We have our first insight into how Dave Castro and the CrossFit Games will manage the increased number of athletes competing. The competition will begin with 148 men (147 since Roman Khrennikov will not be able to travel to the United States) and 134 women.

But after just one event, the field will be narrowed down to just 75 athletes in each division. From there, the number of athletes will be slimmed down over the course of the weekend to 50, 40, 30, 20 and ultimately 10 before the Fittest on Earth is crowned.

We reported last week that we had heard athletes will be re-outfitted after Friday night’s events. How far could we see the cuts go by Friday? We still don’t know.

Additionally, per the CrossFit Games rulebook the athletes will be ranked based on their placement in the CrossFit Open earlier this year. Again, we do not yet know how this will factor into the first cut down to 75 athletes.

As for the 14 teams heading to Madison, CrossFit also confirmed that the competition will be narrowed down as well. No additional details have been released at this time.

The 2019 CrossFit Games begin on Thursday, August 1, and run through Sunday, August 4.

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