CrossFit Open brings out the best in South Coast athletes

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

The 2019 CrossFit Open that concluded on Monday saw CrossFit Wild Coast athletes break new ground.

The CrossFit Open is an annual online competition for CrossFit affiliates around the world. The international competition stretches over five weeks, with athletes being challenged with one taxing workout each week.

Over 300 000 athletes test their mettle in the CrossFit Open each year, including the tight-knit collective from Manaba-based CrossFit Wild Coast.

A lot of hard work and sweat went into the five-week war of attrition and saw South Coast athletes dig deep to soar to new heights.

The standout male performers were Sean Flanagan, Wesley Caple and Mitch Anderson, while Sam de Boer, golf pro Melissa Eaton and Leanne Yannikakis were the leading ladies.

The men’s trio all finished in the top 10 in KwaZulu-Natal and while De Boer and Eaton ended among the top 10 ladies in the province.

“The CrossFit Open is a great opportunity to see how our members have improved every year, and man they have improved dramatically!” box owner Anderson told eHowzit.

“We had so many first pull-ups, muscle-ups and athletes who thought they could never do that weight. Most impressive was our masters athletes, who proved age is just a number. They participated alongside us and gave the youngsters a run for their money.”

Anderson said the guts and performances of the athletes left him in awe.

“It was the greatest show of sportsmanship I have ever seen! So much genuine support and camaraderie shown throughout the gruelling workouts.

“All in all, it was a huge success for our box as we watched our community grow and go from strength to strength. It really is amazing to be in an environment where everyone wants everyone to succeed.”

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