August 08, 2022
The 2022 CrossFit Games came to an end over the weekend. The intense action took place from August 3-7th. in Madison, Wisconsin. Two familiar names in the CrossFit world, Justin Medeiros and Tia-Claire Toomey were crowned victorious as the Fittest Man & Woman on Earth®.
Let’s look at the results of the 2022 CrossFit Games below!
As mentioned above we saw two well-known athletes win their respective divisions but it wasn’t an easy competition as some newer athletes gave the champs a run for their money.
Speaking of money, this year had the biggest CrossFit prize purse of nearly $3 million!
Below you’ll find the top ten finishers in both the Men’s and Women’s Elite divisions.
Justin Medeiros has won the CrossFit Games back-to-back and is only the third athlete to do so along with Mat Fraser and Rich Froning. Even though Medeiros didn’t come in first place in any of the 13 events he still managed to stand on top of the leaderboard.
At only 23 years old, Medeiros now has two titles under his belt. Towards the beginning of the competition, it didn’t look like Medeiros was going to wind up winning it all as it was Ricky Gerard who was crushing the competition. Then once Medeiros was able to squeak past Gerard he had to fend off Roman Khrennikov.
It was Medeiros’ composure and ability to do well under the stress that enabled him to win it all. Medeiros had a terrific year with this massive win plus his wins in the 2022 CrossFit Quarterfinals and 2022 CrossFit Semifinals.
The top 10 men are listed below:
Tia-Clair Toomey is now the winningest athlete in the sports’ history as this is her sixth title in a row! Toomey started the competition in good form with a second-place finish. She then had a tough second event but caught her stride over days two and three where she jumped to the top of the leaderboard.
Even before the final event had begun, Toomey had already clinched the title. The athletes that finished just behind Toomey are some of the up-and-comers that you can expect to see towards the top of the leaderboards for the next years. For example, Mallory O’Brien the second place finisher is just 18 years old!
The greatness of Toomey can’t be denied as people weren’t even sure if she would be focused enough to place in the Games after her brief stint in Olympic bobsledding. 2022 was another great year for Toomey as she won at the 2022 Torian Pro and 2022 CrossFit Quarterfinals.
This year’s CrossFit season was filled with big headlines from the beginning of the year when Dave Castro was fired to how the games ended with both Medeiros and Toomey in first place once again. We can’t wait to see how the next few years play out as there are new athletes on everyone’s radar so no one will be comfortable moving forward. What a season!
July 24, 2022
A noteworthy show in bodybuilding, the 2022 Chicago Pro just wrapped up over the weekend. The event took place in Tinley, Illinois on July 22 and 23rd. This was an Olympia qualifier where athletes in the Men’s Open, 212, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, Wellness, and Women’s Physique.
Some big winners were crowned at the 2022 Chicago Pro, let’s look at the winners and results!
The Chicago Pro is one of the most anticipated shows of the year and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Below are the results and brief recaps of each division that competed.
With this division we got to see Antoine Valliant walk away victorious after coming so close last week at the 2022 Vancouver Pro where he finished in second, only 1 point behind Iain Valliere.
This is a huge win for Valliant who had faced some serious health issues over the past year. Following Valliant in second place was Tonio Burton with Andrea Muzi close behind in third to round out the podium.
The 212 division saw some intense competition but when the dust cleared it was Dectric Bo Lewis who won the title. This is a huge win for Lewis who came up short at the 2022 Puerto Rico Pro just about a month ago.
Jonathan Pelkey won the hotly contested Classic Physique thanks to his peeled physique. This was a massive jump for Pelkey who came in 8th place at the 2021 Chicago Pro. Just after Pelkey stood Tommy Clark who made to the 2021 Olympia after a great year and ended up placing 16th.
Nicolas Koeu won this division handily and has clocked his second big win of the season after winning the 2022 Republic Of Texas Pro not too long ago. Koeu will try to improve his ranking at the Olympia from his 16th place finish in 2021.
Jessica Wilson racked up the win in part to her amazing shape and stage presence. This was Wilson’s biggest win of the season. Last year she finished 11th at the Olympia so we know she’ll try to crack the top ten this year.
Angela Yeo was crowned the winner of Women’s Bodybuilding due to her massive frame and symmetrical muscle bellies. This is Yeo’s biggest win of her career, let’s see what she can do at the Olympia. It’s also worth mentioning that second-place finisher Sherry Priami didn’t walk away empty handed as she won the 2022 Chicago Pro Best Poser Award.
Julia Champlin scored a huge win with her flawless shape. This is the highlight of her short career so far and she’ll have some tough competition at the Olympia but we hope she shows out!
This is Sara Kovach’s second straight win of the Chicago Pro. Last year she placed 7th at the Olympia and we think she has what it takes to make the top five this year, stay tuned.
It was Isamara Santos’ superb physique that landed her the win in this division. After just turning pro last year with her win of the 2021 NPC Worldwide Empro Classic, Santos has a bright future ahead of her.
Ashley Jones looked impeccable on stage which led to her winning the division. This is a big win for Jones, perhaps as big as her 2021 Texas Pro win. Jones now looks forward to the Olympia to see how she will compare with the best of the best.
SET FOR SET congratulates all the athletes who competed at the 2022 Chicago Pro. In just a few short months we’ll get to see the winners strut their stuff on stage at the 2022 Olympia set to take place in Las Vegas from December 16-18th.
July 18, 2022
The 2022 Vancouver Pro just wrapped up on July 17th in Abbotsford, BC. This is one of the biggest bodybuilding shows in Canada and it featured multiple divisions including Men’s Open, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Figure, and Fitness. The winner of each division earned a spot at the 2022 Olympia set to take place in December.
Let’s look at the results of the 2022 Vancouver Pro and see which athletes punched their tickets to the biggest stage of them all!
Some familiar names stepped onto the stage over the weekend for their chance to shine but it was the Men’s Open division that garnered the most attention as we saw two of Canada’s best go at it for the title, Iain Valliere and Antoine Vaillant. Below you’ll see how the 2022 Vancouver Pro played out and who was victorious in their respective divisions.
This hotly contested division came down to the final judging as Valliere and Vaillant went head-to-head but it was Valliere who ended up edging out Vaillant for the title. Valliere will now have a chance to prove himself at the 2022 Olympia and improve upon his performance from last year where he finished in seventh place. It was nice to see Vaillant put up a tough fight after going through some health issues related to his heart. At the end of the day it was Valliere’s upper body’s thickness and 3D look that led to his win.
The Classic Physique division saw Chen Kang of China win with his absolutely shredded physique and symmetrical muscle bellies. Kang will now have a chance to go against the best at the 2022 Olympia. In his last appearance at the 2019 Olympia, he finished 5th so it will be interesting to see if he can best that performance.
Charjo Grant won the Men’s Physique in dominant fashion as he appeared with a wide but lean frame that the other athletes couldn’t compete with. Grant now has a chance to improve upon his showing at the 2021 Olympia where he finished 12th.
Susana Aramayo put on quite the show to win the title. This is perhaps the biggest win of career, giving her a chance to compete at the 2022 Olympia. In her last appearance back in 2020 she placed 16th so we know she will want to have a better showing this time around.
Even though Valerie Ratelle hasn’t been competing for a long time, she has definitely turned some heads. After turning pro last year by winning the 2021 NPC Worldwide Amateur Olympia Orlando she went on to place 12th at the 2021 Toronto Pro. This is her biggest win yet and it seems like she has a bright future ahead so we’re excited to see her compete in December.
This division only saw three athletes vie for a chance to win the title but it still came down to a neck-in-neck performance with Abby Bolton winning the tiebreaker with her awesome routine. This is Bolton’s most significant win up until now as her best pro finish came last year at the 2021 Toronto Pro Supershow where she placed second. She has some tough competition ahead of her at the 2022 Olympia but we know she’ll give it her all.
SET FOR SET congratulates all the athletes who competed at the 2022 Vancouver Pro. We are looking forward to seeing some of the winners bring their best to the stage in Las Vegas where they’ll battle it out for a chance at the coveted Olympia title.
July 09, 2022
The 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic wrapped up on July 9th with the Ukrainian strongman Oleksii Novikov winning the title for the second consecutive year. Let’s recap the 2022 Strongman Classic results below.
This competition took place at Royal Albert Hall in London, England where 12 top strongmen went at it over 5 different events on July 9th, 2022. The top three finishers earned an invite to the 2023 World’s Strongest Man competition. It was Oleksii Novikov who won it all and continued his stellar year after winning 2022 Europe's Strongest Man and placing second at the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic.
Below are the final results of the competition:
The day was full of action over the course of five events with some close battles throughout the day.
In the first event of the day, the athletes had to try to hoist five circus dumbbells ranging from 80 kg to 120 kg overhead to a locked-out position for the fastest time.
Novikov dominated this event with American Rob Kearney close behind him and the new phenom Mitchell Hooper rounding out the top three as these men were the only ones able to lift all 5 dumbbells. Andy Black suffered an undisclosed injury and withdrew from the competition.
Next up was the infamous Hercules Hold where the athletes had to hold two 160 kg columns with their arms up and out to their sides for the longest possible time. In an unexpected turn of events, the world record holder of this event Mark Felix didn’t even crack the top five.
The third event of the day consisted of the familiar Famer’s Walk where the men had to carry two objects that weighed 150 kg each for a max distance within a 60-second time cap. Whoever went the furthest in the shortest amount of time would win. Novikov once again put on a tremendous performance by winning the event ahead of the Canadian strongman, Maxime Boudreault.
Nearing the end of the competition was the Axle Deadlift For Reps where the giants had to deadlift 360 kg to a locked-out position as many times as they could within 60 seconds. Once again it was Novikov who led the pack with 7 reps as no other athlete was able to match him.
Last but not least, the classic event, Atlas Stones rounded out the competition. The men had to lift five stones that ranged from 120 to 200 kg the place them on their respective platforms in the shortest amount of time. It was Boudreault who won the event by over one second whereas Evan Singleton was able to edge out Novikov by .01 seconds to claim second place.
The 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic was a great competition to watch as Novikov proved himself again to be one of the best in the world and newcomer Mitchell Hooper is starting to make a real name for himself after the 2022 WSM. Stay tuned for the next Giants Live production with the 2022 Giants Live Open and World Deadlift Championships coming on August 6th.
July 05, 2022
The 2022 Orlando Pro is in the books after the contest wrapped up over the weekend on July 2nd in Orlando, Florida. This contest was an Olympia qualifier where athletes competed in the Men’s Open division for a chance to earn a spot at the 2022 Olympia in December.
Let’s look at the results of the 2022 Orland Pro below!
The 2022 Orlando Pro saw some of the top Men’s Open bodybuilders take to the stage for a chance to earn their way to the 2022 Olympia. When all was said and done it was Hassan Mostafa of Egypt who won it all. Mostafa is on a roll this year picking up his second win of the season. He’s now 2 for 2 win his win at the 2022 Puerto Rico Pro and now the 2022 Orlando Pro.
In second place we saw Andrea Presti of Italy who brought an amazing physique to the stage but it wasn’t enough to edge out Mostafa. Rounding out the podium was Phil Clahar. All in all this was a tight competition but Mostafa’s conditioning and fullness couldn’t be denied.
You can find the full results of the 2022 Orland Pro below:
Hassan Mostafa is an IFBB pro bodybuilder from Egypt but now lives in Kuwait. Mostafa didn’t grow up playing sports but rather wanted to emulate his father who liked to lift weights. In his teen years he became interested in competing in bodybuilding after his friend’s father won a local show. He gained the confidence to give it a go and won the first contest he entered.
It was at the young age of 23 where he won his first big show the 2014 IFBB Junior World Championships. Then just like Big Ramy the current Mr. Olympia and also fellow Egyptian, Mostafa won the Amateur Olympia in Kuwait to turn pro in 2018 whereas Big Ramy won 6 years before him.
Since then, Mostafa has had some good finishes including 3rd place at the 2019 Indy pro and 4th place at the 2020 New York Pro. However, this year Mostafa is having the most success yet, we’re excited to see if he can keep up this momentum!
The 2022 Orlando Pro was another event that showed us how contentious the Men’s Open division can be. We can’t wait until December when these giants go head-to-head to win the title of Mr. O.
July 01, 2022
The 2022 USA Weightlifting National Championships week started in Las Vegas on June 25th with the last day of the contest on July 3rd. This event is set up with the Youth competing for the first three days then Juniors for the next three and finally the Seniors for the last three days.
One standout athlete from this competition is Olivia Reeves who put on quite a performance that made people on Team USA take notice. Reeves competed in the Junior category set a new American record of 138 kg in the clean & jerk.
Let’s look at her amazing performance below:
On June 29th 2022, 19 year old American weightlifter Olivia Reeves set a new American record in the 71 kg weight class with a clean & jerk of 138 kg!
Reeves’ amazing performance resulted in winning a gold medal in the Junior National Championships during the 2022 USAW National Championships Week. Her total of 248 kg blew the competition out of the water with the next closest a whopping 45 kg lower.
Let’s look at Olivia’s full performance below:
Clean & Jerk
Total: 248 kg
At only 19 years old and with two years to go before the 2024 Paris Olympic Games Reeves might stand a chance to be on the roster for Team USA as her lifts are competitive with the current top athletes in the 71 and 76 kg class.
Watch her unbelievable clean & jerk below:
Olivia Reeves is an American weightlifter that got her start in weightlifting via CrossFit as her mom owned a CrossFit gym in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After 3 years of CrossFit training, she realized that she liked lifting weights more than CrossFit so she transitioned to the competitive sport.
Reeves has been at the top of her class for the past few years and holds all the records in the 16-17-year-old Girls division in the 71 kg class as well as the clean & jerk record in the 63 kg class for ages 14-15.
Last year Reeves won gold and became the Junior World Champion in the 71 kg weight class at the 2021 IWF World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Reeves made it to the podium in all four of her international competitions. Her last international competition was the 202 IWF World Championships in Greece where she finished with a silver in the 71 kg class with a total one 1 kg shy of the gold winner.
Olivia Reeves is on a tear and she’s not slowing down anytime soon. We think she has what it takes to represent the USA at the 2024 Paris Games if she keeps up this pace. Be sure to keep an eye out for Reeves over the next year to see her progress, we know we will!
June 27, 2022
This week Giants Live released the lineup for the highly anticipated “World’s Strongest Nation” event. This strongman spectacle is set to take place on November 26, 2022 at the M&S Bank Arena In Liverpool, England. There are 2 teams of 9 athletes that will represent their respective countries of USA and the UK.
Let’s have a look at the lineup of the World’s Strongest Nation below!
Giants Live which is one of the most well-known organizations in the world of strongmen released the lineup of the 2022 World’s Strongest Nation via their Instagram on June 24th in two posts.
The two teams that will battle it out are headed up by Robert Oberst for Team USA while Eddie Hall will lead Team UK. These two strongmen are good friends but we’re sure to see them take this contest seriously as they’re both competitive giants. Oberst and Hall also co-star in the tv series The Strongest Men In History which is reported to be coming back soon with new episodes.
Below are the lineups for each team with the athletes listed in alphabetical order:
On Team USA’s side led by Robert Oberst there are a few highly recognized strongmen and women competing. Oberst who’s coming back from an injury is posed to show the world how he’s bounced back.
Plus there’s the notable Rob Kearney, Evan Singleton, Trey Mitchell and Bobby Thompson.
As for the women, there are some impressive athletes including Gabi Dixson the 2021 IPL World Champion and Nadia Stowers who was the 2021 Static Monsters Worldwide Champion.
Team UK is packing a serious punch. You have Tom Stoltman who is coming off his second consecutive title after winning the 2022 World’s Strongest Man contest plus the former WSM winner Eddie Hall.
Plus there are 3 former World’s Strongest Women who join the ranks in three-time winner Donna Moore, Rebecca Roberts (2021) and Andrea Thompson (2018). Don’t forget about Luke Stoltman and Mark Felix who are sure to bring their best!
For anyone that follows strongman, this list is chock-full of some of the best strongmen and strongwomen in the world. Stay tuned for the festivities set to commence on November 26th where a handful of the strongest men and women from the UK and USA go at it for all the bragging rights of 2022 World’s Strongest Nation.
June 20, 2022
This weekend of June 17-19th played host to some big bodybuilding shows including the 2022 Puerto Rico Pro. This contest was held in San Juan Puerto Rico with multiple divisions vying for a chance to win an invitation to the 2022 Mr. Olympia.
Let’s look at the results from the 2022 Puerto Rico Pro below!
This show consisted of bodybuilders competing across a range of divisions including Men’s Open, Men’s 212, Men’s Physique, Classic Physique, Women's Bodybuilding, Women’s Physique, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Wellness.
The winners in each division punched their ticket to compete at the 2022 Olympia which is set to take place from December 16-18th in Las Vegas.
This division is one of the most hotly contested in the sport and I was Egypt’s Hassan Mostafa who ended up winning the title. At this same event last year he placed 3rd so this was a step in the right direction for Mostafa. In the 2021 Olympia He placed 13th so it will be interesting to see if he can improve his showing this year.
Many would consider this division to result in an upset when Oswaldo Gonzalez took the title after narrowly beating out Bo Lewis. This is arguably the biggest win in Oswaldo’s career but he earned it after coming in with a super peeled physique.
Clarence McSpadden walked away from the contest with a huge win. He competed in last year’s Olympia securing 16th place so we know he’s out for redemption this time around, let’s see if he can finish higher later this year.
It was Emanuele Ricotti who edged out Carlos Dommar for the first place finish. Ricotti put on a near flawless performance to win the title. Dommar shouldn’t feel too bad about a second-place finish after all he’s already qualified for the 2022 Olympia with his win at the 2022 Optimum Classic Pro.
Even though there were only three athletes in this division, it didn’t disappoint. Ultimately it was Reshanna Boswell who took home gold and will try to improve upon her 2021 Olympia performance.
With only two competitors there was a 50/50 chance of winning the title and it proved to be Tamara Vahn who crushed it. Vahn will try to break into the top five this year after her sixth place finish in the 2021 Olympia.
Samantha Jerring owned the stage which led to her first-place finish. We’re sure Jerring is excited to be headed back to the Olympia to see if she can improve on her last performance.
Gabriella Mohamed edged out Francesca Stocio to win the division and earn her way to the Olympia. This one could’ve gone either way and we’re sure to see Stocio come back for vengeance at her next show.
The winner of this division Claudia Gabriela de León Pardo put on a great performance. At this contest last year she placed fifth showing that she’s come a long way and is determined to improve as her career goes on.
Gisele Machado is on a roll recently after coming off a win at the 2022 Miami Muscle Beach Pro show. She is poised to make a splash at the 2022 Olympia, keep an eye out for her.
SET FOR SET congratulates all the athletes who competed at the 2022 Puerto Rico Pro. We can’t wait to see the winners strut their stuff on the Olympia stage later this year.
June 17, 2022
Last week we saw the 2022 International Powerlifting Federation(IPF) World Classic Championships take place from June 6-11th in Sun City, South Africa. During the week-long competition, the world witnessed numerous records fall as athletes from all divisions and genders put up some ridiculous lifts. One of those athletes, David Ricks who competed in the Masters 3 Division set three new world records at the young age of 62!
Take a look at David Ricks’ record-setting performance below!
David Ricks at 62 years old competed at the world famous powerlifting event in the Masters 3 division (ages 60-69) in the 93 kg class.
Ricks set three new IPF raw world records in squat, bench press and total. Ricks missed out on setting a new deadlift world record and didn’t seem too happy about it as he posted to his Instagram, “ a lot of folks thought it was a good lift” but two of the three judges gave red lights. That said, Ricks still holds the Masters 3 deadlift record with 287.5 kg (633.8 lb) which he set at last year’s IPF World Championships in Sweden.
Below is David Ricks’ full performance:
Total: 772.5 kg (1,703.1 lb) | Masters 3 IPF Raw World Record
With this performance, David Ricks is head and shoulders above his closest competition with his squat 65 kg higher, bench press 45 kg heavier, and overall total a whopping 117.5 kg heavier than the previous records.
David Ricks is an American powerlifter from Barberton, Ohio. Ricks served as a Naval Officer for 22 years and also worked as the Director of General Services and Public Works Director for different municipalities.
David got his start in powerlifting while in the U.S. Naval Academy and never looked back. Ricks’ first competition came in 1981 and has continued his domination over the past 40+ years. Some of David Ricks' accomplishments are:
With no signs of slowing down at 62, Ricks is most likely going to stay atop the podium for some time to come. We know he’ll be gunning to break his own records again the next time we see him on the stage. Ricks is the embodiment of greatness and he serves as an inspiration for all.
June 14, 2022
The 2022 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Classic World Championships hosted in Sun City, South Africa came to a close on June 11th. The competition that started on June 6th lasted for six days and saw many new world records set in multiple weight classes in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
Let’s look at the final results from the 2022 IPF World Championships below!
The biggest event in powerlifting took place across six action-packed days down in South Africa where we saw some truly inspiring performances. New world records were set in the Men’s 66, 83, 93 and 120+ kg classes while the women’s 47, 52, 57, 76 and 84+ kg classes also produced new IPF raw world records.
After six days of pushing iron around, we have the winners listed below in both all weight divisions and their respective weight categories.
Starting with the 66 kg class we saw American lifter Jonathan Garcia put up a new raw squat record of 271 kg. Even with that massive lift he came in second behind Sweden’s Eddie Berglund who set a new IPF world record total with 710 kg!
In the 83 kg division we saw Asein Enahoro of Hungary break the deadlift record with 362.5 kg pull which helped him land a third place finish. Then in the 93 kg class we saw multiple world records including Chance Mitchell’s new deadlift world record of 373.5 kg and 878.5 kg total. Fellow American Jonathan Cayco landed in third place with the help of his new world record in bench press with 238.5 kg.
In the super heavyweight class it was Ilyas Boughalem of Algeria who put up a new IPF bench press world record of 291.5 kg which secured him a second place finish as Jesus Oliveras of the USA took the gold medal with a dominant performance.
Here are the top three finishers in each weight class with their total weight lifted:
The women put on quite a show beginning in the 47 kg class when Tiffany Chapon of France set three new world records (squat ,deadlift, total) and came in first place while Heather Connor set a world record in deadlift with 185 kg to win second place.
The 52 kg weight class also saw multiple world records set when Noemie Allabert put up a total of 438 kg and Pleun Dekker squatted 168.5 kg setting a new record. It’s also worth mentioning that Farid Farhanna set a new deadlift record of 197 kg although she didn’t finish in the top three.
In the 57 kg class Joy Nnamani from the UK won gold with the help of her new world record deadlift of 228 kg. Other world records set in this category were Bobbie Butters squat of 183 kg and Donna Berglund’s bench press of 123 kg.
In the 67 kg class it was Jessica Buettner of Canada who stole the show with a new raw squat of 218.5 kg and deadlift record of 261.5 kg. These lifts led to her tying Agata Sitko’s world record total of 585 kg. Beuttner won the gold because she weighed in slightly less than Sitko at 75.25 kg vs 75.65 kg. Beuttner’s deadlift is the heaviest raw deadlift across all women's weight classes!
Last but not least in the 84+ kg class it was Bonica Brown who set a new squat record with 273.5 kg and a new total world record with 668.5 kg!
Here are the eight women’s weight classes and top finishes with their total weight lifted.
SET FOR SET congratulates all the athletes who competed at the 2022 IPF World Championships. These men and women put on a spectacle for the world to see with their amazing lifts.
How many more world records do you think these athletes will destroy in the near future?
June 12, 2022
The last three of the 2022 CrossFit Semifinals happened over the weekend with the Strength In Depth, Copa Sur, and Atlas Games. These Semifinal events were spread out around the globe in London, England, Vitoria, Brazil, and Montreal, Canada; respectively.
Let’s look at how the top individual athletes performed at the remaining 2022 CrossFit Semifinal events and who made it to the 2022 CrossFit Games.
The last 4 consecutive weekends, we saw the Lowlands Throwdown, Syndicate Crown, and the Torian Pro followed by Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (MACC) and the CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town, and most recently the Granite Games and The Far East Throwdown go down in dramatic fashion.
This weekend hosted the final three Semifinal events where competitors gave it their all for a chance to move on to the 2022 CrossFit Games.
This competition saw athletes come in from around Europe to go head-to-head in London. Like the other Semifinals the athletes had to complete 6 challenging workouts and those who finished with the top five scores in the men’s and women’s will go on to compete in the 2022 NO BULL CrossFit Games.
This competition took place in Enseada do Suá, Vitória, Brazil where the top 30 men and women competed to land in the top five in each division to clinch their spot in the 2022 Games. The athletes battled it out in six tough events that tested their will to win, strength and endurance. By the end of the competition, the following athletes will be moving on to Madison.
The Atlas Games had the top 60 males and females from the 2022 Quarterfinals vie for a top five finish so that they can compete in August at the finals. We saw just a few points separate the top two places in both the men’s and women’s divisions but it was Jeffrey Adler and Emma Lawson who edged out the competition.
We now know which athletes we’ll be seeing compete at the 2022 CrossFit Games. However, those who came close during the Semifinals have one more chance to get through to the Finals at the Last Chance Qualifier that’s set to take place at the end of this month from June 29-July 1st.
June 11, 2022
The young up-and-coming bodybuilder Ryeley Palfi of Canada died in a tragic motorcycle accident on June 8th, 2022. Palfi was set to take the stage in the biggest bodybuilding show of his life just three weeks away.
The sad news broke of the aspiring bodybuilder, Ryeley Palfi’s death when his dad posted a caption on one of his son’s Instagram posts that read “Ryeley was in a tragic motorcycle accident last night. I don’t know how to reach out to his followers. Just know he didn’t feel any pain. I love you son so much 💔 I can’t even fn believe this is happening 💔💔❤️”
Ryeley who is extremely active on social media and has over 100k followers on Instagram had posted a few stories on his profile the same day he died in a horrendous motorcycle accident.
In his stories the day of his passing, it showed him getting on his new blue and yellow motorcycle as it was raining. During his Intsa stories, he mentioned there would be no speeding due to the rain. Apparently, Ryeley just got the motorcycle this past week according to some reports online. It seems like Ryeley might have died in the motorcycle crash on the way to or coming home from the gym.
The loss of Ryeley Palfi is a tough one as he was only 19 years old and he had the potential to be one of the best in the world. Ryeley planned on becoming the world’s youngest IFBB Pro, he was truly gifted in the physique department with a tiny waist against his massive upper body. Palfi had some insane genetics and surely would’ve made some waves in the bodybuilding circuit.
Ryeley had such promise to make it big time as he was recognized by Derek from More Plates More Dates. Derek actually sponsored Ryeley with his supplement line Gorilla Mind.
SET FOR SET sends condolences to the Ryeley’s family and friends. Ryeley had big dreams and the potential to be one of the greats. RIP to the young man who inspired thousands of people to get in better shape.