Khan Porter announced 2023 will be his last season competing as an individual. The 7x CrossFit Games athlete said he will go all in “before I hang up the boots.”
Khan Porter participated in this weekend’s Dubai Fitness Championship. After event 5, he withdrew from the competition after having issues holding the dumbbells in the front rack. The 33-year-old athlete wrote he was “getting older” and, explaining his decision to withdraw, shared the news that 2023 will be his last time competing as an individual CrossFit athlete.
Khan Porter to “Hang Up The Boots”
The Aussie athlete said his DFC’s goal was to see how fit he was competing with some of the best CrossFit athletes in the world as an individual. This year, he was part of Annie Thorisdottir’s team who finished 4th at the Games. For the next season, he decided to go individual again one last time.
“Though I’ve had a degree of success over my time competing in CrossFit, I’ve never gone “all in” in the way I did with the team this year in Iceland. Regardless of the outcome, I want to do that just once as an individual before I hang up the boots so whilst I’m disappointed RN, I’m also wildly excited for what’s to come.”
Khan Porter said he is going back to Iceland to train with his crew to make “2023 my best year ever.”
For the official CrossFit season, these are Khan Porter’s stats when he made it through the Games:
Last year, Khan Porter competed individually and finished short of securing a place in Madison (6th at the Torian Pro). He went on to the Last-Chance Qualifier and ranked 5th, three spots away from going to the CrossFit Games that year.
Khan Porter Retirement Announcement
Khan Porter posted a video of his ladder event at the Dubai Fitness Championship, explaining how he normally would have let go of the bar, but he fought through and paid the price of withdrawing the following day.
This is everything he wrote about this moment and how he came to the realisation that he wants to compete one last time in the official CrossFit season as an individual.
This clean was one the coolest moments I’ve ever had in a competition.
It was a fight.
In training, if the bar started to slide off my left shoulder like it did here, I would have dropped it immediately.
But in the heat of the moment, on the competition floor, I made a choice to fight for it and paid for that the next day.
I’m extremely lucky to have @jamitikkanen in my corner. After some issues holding the dumbbells in the front rack on event 5, I spoke with him on the phone and we decided to withdraw.
I felt like I could have completed events 6 and 8 in some capacity (there’s no chance I would have been able to do 7) however the risk of doing further damage just wasn’t worth it.
I’m getting older. Coming into this weekend my main goal was to see where I was at, how I felt competing individually and make a decision on my plans for 2023 onwards.
I took a lot away from being back amongst some of the best in the world and LOVED being back out there.
So, 2023 I will be returning to individual competition. One last time.
And I plan on going out with a bang.
I will be going back to Iceland to train with the training plan crew and going ALL IN on making 2023 my best year ever.
Though I’ve had a degree of success over my time competing in CrossFit, I’ve never gone “all in” in the way I did with the team this year in Iceland. Regardless of the outcome, I want to do that just once as an individual before I hang up the boots so whilst I’m disappointed RN, I’m also wildly excited for what’s to come.
Thanks to the @dxbfitnesschamp for a very enjoyable event. And congrats to all the athletes who took part and stood on the podium.
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