The South African CrossFit community had high hopes of a local upset at this weekend’s CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town (FICT) sanctioned invitational qualifier, but the experience and prowess of the international athletes who travelled to the Mother City proved too much.
On the hunt for a spot at the CrossFit Games in August, a number of big names from across the globe flew into South Africa for the 3-day competition, hosted at the Green Point Athletics Stadium from 31 January to 2 February.
There were, however, a few secret off-site locations included in the schedule, and a team beach WOD on Clifton 4th beach. Organisers delivered a true test of strength, skill and fitness with a combination of outdoor events and classic CrossFit benchmark workouts, along with a few unknowns to keep athletes on their toes.
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As the sun rises tomorrow on what promises to be another epic day of competition we see the following top 3 female, male and teams going into The Green Point Athletic Stadium leading the packs: Females: 1. @katrintanja (320) 2. @miaakerlund (294) 3. @alessandrapichelli (284) Males: 1. @andrehoudet (276) 2. @crossfitcowboy45 (276) 3. @streathoerner (275) Teams: 1. @vondelgym (300) 2. @crossfitxy (282) 3. @capecrossfit (264) —- If you want a great recap of the days event, look at the article posted by our freelancer @coachbrianfriend – another great insight to what’s going on down here in Cape Town! #CrossFit #FiCT2019 #Sanctionals #crossfitgames
After an action-packed weekend, it was American and 2-times Games athlete Sean Sweeney, Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, the 2015 and 2016 Fittest Woman on Earth from Iceland, and Holland’s CrossFit Vondelgym that secured their spots at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.
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Individual Event 7: The Spotlight Lifting under those Friday Night Lights! @miaakerlund was the firm favourite amongst the women, known for her Olympic Lifting expertise she did not disappoint the crowd tonight with her time of 00:28.97. Mia was followed by @alessandrapichelli in second with 00:32.25 and local is lekker home grown hero @mishmerand with 00:58.25. Male event winner, Brazilian @anderonprimo took the win in 00:29, @toqueluc took second with 00:38.85, and @trexpaulson placed third with 00:45.84. The leaderboard is tight and it is anyones game today. Follow our live stream via facebook or our website www.fittestincapetown.com – 📷: @dyl_griffiths For a full recap of the day please head over to our website where @coachbrianfriend has written the days summery. Link in bio. – #CrossFit #fittestincapetown #fict #sanctionals #roadtomadison #capetown
The weekend’s best-placed local athletes were team Jacked Rebels. The team included SA’s fittest woman, Celeste Martiz, two former members from the CrossFit PBM team that competed at the Games in 2018, and Mary Jamieson who has competed in 5 previous Regionals events.
For more info on the event and a full recap of the action, visit fittestincapetown.com.