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Top Athletes to Watch at CrossFit Strength in Depth

CrossFit Strength in Depth will return to London this weekend, welcoming Elite individuals, Elite teams and six Master categories to the competition.

The best Elite male, female and team will receive an invitation to the CrossFit Games (unless they’ve already qualified through the Open, then the invite will be backfilled to the next non-qualified athlete).

Strength in Depth is the sixth Sanctional of the season and the stakes are high as athletes look for a chance to punch a ticket to Madison through the event.

We’ve rounded up a few big names to watch out for this weekend.

FEMALE FIELD:

  • Steph Chung – Her third appearance at a Sanctional this season, Steph has been travelling far and often looking for her ticket to the 2020 Games, and she’s come very close. In Ireland at the Filthy 150, she finished joint 6th with Emelie Lundberg. Steph took 6th again at the Mayhem Classic only two weeks ago.
  • Gabriela Migala – The five-time Polish National Champion is an up and coming athlete in the European region and a force to be beckoned. She comes in hot off a career best 17th place worldwide in the 2020 Open and a 4th place at the Dubai CrossFit Championship. Gabriela, who’s 21-years-old, is no stranger to top level competition, having taken 3rd place in the Teen 16-17 division at the 2016 CrossFit Games.
  • Haley Adams – This will be Haley’s second time at Strength in Depth. The young athlete had a stellar year in 2019, being named Rookie of the Year at the CrossFit Games after an impressive 6th place finish. Haley has won the 16-17 Teenage division at the Games and finished 2nd in two occasions.
  • Laura Horvath – A previous CrossFit Games podium finisher, Laura finished the 2020 Open in 10th place. At 22-years-old, she has been Hungary’s National Champion five years running. Laura took silver at the 2018 CrossFit Games and is certainly an athlete to watch out for this weekend.
  • Camilla Salomonsson Hellman – The Swedish athlete has been in the game for quite some time. She has competed at Regionals every year since 2011 and qualified to the CrossFit Games three times, twice as an individual and once as part of CrossFit Nordic. She has once again been crowned Fittest in Sweden and had a career best Open finish to date, ranking 13th worldwide.
  • Paige Powers – The 16-year-old athlete could surprise the field this weekend. Paige has finished 3rd twice at the 2019 and 2018 CrossFit Games Teen divisions and is a fearless competitor. While she’s still in the Teen division, Page finished the worldwide Open within the top 150 women.

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MALE FIELD:

  • Mat Fraser – Mat holds one of the most striking resumes in competitive CrossFit and is an impressive competitor to say the least. He’s earnt the title of Fittest Man on Earth at the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 CrossFit Games. He’s been on the CrossFit Games podium for the past six years and holds the joint record for most Games wins alongside Rich Froning.
  • Lukas Hogberg  – Five-times CrossFit Games athlete, Lucas decided not to compete in the 2020 Open to rest and refocus on the new season. A Swedish National Champion for five years and 2018 CrossFit Games bronze medallist, Lukas is now focused solely on the Sanctionals season to make it back to the Games and you can be sure he’ll put on a fight.
  • Will Moorad – The current 10th Fittest Man on Earth is looking for a ticket back to the CrossFit Games. After withdrawing from the Mayhem Classic due to injury, Will is sure to give it his all in London. Will has two years of Games experience, has competed in Regionals four times and won the Brazil CrossFit Championship last season.
  •  Zack George – The UK’s National Champion is sure to have the home crowd behind him. Zack finished 26th worldwide in the 2020 Open and has earnt his invitation to the 2020 Games. Strength in Depth will be his second Sanctional this season, as he competed in Dubai last month, where he finished 14th.
  • Bronislaw Olenkowicz – The Sanctional’s reigning champion is going back to London to defend his title. His performance was impressive last year, and he’s looking for that Games ticket, so expect him to compete fiercely this weekend. Bronislaw finished 42nd at the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Roman Khrennikov was set to compete at the Sanctional too, however he announced during New Year he would not take part in the Sanctional.

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