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Ben Smith and Kara Webb wins CrossFit Open Workout 16.2

Kara Webb and Ben Smith wins the CrossFit Open Workout 16.2 (CrossFit.com)
Kara Webb and Ben Smith wins the CrossFit Open Workout 16.2 (CrossFit.com)

Reigning Fittest Man on Earth Ben Smith and four-time Games competitor Kara Webb have set the world’s best scores on Open Workout 16.2.

Athletes were given 4 minutes to finish 25 toes-to-bars, 50 double-unders and 15 squat cleans (135 / 85 lb.). If an athlete could complete that work in less than 4 minutes, the athlete could advance to the next round where the squat reps decreased (minus 2) and the weights increased.

Across the 5 rounds, the men’s weights climbed from 135 lb. to 315 lb. (135-185-225-275-315 lb.), while women ascended from 85 lb. to 205 lb. (85-115-145-175-205 lb.).

Ben Smith breaks the leaderboard with this workout on the 16.2.

Tiebreak times were recorded at the end of each set of double-unders with the exception that athletes who finished the entire workout recorded the time when they completed their final squat clean.

The world’s fittest athletes finished all 5 rounds (430 reps). The livestream audience watched as Dan Bailey appeared to achieve that monumental feat from a garage near Asheville, North Carolina, and over the next four days, 33 men and 57 women in the Individual Division got through all 430 reps within the 20-minute time cap. (Due to a judging error, Bailey missed 1 rep at 275 lb.).

Watch how Kara Webb aces the 16.2 Workout in this video:

Webb did it the fastest, completing the final 205-lb. squat clean at 15:07. Webb has competed at the Games every year since 2012 and has been a strong contender for the title for the last two years. This is her first Open workout win after several close calls (eight top-10 worldwide finishes including second place on 14.4, 15.2 and 15.3). She also set herself apart by posting her score three days ago.

Ben Smith had 3 minutes and 6 seconds to spare when he stood up with the final 315-lb. squat clean, clocking in at 16:54. Two-time silver medalist Mat Fraser (430 reps, 17:30) held first on the Leaderboard until 5 p.m. PT, when scores laying in wait appeared. Four-time champion Rich Froning and reigning champ Smith had set aside their potentially workout-winning times of 17:00 and 16:54. Smith’s edged out Froning’s by 6 seconds.

Webb and Smith will each be awarded $2,016 for their Open Workout 16.2 wins.

Here’s an excerpt of the leaderboard across various categories:

CrossFit Open Workout 16.2  leaderboard. (CrossFit.com)
CrossFit Open Workout 16.2 leaderboard. (CrossFit.com)

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