This weekend there are two more CrossFit Semifinals taking place. Find out how to watch the Far East Throwdown.
The Far East Throwdown is the only CrossFit Semifinal that combines the fittest athletes from Asia. According to the rulebook, only the top 2 men, women and teams will receive an invitation to the Games. Individuals placed 3rd, 4th and 5th will go through to the Last-Chance Qualifier.
Below you will find out how to watch the Far East Throwdown, the athletes competing individually, who to watch and the workouts programmed.
LIVESTREAM – How To Watch the Far East Throwdown
Who Is Competing at the Far East Throwdown CrossFit Semifinal?
|Min Sun Kim||South Korea|
|Raad Alshahrani||Saudi Arabia|
|Seungjong Kim||South Korea|
|Eren Kim||South Korea|
|Hyunsu Kim||South Korea|
|Geunjin Kim||South Korea|
|Marcus Kwak||South Korea|
|Seokbeom Kim||South Korea|
|Hyerin Baek||South Korea|
|Byun Eunche||South Korea|
|Nina Juna||Brunei Darussalam|
|Minjeong Kim||South Korea|
|Seungyeon Choi||South Korea|
|Gaeun Kim||South Korea|
|Dawon Jung||South Korea|
|Shahad Budebs||United Arab Emirates|
|Dara Al-Kayyali||Palestinian Territory|
- Yangsan CrossFit Team Thor
- CrossFit Mobilius Chinatown Emotional Damage
- CrossFit Alioth Heroes
- Soyuz CrossFit Terfit
- CrossFit Mate Korea
- KT CrossFit Kolesnikov Team
- CrossFit Alioth
- CrossFit Beomgye Stadion Team Koco
- L7CrossFit Ba Ke Si Formosa
- CrossFit We Can Do It Busan
- CrossFit Mobilius Chinatown Sour Patch Kids
- MVMT CrossFit
- CrossFit Arcade
- Gan CrossFit Mongolia
- CrossFit Yas Black
- CrossFit Atlantis WOD Friends
- CrossFit Erada Team Qatar
Who To Watch At The Far East Throwdown
With only the top 2 spots receiving an invitation to the CrossFit Games this year, the competition is going to be a struggle for the athletes.
However, two names jump to mind in the men’s division: Roman Khrennikov and Aleksandar Ilin.
Roman Krennikov is one of the strongest athletes from Asia to step foot on a CrossFit competition floor. So far, this Russian powerhouse has qualified for the CrossFit Games 4 times (2018-2021) but has never managed to enter the country due to visa issues (he finished 13th in 2020 because the biggest part of the competition was online).
This year it could be different, as he received his visa to enter the United States and could make his debut in an in-person CrossFit Games for the first time. Last year Khrennikov won the Dubai CrossFit Championship, the Madrid CrossFit Championship and finished 1st at the Last Chance Qualifier.
Aleksandar Ilin is another famous CrossFit athlete from Russia. He won 3 out of 5 workouts at the Asia Invitational last year, granting him the chance to compete in the CrossFit Games too (which he couldn’t due to visa issues). He finished 2nd in the Quarterfinals this year, behind Khrennikov.
Two dark horses could snatch one of the two invitations to the Games this year. Morteya Sedaghat is Iran’s Fittest Man and has been training as a Mayhem athlete for this year. One of the strongest Chinese athletes who should be on your radar is Antony (Ant) Haynes. He finished 27th at the CrossFit Games in 2019.
For the women’s division, there seems to be a common ground on who should come out on top of the podium, but the 2nd Games invitation is where the battle is for athletes.
Seungyeon Choi, the 23-year-old athlete who made her CrossFit Games debut last year, is a strong contender for 1st place. She has been crowned South Korea’s Fittest Woman last year and finished strong at 2021’s Asia Invitational. Choi finished 45th worldwide in the Quarterfinals this year.
Other athletes who will be battling for an invitation to the Games this year are Seher Kaya, Dawon Jung, and Shahad Budebs.
Shahad Budebs is from the United Arab Emirates and finished 2nd at the Individual Quarterfinal this year in the Asia region. She competed at the Games in 2019 when she became the country’s National Champion.
Turkish CrossFit athlete Seher Kaya has been competing since 2020 but has already proven to be someone to watch during competitions. This year she finished 20th at the Open and 116th worldwide in the individual Quarterfinals. Last year she finished 7th at the Asia Invitational.
Dawon Jung is another South Korean athlete who wants to make her mark in the sport. Although she has never competed at the Games level, she is getting fitter each passing year. This year she finished 196th worldwide at the Open and 155th at the Quarterfinals (5th in the Asia region).
Far East Throwdown Workouts
Event 1 – Crossing the Gwang-an Bridge
3 rounds for time:
- 18/15 cal row
- 9 muscle-ups
- 12 hang snatches (135/95 lb)
Time cap: 12 minutes
Event 2 – Barbell Complex
3 attempts for max load of:
- 3 cleans
- 2 front squats
- 1 jerk (shoulder-to-overhead)
Time cap: 20 minutes
Event 3 – 2014 Regional Event 5
10 rounds for time:
- 1 legless rope climb (15’’)
- Run (170ft)
Time cap: 11 minutes
Event 4 – Short or Long
- 200 double-unders
- 100-ft handstand walk
- 5 snatches (185/125 lb)
- 4 snatches (205/135 lb)
- 3 snatches (225/155 lb)
- 2 snatches (245/155lb)
- 1 snatch (265/165lb)
Time cap: 12 minutes
Event 5 – Far East Chipper
- 40 handstand push-ups
- 40 wall-ball shots (20/14 lb)
- 40 dumbbell snatches (70/50 lb)
- Run 1,200 metres
- 40 GHD sit-ups
- 40 toes-to-bars
- 40 box jump overs (24/20 inches)
Time cap: 20 minutes
Event 6 – Triple Dumbbell Bomb
- 50 double dumbbell deadlifts
- 100-ft double dumbbell walking lunges
- 150-ft farmer’s carry
(M: 100 / W: 70 lb)
Time cap: 9 minutes
Check out the videos of how to perform all workouts here.
Event 1 – Hello, Hello, Hello
- 30 Hang Power Snatches 75lb
- 30 Chest to Bar Pull-Ups
- 20 Power Snatches 155lb
- 20 Bar Muscle-Ups
- 10 Synchro Squat Snatches 185 / 125lb
- 10 Synchro Ring Muscle-Ups
Time Cap: 12 minutes
Event 2 – Team Short or Long
For Time :
- 100 Double-Unders
- 50ft Handstand Walk
- 1/1/1/1/1 Clean and Jerk
*F: 125 / 145 / 165 / 175 / 185lb
*M: 205 / 225 / 245 / 265 / 285lb
**2A. (F1 → F2) 00:00 ~ 09:00
**2B. (M1 → M2) 09:00 ~ 18:00
Time Cap: 18 minutes
Event 3 – Thrusters + Legless Rope Climbs
For Time, starting with female pair:
- 40 Thrusters (95lb)
- 6 Legless Rope Climbs
- 30 Thrusters (95lb)
- 4 Legless Rope Climbs
- 20 Thrusters (95lb)
- 2 Legless Rope Climbs
Immediately followed by the male pair (thrusters at 135lb).
Time Cap: 20 minutes
Event 4 – Team Snatch Ladder
For Heaviest Successful Lift
(Weight in lb.)
- M: 185/195/205/215/225/235/245/255/265/275 (11th platform staged at 285)
- F: 135/140/145/150/155/160/165/170/175/180 (11th platform staged at 185)
(Weight in kilograms)
- M: 84/88/93/98/102/107/111/115/120/124 (11th platform staged at 129)
- F: 61/63/65/68/70/72/75/77/79/81 (11th platform staged at 84
Time: 22 minutes
Event 5 – Team Far East Chipper
For Time :
- 50 Handstand Push-Ups W/ Handstand Hold
- 50 Synchro Wall-Ball Shots 20/14lb
- Run 400m (A) / Row 500m (B)
- 50 GHD Sit-Ups W/ Hanging Hold
- 50 Synchro Toes to Bars
- Row 500m (A) / Run 400m (B)
* Relay FF → MM
Time Cap: 22 minutes
Event 6 – Worm V
For Time :
- 50-ft Worm Lunges
- 40 Worm Cleans
- 30 Worm Synchro Burpees
- 40 Worm Thrusters
- 50-ft Worm Lunge
Time Cap: 12 minutes
CrossFit Semifinals Dates
There are 10 Semifinals events spread worldwide. Four in North America, two in Europe, and one in Africa, South America, Oceania and Asia. Unlike last year, this time all Semifinals are in-person.
Here are the details for the 2022 Semifinals:
|May 20-22||Syndicate Crown||Tennessee (U.S.)|
|May 20-22||CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown||Amsterdam (Netherlands)|
|May 20-22||Torian Pro||Brisbane (Australia)|
|May 27-29||Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge||Tennessee (U.S.)|
|May 27-29||CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town||Stellenbosch (South Africa)|
|June 3-5||Far East Throwdown||Busan (South Korea)|
|June 3-5||Granite Games||Minnesota (U.S.)|
|June 10-12||CrossFit Atlas Games||Québec (Canada)|
|June 10-12||CrossFit Strength in Depth||England (U.K.)|
|June 10-12||CrossFit Copa Sur||Vitória (Brazil)|
The Last-Chance Qualifier is an online competition that takes place from June 29th to July 1st.
The Games will take place on August 3-7 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States.
Check out the results of past Semifinal events and who already qualified for the Games this year.