Brent Fikowski and Sara Sigmundsdottir took the men’s and women’s titles at the Dubai CrossFit Championships, claiming $50,000 each in the process.
Sigmundsdottir continue her winning streak after picking up victories in the Open and the Filthy 150 already this season. The Icelander had an underwhelming first day by her standards, finishing sixth and 10th in events two and three, but was in peak form thereafter and never drifted out of the top five on a workout.
In the men’s division, Canada’s Fikowski had an incredible last two days, never finishing out of the top three in the last six workouts and taking back-to-back victories in events seven and eight.
The 2017 Games runner-up said the result will set up his season perfectly: “Going into this competition I wanted to come out of it feeling like myself. Feeling confident, feeling fit and really enjoying it. And when those things happen, usually the results take care of themselves.
“They did a really good job of drawing people to come here. You could feel the crowd. Especially in the chipper - you could really feel the crowd and that was one of the craziest experiences I’ve had as a competitor.
“It’s awesome that it’s gaining notoriety and people are showing up here to vacation.
Built for Athletes ambassador Zack George picked up 14th place thanks to a number of impressive performances, including a heat win in event nine which landed him fourth place for the workout overall.
And a number of other British competitors placed well as veteran Samantha Briggs managed to podium in the women’s competition and booked her place in Madison due to Sigmundsdottir and second-placed Karin Frey having already qualified via The Open.
Elliott Simmonds managed a top-10 result after winning event two while there was a UK representative on the Team competition podium as Phil Hesketh helped Team Prepared to third place.