CrossFit 2022 Semifinals Preview: Takedown within the Far East

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Reside CrossFit competitors lastly returns to the Asian continent with this weekend’s occasion. Far East Takedown. The CrossFit Video games Semifinal will happen throughout the BEXCO Second Showroom in Busan, South Korea with six spots up for grabs for the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Video games, two every for males’s, girls’s and crew divisions.

Final season, the Asia Invitational was scheduled to host the area’s semi-final in Samcheok, South Korea, and was scheduled by PRVN. Nevertheless, as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, the occasion was modified to a digital competitors with CrossFit taking on the programming.

Of the six qualifiers for the Video games (4 singles, two groups) who got here out of the Asia Invitational final 12 months, solely three competed on the Video games. (Seungyeon Choi, Aleksander Ilin, and CrossFit Al Ain) as a consequence of a mixture of journey restrictions, Visa points, and optimistic exams for banned substances. Choi and Ilin return because the early favorites to return to Madison, WI.

  • Gaming expertise: A complete of three males and 6 girls within the occasion beforehand certified for the Video games as people. Of the 9 athletes who’ve competed on the Video games, six competed on the 2019 Video games as nationwide champions.
  • Within the crew division, 17 groups will combat for the 2 locations within the Video games with three groups that appear to be the favorites. Workforce KT CrossFit Kolesnikov, CrossFit Yas Black and CrossFit Alioth.
  • final possibilities: Roman Khrennikov and Morteza Sedaghat competed in final 12 months’s LCQ and Khrennikov gained and was invited to the Video games, though he didn’t compete in Madison as a consequence of Visa points.


Bye: Seungyeon Choi on this subject is the one athlete who may be thought of a favourite. The 23-year-old has constructed on her 2021 Video games rookie marketing campaign by beginning sturdy in 2022. CrossFit athlete Limelight from South Korea gained the Asia quarterfinals with 5 top-10 finishes.

Final 12 months he positioned second within the Asia Invitational Semifinal to earn his ticket to Madison. This 12 months, together with her new degree of confidence and competing stay in entrance of a neighborhood crowd, these two components will propel her to her second consecutive look on the Video games and firmly cement her as the lady to beat in Asia going ahead. foreseeable.

Video games Expectations: Shahad Budebs competed on the 2019 Video games because the United Arab Emirates nationwide champion. Not like among the different nationwide champions who competed in 2019, Budebs is extremely expert, as evidenced by surviving the “First Minimize” occasion that 12 months and ending in 84th place. He made his second look on the Video games final season, as he was a member of the Al Ain crew that got here second of their final semi-final and positioned thirty fifth.

Budebs has a wealth of stay competitors expertise, having develop into a staple of the Center Japanese competitors circuit, together with competing a number of instances on the Dubai CrossFit Championship. This 12 months she had the very best open results of hers, rating 257th on the earth after which positioned second within the Asia quarterfinals behind Choi.

The 27-year-old is extremely adept at body weight actions and has made nice strides in rising her energy and completed fourth with a complete of 615 kilos within the “Different Complete” through the quarterfinals.

One other athlete who’s favourite to safe one of many two Video games locations is Seher Kaya from Turkey. The 24-year-old took an enormous leap in her health in her third 12 months of energetic CrossFit coaching. She went from No. 462 final 12 months to No. 20 this 12 months worldwide. She was the very best feminine athlete from Asia on the Open.

Within the quarterfinals he got here in third place only one level behind Budebs. He gained two occasions through the stage. Final 12 months she positioned seventh within the Semifinal.

Bubble athletes: Russia’s Svetlana Veselova missed out on qualifying for her first look on the Video games final 12 months, inserting third simply eight factors behind Choi. She gained two occasions and completed within the prime 5 in 5 of the six occasions. She was ranked thirty ninth on the earth and 2nd in Asia at this 12 months’s Open and adopted that up with a fourth-place end within the quarterfinals for the second 12 months in a row.

One other athlete to be careful for is Choi’s teammate and coaching companion, Dawon Jung. Limelight’s fellow athlete additionally took a giant leap in her health this 12 months. She was ranked 196th within the Open and fifth within the quarterfinals.

Wildcard: Japan’s Yuko Sakuyama is a staple of the Asian CrossFit scene. The 35-year-old has competed in 10 Opens and was ranked 69th final 12 months. A veteran of six Regionals, she has come near qualifying for the Video games on many events as she seeks her first invite. The five-time “Fittest Girl in Japan” she ranked second because the nationwide champion in 2019 and final 12 months she ranked fourth within the semifinal.


Shoo-ins: At this level, the trials and tribulations of Khrennikov’s journey to lastly compete within the Video games stay and in particular person have been effectively documented. Thought-about among the finest athletes to ever compete on the Video games in particular person, he does have an look on the Video games, albeit on the on-line stage of the 2020 Video games, the place he positioned thirteenth.

After profitable the Dubai CrossFit Championship in December, he went on to win the Asian quarterfinals, posting top-5 finishes in all 5 occasions. Final 12 months she certified for the Video games by means of the LCQ however was unable to make the journey to Madison as a consequence of points together with her Visa.

These points have been resolved, nonetheless what stays to be seen is whether or not he could have any points returning to america from Korea.

His Russian teammate Ilin has competed on the Video games in particular person twice, in 2019 and 2021. Final 12 months he certified for the Video games by inserting second within the Semifinal. This 12 months he recorded his finest open end of his profession, inserting twenty first. Within the quarterfinals he positioned second and is likely one of the few athletes within the subject to have overwhelmed Khrennikov in competitors.

Video games Expectations: This listing of athletes on this class was affected when two athletes, Denis Samsonov and Hamzeh Tarefi, selected to just accept an invite to compete within the LCQ reasonably than journey to Korea and threat not having the ability to return to america. Regardless, there are different athletes who can push for the 2 Video games locations.

Ant Haynes made a reputation for himself on the 2019 Video games, when as China’s nationwide champion he positioned a formidable twenty seventh. Since then, he has been making an attempt to make a comeback in Madison. A veteran of 5 Regionals, he positioned ninth in final 12 months’s Semifinals and this 12 months he completed fifth within the Quarterfinals.

Bubble athlete: As talked about earlier than, Sedaghat joined Khrennikov as LCQ athletes final 12 months due to his fifth place end within the Semifinal. This 12 months he improved on his place within the quarterfinals with a sixth place end after twenty second place final 12 months. The Iranian had his finest open consequence this 12 months, 161t, due to his lifting prowess. One of many strongest athletes not solely on the sector however in CrossFit, he lifted a complete of 1,056 LBs within the “Different Complete”.

Wildcard: Eren Kim is an athlete to be reckoned with, the South Korean has been following Mayhem’s programming for some time now and might be an athlete who will get the push from the house crowd and results in some prime outcomes. He’s searching for a prime 5 end on the “Barbell Advanced” this weekend, as his energy is taken into account among the finest within the subject.


Favorites: A brand new crew will likely be topped Asian champions and can signify the continent on the Video games. The KT CrossFit Kolesnikov crew was the very best crew to come back out of the quarterfinals. The Russian crew gained three occasions and completed third within the different two practices within the quarterfinals. Comprised of two athletes from final 12 months’s CrossFit Kolesnikov crew that gained the semi-final however selected to not attend the Video games, it edged out CrossFit Yas Black within the quarterfinals by one level.

Yas Black, from Abu Dhabi, is made up of 4 athletes with deep regional and semi-final expertise and representing the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Guatemala.

Alioth’s affiliate is well-known and has appeared within the Video games earlier than. This 12 months’s crew options Video games veteran Mahmood Shalan, who was on the Al Ain Video games crew final 12 months.

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