16.2 was another 20-minute grueling workout for the best athletes in the world. That is, unless you finished well below the time cap like the 2015 World’s Fittest Man, Ben Smith, and Kara Webb. Smith finished all five rounds in 16:54 to take first place worldwide in the workout. Webb, who posted her score and video earlier in the week, finished the workout in a blazing 15:07.
Smith finished just six second ahead of Rich Froning and 36 seconds in front of Mathew Fraser. After two events, Ben Smith is in 21st worldwide after bouncing back from 115th in 16.1. Froning is in 11th and Mathew Fraser sits in 5th. All three will be competing at the 16.5 announcement show at The Ranch in three weeks.
The top of the men’s leaderboard is littered with CrossFit Games veterans. Josh Bridges, coming off the best score of 16.1, followed up with a 6th place finished to maintain the top spot on the worldwide leaderboard. Behind him is Noah Ohlsen, Frederick Aegidius, Kyle Frankenfeld and Mathew Fraser. Frankenfeld is in the Australia region and finished 7th in the Pacific Regional last year.
Webb, who finished 58 seconds ahead of Brooke Wells, now sits in 6th worldwide after two events. Webb is in good company near the top of the women’s leaderboard with two of the Fittest Women on Earth, Katrin Davidsdottir (2nd), and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (3rd). Emily Bridgers and Sara Sigmundsdottir are also in the top 5 in 1st and 5th, respectively. Also in 3rd place is Jamie Greene. Greene, who lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE, competes in the Africa region. Greene is no stranger to the top of the leaderboard as she finished 1st in the Africa region last year and was 102nd worldwide in the 2015 Open.