Elijah Muhammad is Returning to the CrossFit Games

Elijah Muhammad had a great Day 2, notching a first-place finish on Event 3, and a fourth-place finish on Event 4.
Elijah Muhammad had a great Day 2, notching a first-place finish on Event 3, and a fourth-place finish on Event 4. ©2017 CrossFit Inc. Used with permission from CrossFit Inc.

Fan favorite Elijah “EZ” Muhammad has qualified once again for the 2017 CrossFit Games. Muhammad, who missed out on the Games in 2013 and 2014 after struggling with handstand push-ups, made it to the Games in 2015. However, last year Muhammad once again was unable to crack into the top 5.

This year was different. Muhammad started the weekend with a 13th place finish on Event 1 that featured 48 strict handstand push-ups with a weight vest. After that hurdle, Muhammad fought back into the top 5 with a 5th place finish on Event 2 and an event victory on Event 3.

Day 3: I really don’t know what to type, so many thoughts, so many memories going though my head. Replay of last year, 2015, 2014, 2013 etc. but today I feel different, I trained different- I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick. – Muhammad Ali __________ Last Day Of The Show- Gotta Finish Strong. #LiftHeavyOftenAsinEveryday _____ Photo Cred: @prestonsmithphotography @romwod

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Muhammad would make things closer than he wanted with a 20th place finish on Event 5, but the Assault Bike, Burpee Box Jump Overs and Sandbag Cleans were just what EZ needed as he took 4th in the event to secure a trip to Madison this August.

Muhammad will be joined by fellow CrossFit Games veterans Logan Collins and Travis Williams. Collins held on to the top spot throughout the weekend, while Williams bounced around in the top 5.

The South will also send two rookies to the CrossFit Games. Dakota Rager and Tommy Vinas will be making their first appearance as individuals at the CrossFit Games. Rager has competed on CrossFit 808’s CrossFit Games team the past two seasons, but this year he moved to Colorado and competed as an individual.

Vinas has qualified to the CrossFit Games in his third appearance at Regionals. Vinas is only 20-years-old but has competed at the South Regionals the past two years steadily improving. This weekend Vinas held firm to the 5th and final qualifying spot by holding off Games veterans Sean Sweeney and Joseph Guesnier on Sunday.

Final Standings:

  1. Logan Collins (527)
  2. Travis Williams (475)
  3. Dakota Rager (463)
  4. Elijah Muhammad (458)
  5. Tommy Vinas (456)
  6. Sean Sweeney (405)
  7. Brandon Luckett (399)

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