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North America East and Africa: Who Goes to the CrossFit Games and Surprises of the Weekend

25 athletes punched their way to Madison this weekend.

The first weekend of the CrossFit Semifinals is done and a total of 25 athletes will receive their invitation to compete at the 2023 CrossFit Games in Madison. Some old familiar faces made it through, but there were a couple of surprises along the way.

The weekend was packed with adrenaline with athletes competing out of North America East and Africa for their invitation to the CrossFit Games in August. North America East started a day earlier than the Rebel Renegade Games.

Here is how it all went down after 7 workouts.

Did you miss out on the action? See the livestreams from North America East and the Africa CrossFit Semifinals here.

North America East

Who Qualified to the CrossFit Games?

As we mentioned earlier, Semifinals will have different Games-qualifying spots depending on the strength-of-field. The North America East is one that provides the most invitations.

  • Top 11 women will be invited to the Games
  • Top 12 men will be invited to the Games


  1. Emma Cary – 607 points
  2. Danielle Brandon – 601
  3. Amanda Barnhart – 577
  4. Emma Lawson – 575
  5. Alexis Raptis – 564
  6. Pauge Powers – 557
  7. Sydney Wells – 409
  8. Feeroozeh Saghafi – 398
  9. Shelby Neal – 397
  10. Caroline Stanley – 395
  11. Paige Semenza – 386

Full leaderboard here.

Source: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Emma Cary


  1. Jeffrey Adler – 613 points
  2. Jayson Hopper – 598
  3. Dallin Pepper – 586
  4. Roman Khrennikov – 575
  5. Samuel Cournoyer – 538
  6. Will Moorad – 535
  7. Noah Ohlsen – 521
  8. Luke Parker – 513
  9. Alex Vigneault – 507
  10. Jack Farlow – 477
  11. James Sprague – 460
  12. Spencer Panchik – 439

Full leaderboard here.

Source: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Jeff Adler


Unlike individual athletes, teams competing out of Semifinals did not see a difference in their Games-qualifying spot compared to last year. The top 10 teams were awarded an invitation to Madison after the weekend.

  1. CrossFit East Nashville – 573 points
  2. CrossFit Move Fast Lift Heavy 247 – 549
  3. AB CrossFit Mayhem – 513
  4. CrossFit Mayhem Independence – 489
  5. CrossFit Krypton – 486
  6. CrossFit CLT the Grit Haus – 486
  7. CrossFit OBA – 471
  8. TTT CrossFit Black – 450
  9. CrossFit PSC Invasion – 450
  10. CrossFit Milford Team Conquer – 402

Rebel Renegade Games – Africa

Who Qualified to the CrossFit Games?

Just like last year, in 2023 only one spot was awarded to the athletes from the African continent to go to Madison this year.


  1. Michelle Basnett – 613 points

The other athletes who finished on the podium were Mariska Smit (596 points) and Gilmari Reyneke (580 points).


  1. Jason Smith – 596 points

The other athletes who comprised the podium were Conrad Winnertz (500 points) and Ruan Potgieter (497 points).


  1. CrossFit FBDV Mayhem Africa – 580 points

The other teams finishing on the podium were Cape CrossFit Wolfpack (555 points) and CrossFit 10 Star Hybrids (530 points).

Notable Names Not Going to the Games

Although it was a weekend for all these athletes to celebrate, there were a couple of elite-level and past Games-athlete who did not make the cut after a few days of competition.

In the North America East, the most notable is that Brooke Wells finished well below what was predicted. The 8x Games athlete finished 14th this weekend but showed happiness for her twin sister Sydney Wells for punching her first ticket to Madison in her career.

Anikha Greer, another athlete we predicted to be a dark horse going into the race that didn’t make the cut. One surprise that also didn’t pass the cut line was 3x Games athlete Carolyne Prevost (she finished 15th).

There were a couple of names on the men’s side that didn’t make it that we thought were sure to go through. Most notable was Saxon Panchik who withdrew from competition after the third workout – he did not specify the conditions as of this writing.

Tyler Christophel went to the Games on 3 occasions (twice in a team), but also failed to make the cut this time.

One last person who got a lot of attention this weekend for not making the cut was Alexandre Caron. The 5x Games athlete from Canada was pulled from the competition under weird situations as he did not put too much effort into workout 2 and HQ pulled him out of the tournament.

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In the Rebel Renegade Games, all eyes were on the battle between veteran Jason Smith and last year’s winner Kealan Henry. While Smith got his way to the top, Henry pulled out before the last workout due to “a week of food intoxication and other factors.”

This weekend there is more action with athletes competing at Semifinals in North America West, South America and Oceania.

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