The CrossFit season kicks off! The wait has been long, but the CrossFit Games 2021 are back stronger than ever and with many, many news.
The search for the fittest woman and man on earth begins with sorting surprises. And it does so with a totally new format, but one that promises more fun and, above all, more chances of reaching the long-awaited final.
For this reason, we will see for the first time 4 phases, in which the Open will no longer qualify directly for the final. Do you want to know more about the different qualifying phases for the 2021 CrossFit Games? Let’s go!
1 – CROSSFIT OPEN
Every CrossFit Games begins with an Open Games, and the 2021 Open Games promise to be the most important participatory sporting event in the world. Dave Castro himself, director of the CrossFit Games, assures us that they will be more attractive and accessible than ever.
With a duration of 3 weeks, from March 11 to 28, and with a total of 4 WODs. The Open Games will not qualify directly, but will lead to the quarterfinals.
And since many of us suffered from the closure of our boxes due to COVID, CrossFit wants to make it easy for us. He has announced that the Open can be held online from home, with a minimum of necessary material:
- A dumbbell.
- A bar and several discs.
- A drawer.
- A rope to jump.
- A pull-up bar.
So run to get the gear, and go for the Open!
Check the Leaderboard here.
2 – QUARTERFINALS
The first great novelty that the CrossFit Games 2021 brings us, is the quarter-final phase. From April 8 to 12 and online, the 10% of athletes (men and women) who have best classified in the Open Games of each continent will access. And regarding the team competition, the best 25% will be classified.
Check the Leaderboard here.
3 – SEMIFINALS
This year, the Regionals disappear and, in their place, come the Semifinals. A total of 10 face-to-face events, distributed between May 24 and June 20, organized in 6 continents and which will be distributed like this:
- North America: 4 events.
- Europe: 2 events.
- Oceania: 1 event.
- South America: 1 event.
- Africa: 1 event.
The 30 best athletes classified and the 20 best teams will access these semi-finals for each competition. In this way, the number of qualifiers will be different depending on the continent and its number of events:
- North America: 120 women, 120 men and 80 teams.
- Europe: 60 women, 60 men and 40 teams.
- Oceania: 30 women, 30 men and 20 teams.
- Asia: 30 men, 30 women and 30 teams.
- Africa: 30 men, 30 women and 20 teams.
Here we leave you the links to the events of each continent so that you get even more eager to sign up 😉:
4 – THE LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER
One of the main novelties of these CrossFit Games 2021, is the repechage. In other words, the last chance to qualify with direct access to the final. And, like all the previous phases, it will be online from July 2 to 4.
From this phase, the two best men and the two best women will be classified, resulting from the competition between:
- North America: athletes from 6th to 8th position in each competition.
- Europe: athletes from 6th to 8th position in each competition.
- Oceania: athletes from 4th to 6th position.
- Asia: athletes from 3rd to 5th position.
- South America: athletes from 3rd to 5th position.
- Africa: athletes from 2nd to 4th position.
5 – CROSSFIT GAMES 2021 FINAL
And finally, we reach the long-awaited final of the CrossFit Games 2021. After passing the qualifying phase, the best athletes in the world will compete against each other in Madison, Wisconsin, to achieve the title of strongest man and woman on earth.
This final will take place from July 27 to August 1. In it we will see the 40 best athletes, 38 resulting from the semi-finals, and 2 of each gender, classified at the last opportunity.
As you can see, the CrossFit Games 2021 present a new format that will undoubtedly bring us many surprises and so much emotion.
Are you like us and don’t want to miss out on any of these CrossFit Games 2021? follow the broadcast of the event live from the official CrossFit YouTube channel.
To get you fully into the CrossFit Games mood, we challenge you to train with us by reviewing the best WODs from the CrossFit Games from other years around here.