Just like the Africa and Latin America Regions, Asia has just one automatic qualifying spot for the CrossFit Games in each of the three major divisions.
While it is very much a developing Region in the sport of CrossFIt, there are still a number of talented male and female competitors.
As well as CrossFitters, we also had a Korean pop star compete at the Asia Regional, with Brian Joo competing in the Team division.
Here are how the leaderboards stand after the three days of competition:
After finishing 33rd at the CrossFit Games last year, Daniel Hershey was always going to be the man to catch in the Asia Region. However, he did not compete in this year’s competition, leaving the door open for a new athlete to claim the Regional title.
In the end Michael Mogard, who finished 4th at the 2012 Asia Regional, claimed this year’s title, beating Cameron Currie by 15 points. Tanner Shuck was third, also 15 points behind Mogard.
Just like the men’s division, the reigning Asia Regional champion was absent in the women’s half, with Christen Wagner not competing.
That left the door open for last year’s runner-up Candice Howe to claim the title. However, she finished second once again, with Nicole Tainatongo earning a spot at the 2013 CrossFit Games. Vanessa Fung rounded out the podium.
Marlene Chi Andersson was also unlucky not to qualify for the CrossFit Games. After failing to meet all the Regional requirements, she was unable to compete in the Asia Regional. She was able to participate, however, and posted some decent scores during the three days of competition.
While we saw an improvement in talent in the female’s division, there was clearly a lack of depth, with only nine athletes able to complete all seven Events without registering a DNF.
The Team division displayed the biggest lack of depth in the Asia Region, with the field cut down to just three teams by the end of the Day 1. In the end it was a battle of two teams with Reebok CrossFit Asia and CrossFit Misawa fighting it out for the sole qualifying spot.
It came down to the final workout with Reebok CrossFIt Asia winning Event 7 to finish on top of the leaderboard. Reebok CrossFit Sentinel ONE finished third, 22 points behind.