Mat Fraser Dominates the 2018 CrossFit Open

Reigning Fittest Man on Earth Mat Fraser sits in first at the end of Day 1 at the East Regional. Fraser finished first and second in Events 1 and 2, respectively.
Reigning Fittest Man on Earth Mat Fraser sits in first at the end of Day 1 at the East Regional. Fraser finished first and second in Events 1 and 2, respectively. ©2017 CrossFit Inc. Used with permission from CrossFit Inc.

Mathew Fraser won his second consecutive CrossFit Open in a dominating fashion. Fraser accumulated just 97 points over the course of six scored events. His nearest competitor, Alex Vigneault, was 343 points behind Fraser.

Fraser was #1 in the world on 18.5 with an astounding 198 reps on the thruster, chest-to-bar couplet. Over the five weeks, 18.2 was Fraser’s worst scored event where he finished 49th. No other competitor was able to finish every workout in the top 200!

So what Fraser’s Open performance the best in the 8-year history of the CrossFit Open?

Fraser’s 97 points is the second highest number of points by a men’s winner of the Open. Froning scored 127 points in 2016, the year that also featured six scored events. This year, however, no one was close to Fraser throughout the five weeks.

Froning’s 2014 Open performance is likely the closest to that of Fraser’s 2018 Open. In 2014, Froning won the Open with just 18 points. Jason Khalipa finished 2nd with 72 points. That year Froning never finished outside the top 8 in the world, albeit with less competitors.

But for this year, Fraser will now prepare for Regionals…this time at the Central Regional.

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