Dane Smith Addresses His Major Penalty

Dane Smith has also come out after he was assessed a major penalty on 20.1. CrossFit penalized Smith for “single-foot jumps during the burpees” and adjusted his time by 2:30.

The penalty moved his original score/time of 8:51 to 11:21. Smith’s placement for 20.1 is now 1,347th, putting him out of contention to qualify to the CrossFit Games via the Open. Before the penalty, Smith was close to 20th overall (we don’t have the exact spot given all of the penalties, but that is where he would be had his score not changed).

Smith shared his thoughts on Instagram:

“2:30 was added to my 20.1 score this morning for a “one foot take off” on my burpees. Which takes any chance I had of qualifying through the open away. I wasn’t trying to get away with anything. I posted a video of my burpees last week because I was proud of my score. Those are the way I’ve been doing burpees for 6 years now through regionals, team series, past opens, etc. So it came as a surprise to me. I don’t want to make excuses for myself because at the end of the day it’s my fault for not adhering to the standards CrossFit had in mind. I assumed having both feet propel myself over the bar was enough for a two foot takeoff. I assumed wrong. Just hope they can manage some day to be more fair across the board for other athletes inside and outside the top 40. Now I know. You live and learn, greater things are in store. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18”

Smith shared a video of him finishing his last round on 20.1 a week earlier. It is unclear if this was the video submitted or not.

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