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Lukas Esslinger Wins The Rowing Marathon at The CrossFit Games

Lukas Esslinger took an early lead and maintained his consistency throughout the entire event. 

He finished the Row 42,195 metre rowing marathon in 2 hrs 23 minutes. 

“My plan was to start and stay competitive with the others, I rowed a 1:56 pace and it felt good so I just stuck to it. I kept a long stride, and made sure to lean back to use my weight to accelerate the fly wheel.”

Mat Fraser hobbled off after completing the row, as did Brent Fikowski, showing just how painful this event must have been.

“During the late stages, the boys were cutting deals. Esslinger and Lukas Högberg were out of reach, so the three-four-five spots were up for grabs among @ColeSager, @Fikowski and @pvellner.

Their monitors displayed more info than the screens the crowd could see, so Fikowski started chatting with Vellner, right beside him, about positions.

“Are you going to gun for me?” Vellner said Fikwoski asked.

“Honestly, I don’t care. … I don’t want to race you,” Vellner replied.

Fikowski shouted over at Sager, a few spots away, to confirm the plan.

In the back of Vellner’s mind was Roy Gamboa, who was out of yelling distance and couldn’t get in on the plan.

Vellner informer Fikowski that he might have to hold off a charge. –
“If (Roy) kicks on me, I’ll let you know. That’s the best I can do.”

Gamboa didn’t, so Sager took third, Fikowski took fourth and Vellner took fifth—like in the plan. –

Games Director @thrDaveCastro said this would be the toughest day in Games history, with four challenging events. Ben Smith, a 10-times Games athlete had to tip his cap to Castro. -“I’ll give it to him.”



Text from CrossFit Inc

“Every event will be worth up to 100 points, and athletes earn points based on their finish (see chart). At the end of the weekend, the athlete with the most points is the winner. Athletes who tie receive the same number of points. If athletes fail to complete an event within the time cap (for timed events), their score will be capped, and they will receive a 1-second penalty for each rep not completed.

Some events will have a minimum work requirement. For those events, athletes who fail to meet the minimum work requirement will not be eligible to move on to the next event. Athletes must continue to work to complete all the repetitions until the time cap expires.”

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