Fifteen athletes have been given major and minor penalties for their final workout of the 2020 CrossFit Open, CrossFit HQ announced on Friday.

After review, most athletes were penalised for “for lack of height on wall ball.”

Athletes with minor penalties:

  • ♀Jamie Greene –  Minor penalty for failure to reset the monitor.
  • ♀Emma McQuaid – Minor penalty for lack of height on wall ball.
  • ♀Gabriela Migała – Minor penalty for lack of lockout in muscle-up.
  • ♀Sabrina Caron – Minor penalty for lack of height on wall ball.
  • ♀Haley Adams – Minor penalty for failure to reset the monitor.
  • ♂Jeffrey Adler – Minor penalty for lack of height on wall ball.
  • ♂Marquan Jones –  Minor penalty for lack of height on wall ball.
  • ♂Piotr Szczycinski – Minor penalty for lack of depth in wall ball.
  • ♂Pd Savage – Minor penalty for lack of height on wall ball.

Major penalties were assessed to:

  • ♀Melina Rodriguez – Major penalty for lack of height on wall ball and lack of lockout in muscle-up.
  • ♀Jimena Delamer – Major penalty for a false start and failure to perform 12 wall-ball shots.
  • ♀Emelie Lundberg – Major penalty for consistent lack of lockout in muscle-up.
  • ♂Logan Collins – Major penalty for consistent lack of lockout in muscle-up.
  • ♂Giorgos Karavis – Major penalty for consistent lack of depth in wall ball.
  • ♂Christian Lucero – Major penalty for consistent lack of height on wall ball.

Christian Lucero shared he had been assessed a major penalty last week, prior to CrossFit’s official announcement. He has since announced that his appeal is being reviewed and CrossFit might reassess his original penalty.

CrossFit now has until December 16 to finalise the video review process and confirm the leaderboard; official CrossFit Games invitations to the Top 20 and National Champions will be sent no later than January 6, 2020.

While the leaderboard shouldn’t change much, no places at the CrossFit Games are official until then.

Fun fact: despite the minor penalty, Jeffrey Adler is still Canada’s National Champion, sitting ahead of Pat Vellner who has, unofficially, won the Open this year. The penalty did, however, push him down from 2nd to 5th on the worldwide leaderboard.

Worth noting: new this year, there were four possible outcomes that could happen after internal review of video submissions. CrossFit could either:

  • accept the score sent, declaring it a good video
  • accept the video with a minor penalty, when “the athlete demonstrates a small number of “no reps” that result in a faster time or higher score for a given workout”*
  • accept the video with a major penalty is there was “a significant number of “no reps” that result in a faster time or higher score, in which case “the score may be modified by subtracting 15 percent from the total rep count”*
  • reject the athlete’s score, in which case the athlete would have to submit a new video prior to the score submission deadline to receive a score.

*2020 CrossFit Games Rulebook

While the outcomes aren’t new, in the past CrossFit assessed minor penalties if an athlete demonstrated 1 to 4 “no reps” and a major penalty if there were 5 or more “no reps” in the video. The rule changes this year allowed them more flexibility assessing penalties.

What did you think of the scrutiny, penalties and scoring adjustments in the Open this year? Let us know in the comments section below.

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