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Local CrossFit athletes represented South Africa over the weekend at the CrossFit Meridian Regionals and did the country proud.
Two of the four local teams in attendance finished in the top four, earning them a place at the CrossFit Games, which take place from 1-5 August 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin in the US, where the world’s finest athletes will battle it out for the title of ‘Fittest on Earth’.
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#Repost @crossfitgames with @get_repost ・・・ Two events and 200 points for @capecrossfit Wolfpack. It was all about Wolfpack from the start, the speed and decision with the flawless worm and transitions sealed the victory South African team. A worm made at home helped the team prepare for this movement. • 📷 @frozenintimefr | #MeridianRegional | @fitaid | #CrossFitGames _____________________________________________________________ Day 1 in the bags. New day, new focus. We are ready to bleed tomorrow.
Cape CrossFit Wolfpack, which included Matthew Bowerman, Christian Oman, Vicky Polydorou, Nicole Warburg Mackenzie, and Richard Wollbolt, dominated much of the team competition. The team took first place in three of the six events. Unfortunately, uncharacteristic performances in events 3 and 4 saw the team place 15thand 13th, respectively, which ultimately put pay to their overall win aspirations. However, a credible 4thin event 6 was sufficient to secure them 2ndoverall and that coveted spot at the Games.
Trailing Cape CrossFit by 12 points was another South African team, CrossFit Valley Road. Teammates Tasquane Hufkie, Sara Rudiger, Dean Shaw and Jaco van der Vyver were consistent throughout much of the team competition, winning event 3 on their way to third overall at Regionals. However, a 12thplace in the final event saw them finish behind their compatriots.
Among the men, previous Games athlete Jason Smith from CrossFit Kyalami was the highest placed South African, in 7th,Justin Swart from Cape CrossFit Wolfpack finished in 13th.
Unfortunately all local athletes finished outside the top 4 qualifying spots for the Games.