Now, "in one 20 minute event, 39 people are gonna be eliminated," reiterated Dave Castro, Director of the CrossFit Games.
The final event was a CrossFit couplet. Tough under any circumstances, brutal as the fifth workout of the day, and crucial for staying alive in the competition. Thirteen men and fifteen women would not finish within the allotted time. Carey Kepler had the best time for women at 11:01. Jason Khalipa had the best time for men at 11:18.
Three rounds for time of:
30 Wallball (20lbs/14lbs)
30 Hang squat snatches (75lbs/45lbs)
Castro briefed the event as Adrian Bozeman demonstrated the points of performance. Athletes had to finish the movement with control of the weight overhead. BrOPT (Michael Fitzgerald), who finished 34th in the event with a time of 18:16, was forced to redo his last repetition. His struggle for one final repetition in the midst of extreme muscle cramping is indicative of the mental fortitude these athletes possess. BrOPT finished Day 1 in 16th place, just good enough to make it to Day 2. In the end, he finished 11th overall.