Armen Hammer, CrossFit content creator, released an earnest video reacting to the latest leaderboard changes following last weekend’s online Semifinals, the German Throwdown, Lowlands Throwdown and Brazil CrossFit Championship.
After closing score submissions for the last two workouts on Sunday, June 13 at 12pm PT, CrossFit reviewed all videos and, on June 14, congratulated athletes on their CrossFit Games qualification both on their website (now updated) and social media.
Three days later, on June 17, further scoring adjustments were announced which shuck the German Throwdown leaderboard and meant that Swedish athlete Emma Tall received a penalty that knocked her out 5th place (a CrossFit Games qualifying spot), and jumped 6th place Sam Briggs up.
“Wtf is going on over there at HQ? How do you mess this up?” Hammer wrote on Instagram. “This level of incompetence is embarrassing for CrossFit, it’s shitty for the athletes, and it undermines this whole thing.”
The social media post was followed by a 7-minute video analysing the situation.
“Here we are again folks, completely and utterly unsurprised yet disappointed in CrossFit for just dripping the ball on quite literally their job,” Hammer says at the start of the video.
He goes on to explain and give context to what happened during the online Semifinals of this past weekend.
Emma Tall received a 20-second penalty for “receiving assistance with equipment” during Event 6 after “secondary review” of the workout video submissions.
Hammer published the video before CrossFit released its Scoring Adjustments announcement.
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- emma tall: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.