The 2017 Open Games closure WoD consisted of 10 rounds for time of 9 thrusters and 35 double-unders, with a reasonable bar weight that made one think that it could be easy enough to make it in a short period of time. These optimists immediately realized that lowering a 10-miute score was only doable for athletes with big and strong hearts.
What seemed in the beginning to be a workout focused on the precise execution of 9 thrusters, was soon revealed as a con WoD, in which it was the innocent 35 doble-unders that required the most accuracy. Since, while doing them fast and unbroken, the cardio optimizations and strength were the key to execute the thrusters in the most manageable way… especially from the seventh round.
A “simple and achievable” WoD raises the Rx’d participant percentage
Once again, some athletes dropped out and this WoD registered a 71.4% of participation, losing 5 points from the previous one. 276,657 brave athletes congregated for the grand finale.
The optimism regarding the WoD’s apparent ease is reflected in the high percentage of athletes that chose the Rx’D workout type; 58% for women and 76% for men. It is the second WoD with the high Rx’d percentage, only surpassed by 17.4.
A WoD for young spirits and bodies
On the official CrossFit channel, they indicated that, on 17.5, what made the difference to achieve the lower times were athletes’ agility; transition’s speed, and above all, the power to set the maximum speed.
As far as our analysis concerns, none of the three variables, weight, age, or height, represented an actual hurdle. Despite that, focusing on Rx’d, it is obvious that age was a key factor, especially on the men’s side, where young athletes got better results. This was even more prominent in the Individuals division. The importance of age is also noted in female athletes, though with less noticeable differences.
On scaled workout type, lighter athletes, both men and women, got the best times. Age is also a constraint factor for female athletes.
To help read the shown charts, it is necessary to explain that red bars indicate a negative impact on the athletes result (they complete the workout in more time or more repetitions) and the greater the bar on the left, the more negative impact; while green bars indicate a positive contribution to the result (so, they complete it faster or with less repetitions), and the greater the bar on the right, the more positive impact.
With East Canada’s permission, US regions got the best results in Rx’d and Europe got the Scaled one
In men Rx’d workout type, a four-region group tied in the first position. These are East Canada and US regions: North Central, North West, and Southern California. In women category, US North East region won closely followed by East Canada, and a new four-region block tied in the third position: West Canada and the US Regions from Mid Atlantic, and Northern and Southern California.
However, once again in the Scaled workout type, Europe athletes achieve the best times, either on men and women, especially hers way ahead of the usual best-placed regions, such as, North Central and North East in US, and East and West Canada.
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