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Josh Bridges and Julie Abildgaard wins CrossFit Open Workout 16.4

Josh Bridges and Julie Abildgaard win the CrossFit Open Workout 16.4 (
Josh Bridges and Julie Abildgaard win the CrossFit Open Workout 16.4 (

Josh Bridges and Julie Abildgaard have set the world’s top scores on Open Workout 16.4, the 13-minute AMRAP of 55 deadlifts (225 lb./155 lb.), 55 wall-ball shots, a 55-calorie row, and 55 handstand push-ups.

The world’s elite were able to complete one full round (220 reps), and get started on the second. Sara Sigmundsdottir set the score to beat at Schriever Air Force Base last Thursday night, finishing her 54th deadlift at the time-cap (274 reps). Over the next four days, athletes from around the world chased that score and a few surpassed it.

Bridges and Abildgaard will be awarded $2,016 for their Open Workout 16.4 wins.

Josh Bridges sets world’s best score

Bridges set the world’s best score at an incredible 330 reps, meaning that he completed all 55 wall balls on the second round. Bridges has set the world’s best score on an Open workout seven times, putting him in a dead tie for the lead on Open workout wins with Sam Briggs.

Watch how Josh Bridges smashed the 16.4 workout.

Julie Abildgaard

Abildgaard set the best score of any female athlete at 318 reps, besting Sigmundsdottir’s improved score of 316 by 2 reps. Abildgaard, a team competitor from Copenhagen, Denmark, finished 43 wall balls in the second round.

The two-time regional team competitor earned 9th at the Meridian Regional with Team Butcher’s Lab. This year, watch out for Abildgaard on Team CrossFit Copenhagen 1, which is currently 3rd in Europe.

Watch Julie Abildgaard at ‘work’ in the Open.

Rich Froning and Ben Smith to compete in Open Workout 16.5

The Live Announcement of Open Workout 16.5, presented by Progenex, will be held at the Ranch in Aromas, California, and streamed to starting at 4:45 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 24.

Four-time champion Rich Froning, reigning champion Ben Smith, and two-time silver medalist Mat Fraser will compete head to head in a match-up that will only happen once. Don’t miss it.