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CrossFit Updates Semifinals Seeding; Tia-Clair Toomey Moved to In-Person Event in USA

CrossFit has updated the seeding process and moved four athletes from their previous events including Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr.

Less than a week after revealing the seeding for all Semifinals events, CrossFit Inc. has updated the participation list and changed the final roster for some events. Among the athletes impacted by the change is reigning CrossFit Games champion Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr, who will compete in an live event in the United States.

Compared to the previous announcement made by CrossFit, four athletes have had their Semifinals events updated and will now compete in live tournaments.

  • Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr – moved from CrossFit Atlas Games (North America) to Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (North America)
  • Emma Chapman – moved from CrossFit Atlas Games (North America) to Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (North America)
  • Carla Henriet – moved from CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town (Africa) to Granite Games (North America)
  • Christina Livaditakis – moved from CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town (Africa) to Torian Pro (Oceania)

Note: athletes Ley Keyrouz (Africa) and Tafadzwa Mushandu (Africa) will not compete in their original continental region, but have not changed events from the previous announcement. Keyrouz will compete in the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown (Europe), and Mushandu will participate in the CrossFit Atlas Games (North America) – both events are online.

semifinals seedingSource: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

According to the press release, spots opened up at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge, Granite Games, and Torian Pro (all in-person Semifinal events), and “CrossFit has offered several of the athletes who could not travel to their continent-based event the opportunity to compete at a nearby live event.”

In a video posted on May 3, a day before CrossFit’s announcement, Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr and her husband/coach Shane Orr revealed thoughts on the seeding process and their preference to compete live. “We laid out our concerns and then this is the result which they have given, did an online event. Certainly, Tia and I would rather do an in-person event,” Shane said.

As before, any event that has an athlete from another continent region competing will get four spots at the Last-Chance Qualifier instead of the original three, but no additional qualifying spots will be added to the Games.

Which athletes will qualify for the Last-Chance Qualifier?

EventLast-Chance Qualifiers Position
Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge6th to 9th place6th to 8th place
Torian Pro4th to 7th place4th to 6th place
Granite Games6th to 9th place6th to 8th place
CrossFit Fittest in Capetown2nd to 4th place2nd to 4th place
CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown6th to 9th place6th to 8th place
Brazil CrossFit Championship3rd to 5th place3rd to 5th place
CrossFit German Throwdown6th to 8th place6th to 8th place
West Coast Classic6th to 8th place6th to 8th place
CrossFit Atlas Games6th to 8th place6th to 9th place
CrossFit Asia Invitational3rd to 5th place3rd to 5th place
Bold fields represent changes

The Last-Chance Qualifier, which takes place in the week of June 28, happens a week after the Semifinals. At the conclusion of this event, the top two men and two women will advance to the CrossFit Games.

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