The first week of the 2014 CrossFit Regionals has now wrapped up with a few surprises in both the male and female divisions.
All up, four Regional Events took place over the weekend with nine men, nine women and nine teams all qualifying for the CrossFit Games in July.
Here’s a closer look at all of the Regions and who finished on the podium.
The big surprise in the North Central Region was Games veteran Stacie Tovar failing to qualify for the Games. Tovar finished the weekend in sixth place, six points shy of a podium finish. We also saw a new female champion crowned with Alexandra LaChance upsetting the much fancied Elisabeth Akinwale in the final Event to claim first place overall.
In the men’s half, Kyle Kasperbauer secured another Regional crown, with former Games competitors Justin Allen and Jared Stevens failing to podium.
We also had a new female champion in the South East Region with Emily Bridgers finishing nine points ahead of Talayna Fortunato on top of the leaderboard. Remarkably, Bridgers finished top two in six of the seven Events.
In the men’s half Travis Mayer secured another Games berth while Noah Olsen was the surprise packet, claiming his first Regional title.
It was a close finish in the Men’s Division at the Canada West Regional with Lucas Parker, Tyson Takasaki and Brent Fikowski all fighting for two qualifying spots on the final day of competition. In the end Parker and Takasaki finished first and second, with Fikowski missing out on a Games berth by just one point.
In the female’s half it was the Emily’s on top, with Emily Abbott and Emily Beers both qualifying.
All eyes were on Orlando Trejo at the Latin America Regional with the two-time Games athlete favourite to finish on top of the podium. However, a poor performance in Event 5 (42nd overall) saw him fall out of contention and finish in fourth place overall.
In the women’s half, Wanda Brenton was the overall winner, securing her first berth at the CrossFit Games.