DUC Individual Athletes Competing at the 2019 CrossFit Games

Only one male athlete, one female athlete and one team earned an invite to compete at the 2019 CrossFit Games at this year’s Down Under CrossFit Championship. However, the quality of this year’s competition is clearly evident in the number of athletes set to compete at this year’s Games.

In total, nine athletes (five females, four males) who competed in Wollongong, Australia back in May, are set to compete in America in August for the title of the “Fittest Male’ and “Fittest Female’ on Earth.

Here is a quick look at the DUC individual athletes who will be heading to Madison, Wisconsin next month:

WOMEN

Amanda Barnhart – In just her first appearance since last year’s CrossFit Games, Barnhart was the clear stand out performer at this year’s DUC taking out the women’s title. The American, however, had already earned an invite to the Games after finishing 9th in the 2019 CrossFit Games Open earlier this year.

Jamie Greene – Greene and Barnhart had an epic head to head battle in the women’s division at this year’s DUC. Despite winning three Events across the weekend in Wollongong, Greene was narrowly beaten by Barnhart to finish second overall. However, the Kiwi had already earned her place at the 2019 CrossFit Games after her 4th place finish in this year’s Open.

Courtney Haley – Despite finishing just outside the automatic qualifying zone in this year’s CrossFit Games Open, Haley earned the right to compete at this year’s event after several athletes ahead of her declined their invites. It didn’t stop her putting in a huge performance at this year’s DUC where she finished third overall, behind Greene and Barnhart.

Alethea Boon – The New Zealander finished fourth overall at this year’s DUC, but with the top three women already booking their spot at this year’s CrossFit Games, Boon claimed the prized female individual invite. However, the 35 year-old has since declined the invite and will instead be competing as a Master this year at Madison, Wisconsin.

Lindsay Vaughan – In one of the feel-good stories coming out of this year’s DUC, the American CrossFit Veteran finally secured an invite to compete at the CrossFit Games. Vaughan finished 5th overall in the women’s division. But with Barnhart, Greene and Haley all already securing invites, and Boon declining hers, Vaughan has now earned the right to compete at the 2019 showpiece.

MEN

Matt Mcleod – After competing at the past six Regional Events in Australia, and four Sanctional Events in 2019, Matt Mcleod finally secured a CrossFit Games invite at this year’s DUC. The Australian dominated the three days of competition to secure the men’s title, and the right to compete at his first ever CrossFit Games.

Jacob Heppner – Heppner competed at just one Sanctional event this season, and that was the Down Under CrossFit Championship. The American had already secured his invite to the CrossFit Games after his third place finish in this year’s Open, but put in a solid performance in Wollongong, Australia, where he finished second overall behind Mcleod.

Luke Fiso – Fiso finished fifth overall at this year’s Down Under CrossFit Championship but will be heading to Madison, Winsconsin next month after finishing the 2019 Open as the New Zealander National Champion.

Dean Linder-Leighton – The Australian had already secured his invite to the 2019 CrossFit Games after his 28th placing at this year’s Open. And with a niggling injury heading into the DUC, Linder-Leighton decided to withdraw from competition just moments before the opening Clean & Jerk Event.

On behalf of the DUC team, we wish you all the best at the CrossFit Games and hope to have you back in Wollongong, Australia next year!