Bronislaw Olenkowicz Storms Into 1st Place With Back-to-Back Event Wins

Bronislaw Olenkowicz at the 2019 CrossFit Strength In Depth Sanctional. Photo via Instagram, @strengthindepthuk
Bronislaw Olenkowicz at the 2019 CrossFit Strength In Depth Sanctional. Photo via Instagram, @strengthindepthuk

With Willy Georges and Alec Smith out of the competition, the CrossFit Strength in Depth Sanctional was even more wide open. Hungary’s Kristof Horvath (and Laura Horvath’s brother) led after the first two events, but Event 3 and 4 brought the heavy barbells.

Event 3 was a 1RM Snatch event and Event 4 followed up just a minute later with a 30-calorie Assault Bike and 30 clean and jerks. Horvath struggled on the snatch with only 117.5kg, good for 18th. This opened the door for the athletes chasing Horvath.

Bronislaw Olenkowicz took advantage. With a 140kg snatch…that’s 308 pounds…Olenkowicz took the event win and 100 points. A minute later, Olenkowicz strategically paced the Assault Bike finishing behind the rest of the final heat. But by cycling the 135-pound barbell with touch-and-go reps, Olenkowicz blitzed past the other athletes doing fast singles.

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How do you climb eight spots on the leaderboard and close out the day in 1st place? Do a @bronislawolenkowicz and win two events back-to-back! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bron hit a 140kg snatch on his second lift in Event 3, forfeiting his subsequent lifts in favour of saving himself for Event 4. He was then the calmest man on the floor. Unfazed at being the last man off the assault bike, he went unbroken on his clean and jerks (well he basically strict pressed every lift) and cruised past the entire field who were then left in his wake. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Elite mens standings at the end of Day 1 are: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1st Bronislaw Olenkowicz (326pts) 🇵🇱 2nd Drew Wayman (300pts) 🇺🇸 3rd David Shorunke (284pts) 🇬🇧 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Watch archived day 1 action on our site (available soon) or grab a ticket and come join us tomorrow ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @crossfitgames @noccouk @eleiko_uk @eleikosport @wheyduk @rxbar #uk @geometriktarget @reebokuk #CFSiD #crossfitgames #fittestonearth #sanctionals

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With back-to-back event wins, Olenkowicz stormed into 1st place at the end of Day 1. He leads by 26 points over Drew Wayman and 42 points ahead of David Shorunke. Sunday includes three more events before crowning the top athlete with a ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Standings after Day 1:
1) Bronislaw Olenkowicz (326)
2) Drew Wayman (300)
3) David Shorunke (284)
4) Zack George (278)
5) Roman Khrennikov (276)