While Africa is one of the fastest improving CrossFit Regions, it is star very far behind when it comes to athlete talent and depth.
Last year we saw the majority of athletes and teams score DNFs in Events, with only a handful able to make it all the way to the end of competition.
This year, we saw a massive improvement in the Region, with some impressive scores that would be competitive on the global level.
Here is a closer look at how each division fared over the three days of competition:
While the competition might not be that deep in the Africa Region, David Levey is still a world class athlete, proven by his 36th pace finish at last year’s CrossFit Games.
He was always going to be the one to catch in the men’s half, and led from start to finish to book another ticket to Carson in July.
Levey finished 18 points ahead of Neil Scholtz in second place, with Jason Smith rounding out the top three.
Despite finishing last at the 2012 CrossFit Games, Rika Diedericks was always going to be one of the leading female competitors in the Africa Regional. While she finished sixth in Africa in the Open, the CrossFit veteran was still tipped by many to claim this year’s Regional title.
However, it was not to be, with Carla Nunes da Costa claiming her first title, beating Diedericks by just three points. Heading into the final Event, Diedericks needed to make up two points on Nunes da Costa, but failed to do so, finishing third in the rope climbs and cleans.
Mona Pretorius won the final Event to finish third overall.
After Day 1, it became a battle of just two team’s with only CrossFit Platinum and CrossFit PBM able to get past Event 2 & 3 – the overhead squats and burpee muscle-ups.
In the end, CrossFit Platinum claimed the Regional title, winning by three points and securing the sole qualifying spot at the 2013 CrossFit Games in July.