The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Men's Individual Event 2
The full report from the first male event of the day.
The men’s side of the Hell-In/overhead workout saw a shuffling of the deck, and several competitors who struggled on the first workout redeemed themselves on the track.
Garth Prouse, who was dead last after Event 1 struggles with muscle-ups, ripped through Heat 1 with track work that looked almost effortless. Blair Morrison, the Europe Regional champ, was second.
Tommy Hackenbruck’s top Heat 2 time (18:07) was under assault in Heat 3, which was a fight between Chris Spealler, Peter Egyed and Graham Holmberg. All three were in the lead at various times, but it was Holmberg who crossed the line shortly before Spealler.
Pat Burke was the early Heat 1 leader and tried to set the pace.
“Let’s get in front and make them follow me. Fuck with their head,” Burke said of his strategy. “I knew I wouldn’t hold it against Spealler.”
Holmberg was first with 16:59, Spealler was second in 17:02, and Peter Egyed took third with 17:34.
When the strength portion of Event 2 came up right after the athletes finished Part 1, big Jerome Perryman hoisted a bad-ass 275 lb. early via a snatch-grip jerk from behind the head.
“I can get more weight that way. My first questions was, ‘What kind of grip can you use?’”
Perryman said he should have gone heavier but didn’t have a lot of time. Nevertheless, 275 put him in a tie for fourth in Event 2b when all was said and done. Matt Chan, Chad Mackay and Jeremy Christofferson also nailed 275. Holmberg lifted 285 for third, while Ben Smith took second with 295. D.J. Wickham had a rough time in Event 2a but thrilled the crowd by getting under 325 after failing to finish the previous event.
Rich Froning Jr. lifted 245 and was disappointed.
“The jerk was so damn busy,” he said. “I just couldn’t get my balance. … When I first saw it I thought, ‘I’ll go for 205 first and that would be my solid lift.’ When I got up there I thought, ‘I should just get 135.’”
He sat in a multi-way tie for 13th.
Current results after two events:
Top 5 Men
1. Graham Holmberg
2. Matt Chan
3. Rich Froning Jr.
4. Chris Spealler
5. Mikko Salo