5 Things You May Have Missed At The Asia CrossFit Championships

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The CrossFit Asia Championships ended recently and here’s 5 takeaways you may have missed!

#1. The top athletes dominated the Asia CrossFit Championships in all divisions

With the men’s, women’s, and team leaders dominating their respective divisions, the remaining athletes spent the weekend battling for second place.

Kristin Holte

On the women’s side, Kristin Holte from CrossFit Oslo crushed her competition, winning the first four events of the competition and beating out the overall second place finisher by a full eight points!

This theme was repeated in both the men’s and the team divisions.

Canada’s Brent Fikowski won four of six events and is expected to challenge three times Games winner Matt Froning in August.

He demonstrated a mastery of pacing and mindfulness throughout the competition.

In event 1, he purposely kept a slower running pace to save energy for the sandbag cleans and went on to win the event.

Brent Fikowski

During event 4, he was the only athlete in his heat to break the muscle ups in sets of three, a strategy that secured him a fifth place finish in a WOD that didn’t feature any movements in his wheelhouse.

 

Rich Froning’s Team Mayhem, reigning 2015, 2016, and 2018 CrossFit Games Team champions, swept the competition entirely, finishing first in every single event.

They walked away with a perfect score of six having been awarded one point for each of their six first place wins.

By the end of the second day, it was clear that so long as none of the leading athletes were injured, their championship wins were practically assured.

Even with incredible leads, and in Holte’s case, a guaranteed ticket to compete at the Games, the competitors continued to press hard.

With such great leads, the rest of the field battle for second place finishes.

In the men’s division, the competition was so fierce that USA’s Josh Woodhull and Hong Kong native Ant Haynes tied for second.

The tie-breaker went to Woodhull whose two third place event bests beat out Hayne’s one.

The final leaderboard results were:

Women

  1. Kristin Holte (CrossFit Oslo), 9 pts
  2. Eik Glyfadottir (CrossFit Ehoh), 17 pts
  3. Alethea Boone (CrossFit Active), 30 points

Men

  1. Brent Fikowski (Kelowna CrossFit), 14 pts
  2. Josh Woodhull (CrossFit Maven), 32 pts
  3. Ant Haynes (Coastal Fitness Performance Training), 32 pts

Team

  1. Mayhem Freedom (CrossFit Mayhem), 6 pts
  2. Team Invictus Grown Strong (CrossFit Invictus), 19 pts
  3. Torian Black (CrossFit Torian), 21 pts

#2 Two athletes embodied the true spirit of the games, winning the hearts of spectators.

As CrossFit spectators, we’re hungry to see beast athletes crush events.

The only thing that might rival the excitement of watching an athlete dominate the field is the passion and relentlessness exhibited by an athlete striving against all odds.

America’s Dana Paran (f) and South Korea’s Doomok Lim (m) were two such athletes; They captured our hearts during last weekend’s competition.

Dana Paran qualified for the Asian CrossFit Championships despite suffering from the impact of a near-career ending foot injury.

In 2017, she fell from a peg board while training, missing the crash pad entirely.

She smashed her foot against the gym’s Airdyne bikes during her fall and  landed with it in inverted position.

The fall caused a dislocation of her heal and the complete shattering of her talus (ankle) bone.

Metal plates were used to reconstruct her foot but they prevent her from flexing it.

It’s an injury that makes competition almost impossible.

Without full foot flexion, essential movements like squats are out of the question.

Paran’s had to adapt her movement patterns to train around her permanent injury.

Because of this, she entered January’s Wodapalooza as an adaptive athlete, but caught a lot of backlash, and ultimately withdraw entirely.

At the Asia CrossFit Championships, she received support for her adaptive status from spectators and competitors alike.

More importantly, her performance made a bold statement for adaptive athletes as she twice won her heat in a field of non-adaptive competitors.

Competitor Doomok Lim didn’t expect to be at a disadvantage when he qualified for the Asia CrossFit Championships, but a freak incident the night before competition made it so.

After accidentally slicing his hand open with a knife, he was forced to compete with stitches in his palm.

Though he was ultimately withdrew from events five and six, he showed great heart in the first four events. Event three was particularly challenging with one functional hand, yet Lim managed to finish a full 4k on the rower and 2km on the ski erg using just his right.

#3 Unexpected event win went to Australian Zeke Grove

Zeke Grove, who finished 30th in the 2018 CrossFit Games, demonstrated incredible growth and promise.

Though he placed seventh in the first event, he was the only athlete who managed to rep out ten touch and go reps with the 150 lbs sandbag to close out the event.

Even more impressive was his first place finish during the fourth event which consisted of three rounds of seven thrusters (165 lbs), fifteen muscle ups, and ten power snatches (165 lbs).

With that event, Grove found his groove.

He was the first athlete to steal a first place finish from Brent Fikowski who’d won all of the previous three events.

It was a performance that stunned the crowd, but Grove is no stranger to playing the impressive underdog.

The three time CrossFit Game competitor has overcome extreme obstacles in his athletic career.

In 2017, he competed at the Games just two weeks after his son was born two months prematurely.

Before the 2018 Games, a seizure placed him in a five day coma.

He spent two and half weeks recovering in the hospital, but came back to an improved leaderboard finish in the 2018 games.

Though he didn’t qualify for this year’s games at the Asia CrossFit Championships, his performance is an indication that he’s poised for a strong 2019 season.

#4 One team and four individuals who competed at the Asia CrossFit Championships are headed to the CrossFit Games this August. Here’s how they got there:

Two athletes headed into the weekend’s competition knowing they’d already secured their spots for the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Ant Haynes pre-qualified using CrossFit’s new country representation rule; he earned his way to the Games as China’s highest ranking athlete in this year’s Open.

Norway’s Kristin Holte secured her ticket with a top 20 overall finish worldwide, placing 15th in the Open.

Three additional Games tickets were up for grabs. Individual competitor Brent Fikowski and Team Mayhem snatched theirs with first place finishes in their respective divisions.

On the woman’s side, the competition ticket went to second place finisher Eik Glyfadottir as winner Kristin Holte already possessed one.

This came as a surprise to Glyfadottir.

During the award ceremony, she stated that she “actually had a hiking trip planned in Iceland during the week of the games” and that with the invitation to compete at the Games, she “might have to make some changes” to her travel plan.

#5 Buzzers Were Introduced

For the first time in CrossFit competition history, buzzers were used in place of time chips, giving athletes the ability to control their own finish time.

Event director Max Max was inspired by the use of the buzzer on TV’s Ninja Warrior.

The athlete’s had a lot of fun with this feature and many stated that they preferred it as there was less margin for error as with a time chip.

Team Mayhem deliberated on who should hit the buzzer for the team’s final event, eventually deciding on CrossFit Games veteran Chyna Cho.

They chose Cho, a Chinese-American athlete, in honor of the competition’s locale- her namesake, China.

With Cho’s hand on the buzzer, Team Mayhem officially locked-up their ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games.

There’s no word yet on whether the buzzer will be introduced in Madison this August. Only time will tell!

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