The seventeenth version of the CrossFit Games is underway in Madison, WI. All eyes turned to the two-time defending champion Justin Medeiros on Day Three (Aug. 3) when the Particular person athletes took the competitors flooring. Nevertheless, Medeiros’ Video games marketing campaign unfolded otherwise from what he or his followers doubtless envisioned. He ranked Twenty ninth and thirty seventh within the first two occasions, respectively — the 2 worst CrossFit Video games occasion finishes of his profession.
On Aug. 4, 2023, Medeiros appeared on the Buttery Bros YouTube channel to elucidate what led to his opening day efficiency. Medeiros’ interview begins at 2:00. Test it out beneath:
“Ride” was the primary Particular person occasion that featured athletes biking as many laps as attainable in 40 minutes on a Trek Bikes Marlin 8 mountain bike. Athletes who accomplished lap six inside 40 minutes raced for a closing lap. Though Mederios initially began nicely, a crash led to his eventual Twenty ninth-place end among the many 39 athletes.
“You took a tumble on the market,” mentioned Heber Cannon, one-half of the Buttery Bros. “A few them,” clarified Medeiros. Medeiros said that his falls resulted from a collision with Lazar Đukić. Per Medeiros, the primary tumble occurred after Đukić stepped on the pedal too arduous, which slowed Medeiros down and led to a crash. Nevertheless, Medeiros didn’t make clear whether or not the autumn resulted from a aspect impression or a rear-end collision.
In the course of the second accident, Medeiros was using on the within of Đukić, who was near Medeiros’ proper. “I don’t suppose he needed me to be on the within, so he tried to squeeze me out,” Medeiros mentioned. “I might have braked and gone round him, however I didn’t wish to break.”
Medeiros might have both stayed the place he was or hit the rails. He selected the previous, which resulted within the collision and the following fall. Đukić completed in thirty fifth.
I don’t suppose both of us needed to fall, so I don’t suppose both of [the collisions] was on function.
Within the second occasion, “Pig Chipper,” Medeiros had visible abrasions throughout his chest. He completed thirty seventh general — his worst occasion end in his four-year CrossFit Video games profession. However, Đukić regrouped and took second general behind Roman Khrennikov.
After the primary two occasions, Medeiros sat in thirty sixth place general and was liable to not making it via the primary spherical of cuts-offs after Day 4. Nevertheless, Medeiros got here again robust to complete second in occasion three, “Inverted Medley,” to leap to twenty second place on the finish of Day Three.
Whereas a protection of his Fittest Man on Earth® throne appears impossibly out of attain with slightly below two days of competitors left, Medeiros made it via the cuts and can see the 2023 CrossFit Video games to the top.
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