After a promising start to the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games, where leading Regionals team, Cape CrossFit Wolfpack placed third in Saturday’s Triplus event, South Africa’s fittest team did the country proud by eventually ending the competition in a respectable 20th position.
The team, comprised of Nicole Warburg Mackenzie, Matthew Bowerman, Natasha Nel, Vicky Polydorou and Richard Wollboldt, beat out some of the world’s strongest teams in Saturday’s Team Triplus event – a predominantly cardio-based workout that consisted of a 500m swim, a 500m sled paddle and a 2km run – finishing the event in third, with a time of 35m20s, behind CrossFit Athletic (2nd in 25m08s) and CrossFit East Tamaki (1st in 33m26s).
Unfortunately, a 30th position in the handstand bob event, which consisted of 3 rounds of 20/15-cal row, 20/15-cal bike, handstand-walk course, 44-ft Big Bob push and another handstand-walk, put paid to the team’s momentum.
South Africa’s other team, CrossFit PBM from Pretoria, ended the Games in 36th following a strong showing that included a standout performance in the Bob Sprint event, where the team placed 5th. The eventual team champions were CrossFit Mayhem, a US team from Cookeville, Tennessee, which included multiple CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning.
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The team finished 18th in the Bicouplet relay. After 3 days of @crossfitgames this workout was a tough way to finish today. My grip eventually blew and my bar muscle ups went much slower than I would have liked! Still proud of our result and of the team! 🇿🇦🏆💪 it’s incredible to be out there on the coliseum floor 🏋🏻♀️ @fitnessmagsa @rebelelitefitness #madison #crossfitgames #fitnessjourney #gymnastics #gymnastique #gymnasticbodies #gymnasticsshoutouts #fit #fitnessgirl #strongwomen #fitnessmotivation #fit #life
For full coverage of the event and video highlights, visit games.crossfit.com.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.