In what may be his final year as an individual CrossFit Games competitor, Chad Mackay has had to withdraw from competition.
The Australian powerhouse removed himself from competition at the end of Day 2 after suffering a fracture to his first rib.
According to Mackay, he heard a crack during one of the push jerks during Heavy DT.
Mackay took to social media to break the news, posting this statement on Facebook:
“This is definitely not the way I wanted to finish my @crossfitgames 2015 season. It is with a heavy heart that I will be withdrawing from competition.
I have unfortunately fractured my first rib. The fracture occurred during Heavy DT. It was on my last push jerk of the second round. I heard a loud crack and knew something wasn’t right. I tried my hardest to continue completing another 12 deadlifts. I then tried to Hang Clean and realized I couldn’t continue. The good news is, these things heal with time and there is no permanent damage. Thank you to the wonderful medial team for taking great care of me.
@crossfit has changed my life.
Competing at the CrossFit Games has been an absolute honor. I will treasure the experience and the memories for the rest of my life.
Thank you for making my dreams come true.”
In what was perhaps one of his best showings at the Games, Mackay withdrew after sitting comfortably in the top five for most of the competition. To day at the 2015 CrossFit Games, Mackay posted two top four finishes on Day 1 in the Pier Paddle and Sandbag 2015.
In a showing of his character, Chad is still hanging around the Stub Hub Centre chatting with fans and sponsors. Wishing the big guy a speedy recovery.
Mackay is one of several competitors to withdraw from the 2015 CrossFit Games so far.
Other big names include Neal Maddox (reported hamstring tear), Joe Scali, and Maddy Myers in the women’s half.