After nine scored events the 2021 Dubai CrossFit Championship crowned its two new champions on Saturday, December 18.
Three days of competition wrapped up with Laura Horvath and Roman Khrennikov on top of the leaderboard.
Khrennikov secured himself three event wins and finished every workout of the weekend within the top 5, while Horvath also took an event win and stayed consistently within the top 5 with the exception of Event 6 – Part B.
The Dubai CrossFit Championship is a CrossFit-licenced competition renowned for featuring some of the biggest prize purse as well as top names in the sport. Its 2021 edition was an invite-only event with 20 top men and 20 top women going head-to-head.
- 2021 Dubai CrossFit Championship Results
- Notable performances and events from the Dubai CrossFit Championship
- Dubai CrossFit Championship Daily Recaps
2021 Dubai CrossFit Championship Results
The leaderboard after three days of competition shaped up as follows:
- Laura Horvath (783)
- Kristin Holte (750)
- Gabriela Migała (723)
- Samantha Briggs (706)
- Jacqueline Dahlstrøm (704)
- Andrea Nisler (691)
- Sara Sigmundsdottir (690)
- Emily Rolfe (665)
- Emma Lawson (653)
- Thuri Helgadottir (618)
- Roman Khrennikov (845)
- Lazar Đukić (753)
- Ricky Garard (744)
- Jeffrey Adler (705)
- Willy Georges (653)
- Henrik Haapalainen (647)
- Giorgos Karavis (640)
- Elliot Simmonds (636)
- Luka Đukić (617)
- Simon Mäntylä (609)
You can find the full leaderboard here.
Notable performances and events from the Dubai CrossFit Championship
Kristin Holte’s last individual competition
Kristin Holte announced she would retire from the CrossFit Games after coming 4th in the big event this year. Since then, she’s competed in smaller events (and won them) and made her final appearance as an individual athlete at Dubai.
She showcased, for a final time, the incredible athlete she is and finished the weekend in second place.
Sam Briggs continues to shine by taking 4th
Despite being the oldest athlete in the field, Sam Briggs was incredibly close to a podium position this weekend.
The 39-year-old did win the competition in 2018 and finished 3rd in 2019 but with a filed featuring athletes aged 16 (Emma Lawson) and 17 (Emma Cary), the Engine’s performance is just the more impressive.
Ricky Garard makes a comeback
After winning the two opening events at the Dubai CrossFit Championship, Garard stayed in contention for a podium spot throughout the competition and snatched third.
The Dubai CrossFit Championship was the first elite event the Australian athlete competed at after serving a four-year doping ban.
“This competition was a great ice breaker for me, I learnt allot & I got plenty of reminders about competing,” Garard wrote on Instagram.
Sara Sigmundsdottir and Willy Georges come back from injury
After an ACL tear and a shoulder surgery respectively, both athletes made a comeback to competition last week and finished within the top 10.
Georges finished 5th with seven event finishes within the top 10, and Sigmundsdottir finished 7th (one point away from 6th place Andrea Nisler) with seven finishes within the top 10 as well.
She said she was “happy too face my fear and proving that I can trust my body and that my body can trust me.”
Teenage powerhouse Emma Cary withdraws
17-year-old Emma Cary withdrew from the competition after a “back injury in event 3,” which included rowing, A-jumps with weight vest, 100 lb sandbag cleans, bar muscle-ups, and paralette handstand push-ups.
“It was the absolute hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” she wrote. “Big things coming for me and I WILL be 100% when it matters most.”
By withdrawing she forfeited any prize money she could have won. Cary earnt the respect of the world by finishing 2nd in the 2021 worldwide CrossFit Open.