Day two of the 2023 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, kicked off with intense action as athletes in the men’s, women’s, and team divisions faced three challenging workouts. This day also marked a crucial point in the competition, as CrossFit implemented a roster cut. After the completion of all the workouts, the leaderboards would be finalized, and those ranking below 30th place would be eliminated from the lineup. With so much at stake, anticipation and excitement filled the air.
Roman Khrennikov, wearing the leader’s jersey for the first time in his career, aimed to maintain or even increase the gap between him and his rivals. On the other hand, Alexis Raptis held a substantial lead over her competitors and had some promising events scheduled for day two as well.
The point standings after the first day of competition were as follows:
Men (Top 15)
1. Roman Khrennikov — 279 points
2. Jay Crouch — 258 points
3. Spencer Panchik — 225 points
4. Moritz Fiebig — 216 points
5. Samuel Cournoyer — 204 points
6. Brent Fikowski — 201 points
7. Jonne Koski — 198 points
8. Patrick Vellner —196 points
9. Dallin Pepper —195 points
10. Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson — 194 points
11. Bayley Martin — 192 points
12. Chandler Smith — 192 points
13. Jeffrey Adler — 185 points
14. James Sprague — 177 points
15. Uldis Upenieks — 153 points
Women (Top 15)
1. Alexis Raptis — 270 points
2. Emily Rolfe — 246 points
3. Arielle Loewen — 225 points
4. Emma Lawson — 222 points
5. Annie Thorisdottir — 216 points
6. Bethany Flores — 204 points
7. Laura Horvath — 202 points
8. Paige Powers — 198 points
9. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir — 188 points
10. Jamie Simmonds — 183 points
11. Danielle Brandon — 180 points
12. Alex Gazan — 180 points
13. Emma Tall — 175 points
14. Baylee Rayl — 174 points
15. Christine Kolenbrander — 166 points
Teams (Top 10)
1. CrossFit Invictus — 270 points
2. CrossFit East Nashville PRVN — 267 points
3. CrossFit Oslo Navy Blue — 264 points
4. CrossFit Oba — 243 points
5. No Shortcuts CrossFit — 240 points
6. CrossFit Walley Athlete — 231 points
7. CrossFit Mayhem Independence — 225 points
8. CrossFit Move Fast Lift Heavy — 216 points
9. CrossFit Krypton — 201 points
10. CrossFit Prestanda — 187 points
The first workout of day two was called “The Alpaca Redux,” which challenged the athletes with a heavy sled push. The competitors had to dig in their heels and push with all their might. Rope climbs added a unique twist to the event, allowing those proficient in them to make up valuable time. The workout consisted of a 126-foot sled push, followed by three rounds of two legless rope climbs, 12 kettlebell clean and jerks, and a 42-foot sled push starting with two kettlebells.
In the men’s division, Roman Khrennikov, determined to hold onto his first-place position, gave it his all and finished the workout with an impressive time of 12 minutes and 34 seconds. Jack Farlow secured second place, and Brent Fikowski took third. Roman’s dominance continued, solidifying his lead.
In the women’s division, the results were yet to be announced.
The second workout of the day, called “Ski-Bag,” targeted the core muscles, constantly engaging them throughout the exercises. Both the SkiErg and sandbag squats were common elements in every CrossFit athlete’s training, making this event highly competitive.
The third workout, “Helena,” appeared deceptively simple but required strategic pacing due to its three-round structure. It demanded a balance between sprinting and endurance, making timing crucial.
As for the team division, the workout was called “Olympic Total.” Each team member had to perform their maximum snatch and clean & jerk, and the combined results determined the heaviest total. CrossFit East Nashville PRVN emerged victorious with a total of 2,115 pounds, surpassing the 2,100-pound milestone. CrossFit Walleye Athlete took second place, followed by CrossFit Invictus in third.
The competition continued to heat up as day two of the CrossFit Games progressed. With each workout, athletes pushed their limits and showcased their strength, endurance, and determination. The leaderboard would soon be updated, revealing who would advance and who would be cut from the lineup. The excitement and anticipation were palpable as the CrossFit Games entered its crucial stages.
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