CrossFit Open 20.2 Review
Lefteris Theofanidis cemented his place at the top of The Open leaderboard with the third best performance in workout number two.
Last weekend’s challenge was as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of four dumbbell thrusters (50lbs for men and 35lbs for women), six toes-to-bars and 24 double-unders. Theofanidis managed 30 rounds plus four thrusters, backing up his excellent first-round performance from the previous week.
The 30-year-old Greek is full of determination this year and, in an Instagram post after the event, he wrote: “Done. Next.
“Let everyone else celebrate. I’m still not satisfied.”
Danish athlete Frederick Aegidius was the winner of 20.2, completing 30 rounds plus four thrusters and six toes-to-bars.
Aegidius did the workout alongside 2019 CrossFit Games runner-up Bjorgvin Karl
Gudmundsson in Reykjavik, and said on the TeamRICHEY YouTube channel after finishing: “It’s a matter of having short, fat legs and a solid lockout overhead on the dumbells. Try to relax on the toes-to-bars and then just enjoy it - [it’s only] 20 minutes, right?”
The 33-year-old now sits 289th on the leaderboard, having only come 1,175th in last week’s workout.
In the same Reykjavik gym, Sara Sigmundsdottir racked up 30 rounds plus four thrusters and two toes-to-bars to finish third woman in round two and move herself top of the rankings.
“I died at 19 rounds,” she said, “ but there was no option to die.”
Sigmundsdottir completed the workout alongside her training partner Annie Thorisdottir, who had the 22nd best performance of the week with 28 rounds plus four thrusters. Despite that tally, Thorisdottir was visibly disappointed with herself afterwards. “I rested longer than I needed to,” the Icelander said. “The first round went pretty badly. I tripped on the rope like three times and that honestly got in
my head. So the next two, three rounds I was trying to rush it to catch up with Sara. And then the double-unders are so much harder because then I’m making sure I’m not going to fail rather than just staying relaxed.
“I’ve never stopped in a workout, but I feel like I rested for too long, so I feel like I quit. I feel like I checked out [mentally], and that’s going to be the difference of being a good competitor and strengthening your head, rather than teaching yourself that it’s ok to bail. “That’s what is hurting, not necessarily the score.”