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June 12, 2019

Which Crossfit Sanctionals Were The Most And Least Competitive (WOMEN)

This post will be looking only at the women’s side.

Out of all 15 of the 2019 Crossfit sanctioned events which of them turned out to be the toughest and weakest in terms of competitors.

In other words, which Sanctionals had the toughest lineups to compete against as an athlete and which had the “easiest”.

If you are a Crossfit Games hopeful looking to find the easiest path to the Games, besides finishing top 20 worldwide in the Open or becoming a national champion, the results below may be very useful in planning out your 2020 season.

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How Strength of Lineup Was Determined

To determine how tough it would be to compete at a certain Sanctional the lineups were ranked by taking the average worldwide 2019 Open rank as well as the combined number of Crossfit Games appearances of the top 10 finishers of each Sanctional.

These two factors were chosen based on the following:

Crossfit Games appearances = high levels of experience

Average Open rank = ability of non-Games athletes present

STRENGTH OF COMPETITION RESULTS

Strength of competition will be listed in order of toughest to weakest. In closer comparisons Games appearances outweigh average Open rank.

ROGUE INVITATIONAL

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 36

Average 2019 Open rank: 9

Notable athletes: Tia-Clair Toomey, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Annie Thorisdottir, Katrin Davidsdottir, Kristin Holte, Kari Pearce, Brooke Wells, Kristi Eramo

*No athlete outside of the top 26 worldwide in the Open. 7/10 of the top 10 finished 10th or better worldwide in the Open.


DUBAI CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 24

Average 2019 Open rank: 34

Notable athletes: Sam Briggs, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Jamie Greene, Alessandra Pichelli


WODAPALOOZA

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 23

Average 2019 Open rank: 20

Notable athletes: Tia-Clair Toomey, Kari Pearce, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Kristin Holte, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault


CROSSFIT STRENGTH IN DEPTH

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 18

Average 2019 Open rank: 37

Notable athletes: Sara Sigmundsdottir, Jamie Greene, Jessica Griffith, Haley Adams

*Top 3 athletes finished top 5 worldwide in the Open.


CROSSFIT FITTEST IN CAPE TOWN

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 18

Average 2019 Open rank: 98

Notable athletes: Katrin Davidsdottir, Alessandra Pichelli, Courtney Haley


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DOWN UNDER CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 12

Average 2019 Open rank: 132

Notable athletes: Amanda Barnhart, Jamie Greene, Courtney Haley, Alethea Boon


ASIA CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 10

Average 2019 Open rank: 462

Notable athletes: Kristin Holte, Alethea Boon, Eik Gylfadottir


REYKJAVIK CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 9

Average 2019 Open rank: 203

Notable athletes: Thuri Helgadottir, Haley Adams


AUSTRALIAN CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 8

Average 2019 Open rank: 114

Notable athletes: Sam Briggs, Madeline Sturt

*All 8 Games appearances are from 2 athletes (Sam Briggs, Madeline Sturt).


BRAZIL CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 7

Average 2019 Open rank: 327

Notable athletes: Mckenzie Riley, Paige Semenza


MIDATLANTIC CROSSFIT CHALLENGE

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 5

Average 2019 Open rank: 166

Notable athletes: Paige Semenza, Alexis Raptis


Related: A First Look at the 2019 Crossfit Games Athletes


CROSSFIT FRENCH THROWDOWN

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 4

Average 2019 Open rank: 87


CROSSFIT LOWLANDS THROWDOWN

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 4

Average 2019 Open rank: 159

Notable athletes: Filippa Ferm

*All 4 Games appearances came from Filippa Ferm


GRANITE GAMES

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 4

Average 2019 Open rank: 196

Notable athletes: Amanda Goodman


CROSSFIT ITALIAN SHOWDOWN

Combined Crossfit Games appearances: 1

Average 2019 Open rank: 226

Notable athletes: Stephanie Chung



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The easiest path to the Crossfit Games and strength of Sanctionals will likely change next year due to the 13 added Sanctionals (28 total) included in the 2020 Sanctionals season but the competition with the most pre-qualified athletes should remain one of the most efficient paths to the Games.

One last thing to note is that although The Rogue Invitational, Wodapalooza, and The Dubai Crossfit Championship are the 3 most competitive events they also offer the most prize money.

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