In this year's triplet event, the standards for the handstand pushups were more challenging than many competitors practiced. The grip was a fixed width parallette, and the head dropped below the height of the hands. Kipping was not allowed.
Jeff Tucker of GSX Athletics and CrossFit's gymnastics specialist talked about differences from typical gymnastics movements. "Normally in gymnastics, a measurement is from between the fingertip to the elbow. A little outside the width of the athletes chest... this (30 inch) stance on the parrallettes is gonna make it really hard, a lot of people are gonna have a hard time with this."
Was the grip too wide? "I think the proof will be in the pudding," said Jeff, "I don't want to be subjective." The event did claim its victims. Of the top 16 female athletes four women failed to complete a single HSPU to standard.
After the triplet, Tommy Hackenbruck spoke from an athletes view point. He regretted not holding more strict standards in his training. His performance wasn't what he thought it should be under the competition standards.