The title for Fittest on Earth was also contested by athletes ranging in ages from 35 to 60+ last week and even though the Elite individual competition is the highlight for many, the Masters’ events are equally fierce and impressive.
Probably the most impressive story is that of Susan Clarke, who won every single event of the CrossFit Games in her division, finishing with 700 points – the perfect score. Read on to find out more.
This year only the top 10 athletes from each division made the Games qualifying cut – the Age Group Online Qualifier – where before that number had been 20.
Have a look at the 2019 CrossFit Games Masters workouts, final leaderboard and athletes’ thoughts.
2019 CrossFit Games Masters Workouts
- Nicholas Urankar
- Jordan Troyan
- Sigurður Þrastarson
- Alexandre Jolivet
- Michael Laverriere
- Stefan Helgi Einarsson
- Kevin Longmeier
- Mike Abgarian
- David Santa Cruz Borgstrand
- Kyle Kasperbauer
Winner Nicholas Urankar finished the 2019 CrossFit Games with four event wins. However, he did speak out about the lack of attention around the Masters competition this year.
“Crazy being at the Games competing against the best 35-39 Yr Olds in an Empty Stadium. I’m not sure people even knew we were competing,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I’m not complaining, nor do I believe people “should” have watched. More, knowing what was at stake, the amount of people who participated, and where we were it was just odd that not even a whisper was heard about it.”
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Crazy being at the Games competing against the best 35-39 Yr Olds in an Empty Stadium. I’m not sure people even knew we were competing _____ I’m not complaining, nor do I believe people “should” have watched. More, knowing what was at stake, the amount of people who participated, and where we were it was just odd that not even a whisper was heard about it #lol #crossfit #odd #stillfun #justdifferent
Kyle Kasperbauer, defending age group champion and Fittest Man on Earth (35-39) in 2017 and 2018, had to withdraw from competition due to a calf strain/tear.
“Being a competitor, it was difficult to withdraw from the 2019 CrossFit Games. However, the risk of causing more damage to an already strained/slightly torn calf muscle was too high,” he wrote on Instagram after making his decision. “In addition, going into competition knowing I was not going to meet my own expectations was not an option.
“Going on my 10th year in CrossFit and my 9th year at the Games, I feel I was more prepared than ever and in the best shape of my life. And that’s at the ripe age of 37. Just experienced a temporary set back. I look forward to a little rest (1 workout/day), recovery and proper lower limb rehabilitation combined with quality nutrition and sleep. Everything will move forward and be just fine. Excited to see where all this takes me, as it was a great year of training.”
- Anna Tobias
- Carleen Mathews
- Rebecca Voigt Miller
- Hope Cicero
- Alethea Boon
- Ursula Fasel
- Susana Rodrigues Etto
- Jenn Ryan
- Jolene Quirke
- Corrin Lemieux
Defending age group champion Anna Tobias walked away with another win this weekend. She won three of the eight events and had a lead of 90 points.
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We did it!!! So excited to be on top again! So many thank you’s to come but for now, a huge thank you to @bradletes and @eriseyl for coaching me and to everyone that cheered from near and afar! • @bradletes @t2crossfit @inov_8 @fitaid @magicmarinesailing @lurongliving @rxsmartgear @cert4sport @exosleeve @romwod @rocktape @crossoversymmetry @ntrecovery @gatorzeyewear @hyperice @haloneuroscience @yeti @49ersailing @crossfitgames @ussailingteam #crossfit #girlswholift #strongisbeautiful #masters36 #49erFX #Tokyo2020 #challengerFX
Second place finisher Carleen Mathews wrote: “This feels better than any other athletic accomplishment in my life!!! Right now the only thing that would make this better would be calling my daddy to tell him… but I know he’s watching!”
Alethea Boon, who qualified to the Elite individual competition after her performance at the Down Under CrossFit Championship and was a podium finisher at the Asia CrossFit Championship, declined her invitation to compete as a Master.
“This year going masters was the right decision for my current lifestyle and body and you know what even as a veteran of this sport I come away with even more learnings about both body and mind,” she shared on Instagram.
“Grateful for every opportunity I get to do what I love. Now to share what I love with more people.”
- Jason Grubb
- Richard Vint
- Robbie Perovich
- Caine Hayes
- Nuno Costa
- David Levey
- Brian Campbell
- Heath Moody
- Tony Kurz
- Chris Anderson
It was the second time at the CrossFit Games for winner Jason Grubb. He went from being an unfit 38-year-old to qualifying to the Games and finishing 3rd (men 40-44) in 2018. This year he beat Britton Richard Vint by 130 points.
Soldier at the US Army, Kurz went into the Games ranked 4th overall and 1st in the Age Group Online Qualifier but was recovering from a minor shoulder injury. You can read about his whole experience at the Games here.
- Joey Kimdon
- Kelly Friel
- Deanna Posey
- Jenna Larson
- Alexis Rufus
- Michelle Suozzi
- Melissa Wistrom
- Kim Mullins
- Stephanie Roy
- Karen Mccadam
A third Games podium finish for Joey Kimdon and a personal best, after finishing 2nd (women 35-39) in 2017 and 3rd (women 40-44) last year. She finished the Games with a total of 700 points and four event wins. She started off strong – and won the first two events – and finished equally as strong – beating all women in the last two workouts of the weekend.
Second place finisher Kelly Friel said: “To be called thefittest female in the world (masters 40-44) for the 2nd consecutive year is just an amazing feeling.
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To be called thefittest female in the world (masters 40-44) for the 2nd consecutive year is just an amazing feeling. The achey calves, sore heel and and torn hands were definitely worth it. The field of athletes this year were just amazing – great catching up with old and new friends ——————————————————————— • Words can’t describe how I felt when they announced the top 4 ladies- all I wanted to do was grab hold of my family and give them one big !!!! I’m not gonna lie, a few tears were shed purely because I didn’t think it would be possible to make it back onto that podium again- Tbh I still can’t quite believe it • ————————————————————————- Sooo many people I wanna thank….. ..to name everyone the list would go on forever but here are a few: • My family @simonfriel @erinfrielcrossfit_ @imofriel_ Hugo you guys rock - the Friel’s, the Morris ‘s & Roger’s family @elevate_performance for helping me get to this level, @Scotty p for being the no 1 training partner , @crossfitsouthampton for being the best box . @dmayeshealthandfitness & @89amyj for the best cheerleaders . All the companies that have shown there ongoing support: @virusintl @wedominatenutrition @dbasports @wolversonfit @wit.fitness @sgfspeedropes @bigcrocodileuk @thebarbellcoffeeco @compex_uk @rocktape_uk @iconnutrition To every single person that sent good luck messages over the past few days – it really does mean a lot to me……….from the bottom of my heart – a BIG THANK YOU • • A few days to chill out with the family and then back to the drawing board we go…… let’s see what next year holds!!!! • • #crossfitgames #masterathlete #2ndfittest #40-44 #crossfit #proven #silvermedal #podium @jonpaynephoto
“I’m not gonna lie, a few tears were shed purely because I didn’t think it would be possible to make it back onto that podium again- Tbh I still can’t quite believe it.”