Athlete Rankings: Clean & Jerk

June 29, 2009 6:00 AM

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Here's another installment of the 2009 CrossFit Games competitor rankings. This time, we look at how the athletes stack up on the Clean and Jerk.

Not surprising for the men is Josh Everett ranked #1 with 347lbs. Games newcomer Rory Hanlin is close behind with 330.

The top ranking female for Clean and Jerk is also the 2008 CrossFit Games champion, Caity Matter, with 190. Michele Vieux comes in second with 180lbs.

Clean & Jerk Rankings - [Male] [Female]

10 comments on this entry.

1. Ralph Hicks wrote...

June 29, 2009 6:43 AM

These numbers are like technology, as soon as they come out they are already out dated.

It just shows you how fast CrossFit is changing what people can do.

Fully functional people who are amazingly strong.

I have seen Graham Holmberg who was a college baseball and football player do things in the last 2 months that he probably never thought possible.

It is hard to imagine what the games will look like in a few years.

It will be amazing.

June 29, 2009 7:21 AM

Well said, Ralph. I know that for myself, personally, both rankings thus far show outdated numbers. It makes me wonder what the other competitors are capable of now!

3. ken c wrote...

June 29, 2009 8:09 AM


thanks for all the info with these rankings. will be interesting to see how it all plays out as predictors of the final standings.

4. Marc Digiorgio wrote...

June 29, 2009 12:54 PM

Rob Orlando looks to be sandbagging his numbers a bit as well. I'm pretty sure i've seen videos of that guy on youtube throwing a lot more than that overhead..

5. Anthony Springman wrote...

June 29, 2009 1:18 PM

I saw on Hanlin's workout blog he cannot make it to the games this year. He has some monster numbers, and yeah, Orlando is a beast. Good luck to all competing this year- this is really fun for us mortals to follow.

6. Ralph wrote...

June 30, 2009 6:48 AM

not carried away at all. They are fully functional and are amazingly strong.

How often do you see someone walking down the street that can even C&J 150lbs. How many people even know what the clean and jerk is, LOL.

In relation to the vast majority of people they are strong, amazingly strong.

Not Olympic lifters, not power lifters, but then those people are not really all that functional, kind of like marathon runners. Amazing at what they do, but not great at really anything else.

I don't want to hate, just want to give credit where it's due.

7. ken c wrote...

June 30, 2009 7:56 AM


your body weight in kilos is WAY more than a strong clean and jerk, its more like world class qualify for the olympics clean and jerk. guy who weighs 185 would have to take 407lbs ground to overhead by your definition. i doubt anyone in the NFL can do that. are those guys not strong? the absolute best 185lb clean and jerk guys in the world are around 440lbs (kendrick ferris). get real dude.

June 30, 2009 8:49 AM

Easy you went and pissed off all us PLers and OLers. No disrespect to the community but I was pretty functional while doing both of those sports long before CrossFit was put together. I understand what you are trying to say, but lets not throw every athlete under the bus. Preview before you post please.

9. Justin Smith replied to comment from Ralph...

June 30, 2009 2:15 PM

"Not Olympic lifters, not power lifters, but then those people are not really all that functional, kind of like marathon runners. Amazing at what they do, but not great at really anything else."

Just remember that being mediocre at everything is not that great either.


10. Ralph replied to comment from Justin Smith...

July 1, 2009 7:02 AM

yes, I wrote fast and was more doing a reply to the previous comment not giving the guys listed credit.

Olympic, power, marathon, sprinter, CrossFitter, etc etc are all amazing.

So simply saying that the guys and girls listed are very strong should have been enough.

I'm not an Olympic lifter or a marathoner, much respect to them as well as to the many people who did the qualifiers.

Even those who did not qualify have got my engine started in an attempt to qualify next year.