his career.

In heat two, Khrennikov took an early lead only to be challenged by Fikowski in the first round of clean and jerks and rope climbs. Pat Vellner began to close the gap between him and Fikowski in the sled push but lost his edge on the rope climbs. The second round of rope climbs made for a tight race between Khrennikov and Fikowski, but it was Khrennikov that came out on top for the event win.

On the women’s side, Rebecka Vitesson and Abigail Domit lead heat one but were capped with just a few reps remaining to finish the test. In heat two, Emma Tall, Laura Horvath, and Annie Thorisdottir were in contention during the first round but by the second round Alex Gazan pushed ahead in the legless rope climbs. Emma Tall was able to catch her in clean and jerks and the sled push giving her the event win. As Gazan struggled with the sled and her shoes slipped off, Laura Horvath creeped past and finished 2nd. Judges insisted that Gazan put on her shoes to finish the sled push, which she did just quickly enough to finish 3rd.

Individual Women

  1. Emma Tall 
  2. Laura Horvath
  3. Alex Gazan 
  4. Emma Lawson 
  5. Alexis Raptis 
  6. Jamie Simmonds 
  7. Rebecka Vitesson 
  8. Abigail Domit 
  9. Annie Thorisdottir 
  10. Alexia Williams

Individual Men

  1. Roman Khrennikov 
  2. Jack Farlow 
  3. Brent Fikowski 
  4. Dallin Pepper
  5. David Shorunke 
  6. Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson 
  7. Justin Medeiros
  8. Jeffrey Adler 
  9. Chandler Smith
  10. Ant Haynes

For time:

30-calorie SkiErg
30 sandbag squats 
20-calorie SkiErg 
20 sandbag squats 

Time cap: 6 minutes

Test 5 was a heavy, fast-paced burner. Heat one on the mens’ side was the Samuel Kwant show. He was first off the ski erg, and went unbroken in the sandbag squats. His unrelenting lead earned him the heat win ahead 29 seconds ahead of Jake Douglas, 2nd place heat finisher. In heat two Bronislaw Olenkowicz established a lead early on and was able to hold it all the way through despite the attempts of Will Moorad, Nick Mathew, Jason Hopper, and Jack Farlow.

Moritz Fiebig came out strong and was first off the skierg, leading the heat up until the last reps in the first set of squats Were he was overtaken by Colten Mertens. Pat Vellner made up ground on the skierg but no one was a match for Mertens who won the event. In the mens’ final heat the field held close at the start but it was Roman Khrennikov who was first to the ski erg after the first set of squats with Jeff Adler and Chandler Smith closely behind.The last set of squats made for a close race between the three athletes but it was Smith who was victorious in the end, earning the heat win by 2 seconds.

Emma De Rooy had the early lead in heat one but Ella Wugner made up serious ground in the first set of squats, making it to the second sandbag and skierg first. Wugner pulled ahead taking her first CrossFit Games heat win and being the only athlete in the heat to finish the work before the 6-minute time cap. In heat two Emma Cary pushed into first but a no-rep in the sandbag cleans temporarily put her behind Amanda Barnhart and Paige Semenza. Cary made up time in the second skierg but it wasn't enough and she was overtaken by Ellie Turner who won the heat but did not beat Wunger’s time. Katrin Davíðsdóttir dominated in the third heat but after a few no reps, Olivia Kerstetter pulled into first setting a new event record. In the final heat, Laura Horvath, Annie Thorisdottir, and Emma Tall stayed close on the first skierg but on the way to the second, Horvath was well ahead of the pack. She won the heat and the event.

Individual Women

  1. Laura Horvath 
  2. Alex Gazan 
  3. Olivia Kerstetter 
  4. Ella Wunger 
  5. Ellie Turner 
  6. Amanda Barnhart 
  7. Karin Freyová 
  8. Gabriela Migała 
  9. Katrin Davíðsdóttir 
  10. Paige Semenza

Individual Men

  1. Colten Mertens 
  2. Samuel Kwant 
  3. Justin Medeiros 
  4. Jelle Hoste 
  5. Bronislaw Olenkowicz 
  6. Patrick Vellner 
  7. Chandler Smith 
  8. Jeffrey Adler 
  9. Roman Khrennikov 
  10. Jake Douglas

This twist on a classic CrossFit benchmark “Helene” was the final event on Day 2 before the field would be reduced from 40 to 30 athletes.

3 rounds for time:

400-meter run
12 bar muscle-ups
21 dumbbell snatches (35/50 lb) (22,5/16 kg)

Time cap: 11 minutes

Kalyan Souza set the time to beat in heat one just edging out Kaique Cerveny, Michal Wesolowski, and Cole Sager by seconds. 

Tension brought on by the 30 to 40 athlete cut was apparent in heat two. Henrik Haapalainen, and Fabian Beneito went into the event just 1 and 2 points outside of the cut-off that could have kept them from advancing to competition day 3.  Uldis Upenieks overtook the field on the bar muscle ups which helped him stay ahead to take the heat.

 In heat three Lazar Đukić, Will Moorad, and Noah Ohlsen led the pack for much of the event. Coming in from the last run Đukić looked like the favorite to win the event, in line to best  Upenieks’s time to beat, but Moorad made up time in the DB snatches and slid in first. 

Heat four came out hot and stayed together until Bayley Martin and Pat Vellner pulled ahead, leading the second run. Jelle Hoste shifted gears brushing past Martin to enter the coliseum for the second set of muscle ups. The three athletes stayed within seconds of each other but Vellner’s DB cycling was superior and he was first to cross the finish line.

In the last heat Roman Khrennikov led the pack with Jonne Koski and Jeff Adler hot on his heels. The heat entered the coliseum together all within seconds of each other, cycling the dumbbells Khrennikov was first to head out on the second run but Jeffrey Adler creeped past him to make it first to the bar muscles ups. Adler opened up his lead substantially, going out for the last run and being first to the pull up bar. Even though Khrennikov, Chandler Smith, and Jay Crouch were making up time with the muscle ups, Adler’s efforts ensured his win in the heat and also the event.A back and forth battle between Abigail Domit, Manon Angonese, and heat winner Caroline Stanley set the time to beat in the first heat for the Individual women. In heat two, Ella Wunger advanced on Sehar Kaya and Sydney Wells negating Kaya’s early. The tables turned in the final 400m sprint where Kaya re-established her lead, giving her the time she needed to stay ahead in the DB snatches and take the heat leaving Wunger on the other side of the 30 athlete cut off. In heat three Paige Semenza was the leader, closely trailed by Emma Cary and Alice Fuliano upon returning to the coliseum. By the second round, it was the Cary and Fuliano show as both athletes had advanced far ahead of the pack on the second run. Cary continued to dominate and during the second round of snatches, the heat and the test was already won. Heat four was a group affair led by Bethany Flores, Katrin Davíðsdóttir, and Jamie Simmonds. In the last round Simmonds was far ahead of the rest, and although she took the heat, her time wasn’t enough to surpass Cary’s. The final women’s heat was a nail-biter as the women were just within seconds of each other. Emma Lawson’s no-rep on the second round of DB snatches was the handicap Arielle Loewen needed to start the last 400m, but Lawson recovered the distance with Laura  Horvath and Alexis Raptis following closely behind. Loewen went full-send on the final set of snatches but Raptis exploded on the scene, taking the heat.

Individual Women

  1. Jamie Simmonds 
  2. Emma Cary 
  3. Alexis Raptis 
  4. Arielle Loewen
  5. Emma Lawson 
  6. Bethany Flores 
  7. Paige Powers 
  8. Alex Gazan 
  9. Seher Kaya
  10. Elisa Fuliano

Individual Men

  1. Jeffrey Adler 
  2. Will Moorad 
  3. Lazar Đukić 
  4. Noah Ohlsen 
  5. Roman Khrennikov 
  6. Patrick Vellner 
  7. Chandler Smith 
  8. Jay Crouch 
  9. Uldis Upenieks 
  10. Ant Haynes

1.- Emma Lawson 477/ Roman Khrennikov 543
2.- Alexis Raptis 458 / Jeffrey Adler 443
3.- Laura Horvath 457 / Chandler Smith 432
4.- Alex Gazan 450 / Jay Crouch 411
5.- Arielle Loewen 432 / Brent Fikowski 405
6.- Jamie Simmonds 388 / BK Gudmundsson 401
7.- Annie Thorisdottir 388 / Patrick Vellner 392
8.- Bethany Flores 370 / Jelle Hoste 364
9.- Emma Tall 361 / Bayley Martin 363
10.- Paige Powers 350 / Jonne Koski 357

For time:

Run 5K

Time cap: 30 minutes

60 individual athletes set out on the 5k course at North Park. Roman Khrennikov and Lazar Đukić took an early lead establishing a pack of leaders with Jelle Hoste, Jeffrey Adler, Uldis Upenieks, and Patrick Vellner while Emily Rolfe set out far ahead of the other women and most of the men. By the 16th minute, Hoste and Adler were at the front of the pack, widening their lead against the rest of the pack. It was a close sprint to the finish but Adler couldn’t out hold his lead. Rolfe and Hoste took the win.

Individual Women

  1. Emily Rolfe 
  2. Katrin Davidsdottir 
  3. Arielle Loewen 
  4. Alexis Raptis
  5. Gabriela Migała 
  6. Bethany Flores 
  7. Emma Lawson 
  8. Kelly Baker 
  9. Seher Kaya 
  10. Sydney Wells

Individual Men

  1. Jelle Hoste 
  2. Jeffrey Adler
  3. Roman Khrennikov
  4. Lazar Đukić
  5. Brent Fikowski 
  6. Jay Crouch 
  7. Chandler Smith 
  8. Uldis Upenieks 
  9. Will Moorad 
  10. Patrick Vellner

2 intervals for total time:

21 box jump-overs (20/24 inches)
15-calorie row
9  burpee box jump-overs 
21 box jump-overs 
15-calorie row
9 burpee box jump-overs (36/48 inches)

Rest until 6-minute mark, then:

9 burpee box jump-overs
15-calorie row
21 box jump-overs
9 burpee box jump-overs 
15-calorie row
21 box jump-overs 

Time cap: 12 minutes

Technique and consistency were key in this work vs. rest burner. 

Sydney Wells and Shelby Neal took the early lead in Womens’ heat one. Due to a timer issue, an extra 20 seconds of rest was allotted between the two intervals which was maintained throughout the other heats. Kelly Baker started the second interval at full force going head to head with Neal. Baker came out on top beating out Neal in the last box jumps and winning the heat. This was a serendipitous outcome given that Baker who was cut at the end of Day 2, was asked back to competition, backfilling the spot after Ellie Turner withdrew from the competition. 

In heat two, Annie Thorisdottir’s efficiency in the box jump overs kept her on parr with Emma Tall and Karin Freyová but she blew past them and finished the first interval in under four minutes. In the second round, Emma Cary gave Annie a run being first to the rower and to start  the box  jump overs. Tall made an unsuccessful attempt to overtake her with Thorisdottir and Danielle Brandon close behind.

In heat three Emma Lawson, Arielle Loewen, and Gabriela Migała were within a few reps of each other before Lawson edged them out, beating Thorisdottir’s previous top time in the first interval. After the rest period, Lawson continued her rampage staying just ahead of Migała and Loewen. She had the quickest time of both intervals and earned her second event win.

On the mens’ side, heat one was a toss up between James Sprague and Nick Mathew with Fabi Beneito and Henrik Haapalainen with Haapalainen being the first to finish the interval thanks to his box jump over technique. After the break, Mathew went full force on the rower, trying to avoid the cut. When Mathew’s pace slowed it was Beneito closing in on the heat leader but remained just behind Haapalainan who took the heat win.

Right out of the gate in heat two Noah Ohlsen was first to the rower with the rest of the heat close behind. Jonne Koski closed in ahead of Ohlsen and Dallin Pepper on the box who stayed in contention for third with Colten Mertens, Samuel Kwant and Justin Medeiros. At 6 minutes, Koski and Kwant were neck and neck until arriving at the 15-calorie row. Koski, Kwant, and Pepper were nearly synchronized in the final reps before Koski shot across to the finish mat.

In heat three, Roman Khrennikov set the pace with Lazar Đukić but made two significant logistical errors, causing him to lose precious time and his lead to Patrick Vellner. In the back half, Vellner was far ahead the rest of the pack, but continued to go after Jonne Koski’s top time. Vellner won the test, successfully digging himself out of the hole he created at the beginning of the weekend.

Individual Women

  1. Emma Lawson 
  2. Emma Cary 
  3. Arielle Loewen 
  4. Gabriela Migała 
  5. Emma Tall 
  6. Jamie Simmonds 
  7. Annie Thorisdottir
  8. Laura Horvath 
  9. Katrin Davíðsdóttir
  10. Danielle Brandon

Individual Men

  1. Patrick Vellner 
  2. Jonne Koski 
  3. Bayley Martin 
  4. Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson 
  5. Dallin Pepper 
  6. Lazar Đukić 
  7. Jeffrey Adler 
  8. Samuel Kwant 
  9. Henrik Haapalainen 
  10. Jay Crouch

For load:

1-rep-max snatch
1-rep-max clean and jerk

Athletes will have two attempts at each lift. Time cap: 20 seconds per lift.

One of the most anticipated events announced before the weekend, and the final chance for 10 individual men and 10 individual women to stay on the right side of the cutoff line that would take each field down from 30 to 20 athletes.

In heat one the pressure was on for Olivia Kerstetter to lift heavy or go home as she sat in 21st, going into the event. She successfully made her opening snatch as did all of the athletes in the heat. Shelby Neal failed 191lbs (86 kg) and Sehar Kaya failed 185 lbs (84 kg) whereas Kelly Baker made her second attempt at 191 (86 kg) despite failing 182lbs  (82 kg) twice. In the clean & jerk Christine Kolenbrander had the biggest opener at 237 lb (107 kg). Kerstetter made easy work of 237 (107 kg) which in the end, saved her from the cut of field. Paige Powers who had the biggest lift at 241 lbs (109 kg) but still, Christine Kolenbrander took the heat win with her 447 lbs (202 kgs) total.

In the second heat the women put up some solid snatches. Danielle Brandon was the only woman to have a failed attempt with her opening weight but salvaged it in her second attempt of 175 lbs (79 kg). The crowd got behind Annie Thorisdottir as she saved her second attempt at 190 lbs (86 kg) and Laura Horvath put up 205 lb (93 kg) easily. Karin Freyová opened up the clean & jerk section at 230 lbs (104 kg). Emma Tall slowly stood up 246 lbs (111 kg) but missed the jerk just as Emily Rolfe with 212 lbs (96). Gabriela Migała quickly gets under 245 and locks it out. Brandon missed 215 lbs (97 kg) , deciding not to make another attempt. Horvath effortlessly puts 245 (111 kg) overhead securing her lead over Kolenbrander with a total of 470 lbs (213 kg).  

Heat one for the men was competitive from the start. Jack Farlow opened up the snatch portion, nearly stumbling with 287 lbs (130 kg) overhead. Bronislaw Olenkowicz easily put up 295 lbs (134 kg), Moritz Fiebig opened successfully with 275  lbs (124 kg), and Justin Medeiros closed out the first round of snatches making  272 lbs (123 kg). Farlow drove 305 lbs (138 kg) overhead, Olenkowicz made 315 lbs (143 kg) with style hitting a tree pose before releasing the barbell. Fiebig  put up 285 lbs (129 kg), Samuel Cournoyer moved up to 288 lbs (130 kg) to stay 1-up Nick Mathew and above the cut. 

The stakes got higher in the clean & jerk portion but so did the weights. Farlow opened with 326 lbs (148 kg), Olenkowicz loaded 365 lbs (165 kg), Fabien Beneito put up 325 lbs (147 kg). The second round was heated when Farlow rebounded the clean but successfully put 396 lbs (180 kg) overhead, setting a new CrossFit Games record for the clean & jerk. Olenkowicz failed his only attempt at 385 lbs (175 kg), as did Cournoyer with 358 lbs (162 kg). Beneito went for 356 lbs (161 kg) to stay on the right side of the cut line with Fiebig hot on his trail, successfully lifting just 1 lb more. Samuel Kwant made an impressive save with 338 lbs (153 kg) and Medeiros stayed alive with 335 lbs (152 kg). 

In the final heat, Noah Ohlsen missed his opening snatch at 260 lbs (118 kg).

Will Moorad and Jonne Koski successfully opened at 266 lbs (221 kg) as did Lazar Đukić with 270 lbs (122 kg). Brent Fikowski missed his two opening attempts at 286 lbs (130 kg) putting even more pressure on his second round. Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson put 95 lbs (43 kg) overhead though it is unclear why. Pat Vellner makes his second attempt at 271 lbs (123 kg) before Chandler Smith smoothly gets under 280 lbs (127 kg). Roman Khrennikov establishes a safe 265 lbs (120 kg) to end the opening round.

Ohlsen stands up 275 lbs (125 kg)  with a smile. Colten Mertens and Koski failed their lifts at 286 lbs and 280 lbs respectively. (130 and 127 kg). Fikowski recovered from the previous round putting up 286 lbs (130 kg). BKG maintains his first attempt with the crowd’s support.   Smith made easy work of 291 lbs (132 kg) though clearly he was not satisfied. Adler makes 282 lbs (128 kg) and Khrennikov closes the snatches with 315 lbs (142.8), significantly more than his opening weight.

Mertens opened with 326 lbs (148 kg) as did Dallin Pepper who nearly fumbled the clean but saved the lift going overhead. Fikowski put up 330 lbs (150 kg) which would temporarily put him in the lead. Gudmundsson opened at his snatch weight to stay alive, and Smith, Adler, and Khrennikov stayed solid going into the second round. Mertens lost 340 lbs (155 kg) overhead as did Koski with 336 lbs (152 kg) and Jelle Hoste with 315 lbs (143 kg). Vellner put up 342 lbs (155 kg) without batting an eye and Smith recovered his messy but effective 335 lbs (152). Adler locks out 360 lb (163 kg) and Khrennikov sticks 341 lbs (155 kg) but in the end no one could eclipse Farlow’s 701 lbs (318 kg) total, making this his first event win. MoritzFiebig re-establishes his best rossFit Games career finish in this event tying for 4th place with Jeffrey Adler, lifting an immense 642 lbs (291 kg) total. Adler’s result closes in on Khrennikov’s ample lead and making the leaderboard more interesting going into the final day of competition.

Individual Women

  1. Laura Horvath 
  2. Christine Kolenbrander 
  3. Karin Freyová 
  4. Amanda Barnhart 
  5. Gabriela Migała 
  6. Olivia Kerstetter 
  7. Emma Lawson
  8. Emma Cary 
  9. Kelly Baker 
  10. Paige Powers (T-10th)
  11. Abigail Domit — 426 pounds (T-10th)

Individual Men

  1. Jack Farlow 
  2. Bronislaw Olenkowicz 
  3. Nick Mathew 
  4.  Jeffrey Adler (T-4th)
  5. Moritz Fiebig (T-4th)
  6. Fabien Beneito
  7. Spencer Panchik
  8. Brent Fikowski (T-8th)
  9. Dallin Pepper (T-8th)
  10. Chandler Smith 
  11. Samuel Cournoyer

1.- Emma Lawson 729 / Roman Khrennikov 716
2.- Laura horvath 681 / Jeffrey Adler 703
3.- Arielle Loewen 668 / Chandler Smith 628
4.- Alexis Raptis 626 / Patrick Vellner 612
5.- Gabriela Migala 593 / Brent Fikowski 606
6.- Alex Gazan 576 / Jay Crouch 588
7.- Annie Thorisdottir 531 / Bayley Martin 559
8.- Emma Cary 521 / BK Gudmundsson 545
9.- Emma Tall 518 / Lazar Djukic 531
10.- Katrin Davidsdottir 516 / Jelle Hoste 530

5 rounds for time:

7 muscle-ups
1 sandbag over 3 logs

(Rounds 1-4 = (100/150 lb 45/68 kg),
Round 5 = (125/200 lb )

Time cap: 13 minutes

From 30 to 20 athletes on the final day of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games. The most contentious morning of fitness began with high logs, heavy bags, and a whole lot of muscle ups.

In the mens’ heat, the athletes moved nearly in sync but it was Pat Vellner that made it off the rings first. Jelle Hoste, Jeffrey Adler, Roman Khrennikov, and Jonne Koski weren’t far behind going into round three. In the fourth round Koski’s consistency had edged him towards the leaders Adler, Vellner, and Hoste, but it was the last sandbag clean that made the difference. Adler, just seconds ahead of Koski, was first to slide past the finish line, and slide up the leaderboard becoming the new leader on the mens’ side. Vellner finished 5th putting him just four points ahead of Chandler Smith and in contention for 3rd place on the podium.

For the women Laura Horvath and Alex Gazan took the early lead with Emma Cary closing in on Gazan. By the second round Horvath, Cary, and Gazan were trading for the lead with Arielle Loewen and Emma Lawson trying not to fall off pace . In the 4th round Horvath lapped Alexis Raptis who had difficulty cleaning the bag over the last log. Horvath started the last round with the wind at her back, augmenting her lead over the rest of the field. She was able to stay unbroken on the last set of muscle ups and went off to the first sandbag leaving Gazan on the rings. Horvath was able to take her time, being so far ahead of the other competitors, but there was a moment of tension in the stadium when she had difficulty hoisting herself over the last log. She regrouped and muscled her way over carrying the sandbag across the finish line and earning the well needed 100-point win. Emma Lawson crossed the finish line over a minute later, protecting a large part of her lead from Horvath and continuing to wea the leaders’ jersey going into event 11.

Individual Women

  1. Laura Horvath
  2. Alex Gazan 
  3. Arielle Loewen 
  4. Paige Powers 
  5. Emma Tall 
  6. Emma Lawson 
  7. Danielle Brandon 
  8. Gabriela Migała
  9. Katrin Davíðsdóttir 
  10. Karin Freyová

Individual Men

  1. Jeffrey Adler 
  2. Jonne Koski 
  3. Jelle Hoste 
  4. Roman Khrennikov 
  5. Patrick Vellner 
  6. Justin Medeiros 
  7. Dallin Pepper 
  8. Will Moorad 
  9. Chandler Smith 
  10. Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson

8 rounds for time:

Down-and-back P-bar traverse 
30 heavy-rope double-unders 
1 section hand-over-hand sled pull

Time cap: 15 minutes

Roman Khrennikov entered the Coliseum limping as the result of a foot injury he sustained in going over the last wood log in test 11. This is a huge game-changer given that only 2 points separate Jeffrey Adler and Khrennikov from the title Fittest on Earth. Similarly, Patrick Vellner and Chandler Smith are separated by a mere four points to claim the third place spot on the podium. Björgvin Karl Gudmundson, nursing an injured psoas, aimed to do as much damage control as possible to stay alive in the competition. 

In heat one Lazar Đukić pulled into a comfortable lead with Will Moorad, Sam Kwant, and Jay Crouch battling for second in the heat. Đukić won the heat followed by Crouch and a late charge from Justin Medeiros who overtook Noah Ohlsen and Moorad.

Heat two started with a sprint on the P bars followed by a roar from the crowd as Khrennikov attempted the heavy double-unders single-legged. Brent Fikowski jumped out to an early lead being first to the sled pull, closely followed by Gudmundson and Koski. More cheers from the audience as Khrennikov finally makes it past the first 30 double-unders. Fikowski, Gudmundson, and Koski continue to fight for first place as Vellner begins to make up time.

Thanks to his meticulously-executed transitions, Fikowski finishes first, smashing the previous time set by Lazar Đukić. BKG received a costly no-rep on the last p-bar traverse allowing Jonne Koski to slip past the finish just fractions of a second ahead of him.

The last three minutes of competition belonged to Khrennikov as he finished the test as best as he could, Adler by his side cheering him on. As Khrennikov hobbled off of the competition floor, the spectators came to a standing ovation, chanting his name.

With Khrennikov in a critical state, Fikowski’s claim for first, and Adler’s surprising 7th place finish, the suspense couldn’t be more palpable before the final event. 

In the first heat on the womens’ side Danielle Brandon and Paige Semenza start strong until the third round mark where Brandon pulls ahead. Paige Powers overtook Semenza near the six minute-mark but the gap between her and Brandon proved to be too big to make up. Danielle Brandon making easy work of the P bars took first place followed by Paige Powers who crossed the finish line 30 seconds later. Emily Rolfe came in ahead of Semenza despite a no-rep on the last traverse.

In heat two, Laura Horvath leads with Arielle Loewen who sat in third and Alexis Raptis who was fifth at the start of the event. Going into the second round, Alexis Raptis joined the group of leaders while Emma Lawson fell far behind, struggling with the P-bars. Horvath began to open up a lead in the third round, dominating the sled pull. The battle for second in the event was between Loewen, Alex Gazan, and a late charge from Katrin Davíðsdóttir. Around the seven minute mark, Horvath had lapped Lawson, guaranteeing her second event win for the day.

Gazan pulled in ahead of Cary in the last sled pull and slid past the finish line just two seconds before the time to beat set by Danielle Brandon in heat one. Davíðsdóttir and Loewen finished in  fourth and fifth respectively.

Emma Lawson finished 7th in her heat but 10th in the event, dethroning her from the top of the leaderboard. Laura Horvath is the new leader going into the final event of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

Individual Women

  1. Laura Horvath 
  2. Danielle Brandon 
  3. Alex Gazan 
  4. Paige Powers 
  5. Emma Cary 
  6. Katrin Davíðsdóttir 
  7. Arielle Loewen 
  8. Alexis Raptis 
  9. Emily Rolfe 
  10. Emma Lawson

Individual Men

  1. Brent Fikowski 
  2. Patrick Vellner 
  3. Jonne Koski 
  4. Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson 
  5. Dallin Pepper 
  6. Lazar Đukić 
  7. Jeffrey Adler 
  8. Jay Crouch 
  9. Justin Medeiros 
  10. Noah Ohlsen

For time:

21-18-15
Echo Bike calories
Thrusters (85/115 lb) (95/135 lb) (105/155 lb)
Then, 66-foot overhead walking lunge (105/155 lb)

Time cap: 10 minutes

The final test of the NOBULL 2023 CrossFit Games was a full body grind and a fight to climb the leaderboard. 

In mens’ heat one Jelle Hoste and Bayley Martin battled for Rookie of the Year with a nine-point separation. Hoste was first off the bike and onto the thrusters in the round of 21, but Upenieks was the leader going into the second round. Samuel Kwant edged out Upenieks for the lead with Justin Medeiros behind, but Colten Mertens made up time on the thrusters keeping up with the pace set by the leaders. Kwant was first to start the heaviest set of thrusters and with an efficient transition to start the overhead lunges, won the heat. Medeiros, and Hoste crossed the finish line behind him. Ohlsen finished fifth in the heat, making his final appearance as an individual athlete after 10 consecutive Games appearances.

The first heat on the womens’ side was dominated by Bethany Flores. Emma Tall and Emily Rolfe held Flores’ pace but Annie Thorisdottir was able to sneak through reaching the 18 calorie bike first. Going into the final round the youngest athlete on the field Olivia Kerstetter had overtaken Thorisdottir and lunged down the field unbroken and unchallenged winning the heat. Tall, Rolfe, and Karin Freyová were side by side in the final march of overhead walking lunges, but two no-reps for Freyová in the final section cost her the edge over Rolfe and Thorisdottir.

Heat two for the women was tense from the beginning. Emma Lawson was in the lead, attempting to regain her top spot on the leaderboard. She was first off the bike and got to the 21 thrusters first but Horvath wouldn’t let up. Katrin Davíðsdóttir and Emma Cary challenged Horvath in the second set of thrusters but Emma Cary led going into the final thrusters. Horvath only had beating Lawson in mind and took advantage to get some rest before starting the arduous march to the finish.

Closing out the test, Davíðsdóttir and Cary went step for step in the walking lunges finishing first and second, but when Horvath crossed the finish line, she was already Fittest on Earth. 

The final heat for the men and the final heat of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games was a lottery for second and third place on the podium. 

Despite a broken foot, Khrennikov was still in the running for a podium spot thanks to his dominant performance prior to event 10.

Gudmundson was first to the 21 thrusters but could barely get ahead of Brent Fikowski, Lazar Dukic, and Chandler Smith. Dallin Pepper and Jay Crouch were first the the second set of thrusters, each breaking long enough to let Jonne Koski and Fikowski catch up and match their pace. Pepper was first to the final barbell and only had five reps left by the time Jeffrey Adler made it to his. Pepper broke once more before getting the last thruster and setting off on the 66-foot march and crossing the finish line for seconds faster than Kwant’s time to beat. Koski, Adler, and Crouch were the next to cross, confirming the most likely scenario; Jeffery Adler is Fittest on Earth.

Vellner, Smith, and Fikowski finish the test, and Gundmundson makes it past the finish line just at the buzzer. Khrennikov was the only athlete in the heat not to finish the test, but received most support from the Coliseum.

Individual Women

  1. Olivia Kerstetter 
  2. Katrin Davíðsdóttir
  3. Gabriela Migała
  4. Laura Horvath 
  5. Emma Cary
  6. Emma Tall 
  7. Emily Rolfe
  8. Danielle Brandon
  9. Emma Lawson
  10. Paige Powers

Individual Men

  1. Dallin Pepper 
  2. Samuel Kwant 
  3. Justin Medeiros 
  4. Jonne Koski
  5. Jeffrey Adler 
  6. Jay Crouch
  7. Jelle Hoste 
  8. Lazar Đukić 
  9. Noah Ohlsen
  10. Colten Mertens

Leaderboard

Official leaderboard can be found here.

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How Does the Competition Work?

Scoring

Athletes are awarded points for each event based on a points table. Better performance equates to more points and at the end of the competition, the athletes with the most points in their category win the competition.

Cuts

Cuts to the field of athletes will be made as follows:

At the end of competition on Friday the top 30 men, women, and teams will advance. After the last event on Saturday only the top 20 men, women, and will advance to the final day of competition.

Prizes

The athletes in each category will earn cash prizes in addition to the title “Fittest on Earth”. This year the total prize purse is $2.945 million, a $17,000 increase from last year.

Individual Athletes
First place: $315,000
Second place: $125,000
Third place: $85,000

Team Competition
First place: $100,000
Second place: $75,000
Third place: $45,000

Additionally, cash prizes will be awarded to athletes who make the podium in each competition event: 

Individual Events Wins
First place: $3,000
Second place: $2,000
Third place: $1,000