With the Meridian Regional splitting into two separate regional competitions this year, more athletes from Europe and Russia were able to showcase their talents in the second stage of competition. The Europe Regional was held in Berlin, Germany, and a first-time regional competitor, Roman Khrennikov, stole the show.

From the outset, Khrennikov showed he had the ability to compete with the best in Europe. A 2nd place finish on the Triple 3 followed by a 3rd place finish on Linda. From there, Khrennikov’s worst finish was 15th on the snatch/burpee couplet. The first-time regional athlete would finish in the top 5 five times on his way to 500 points and an impressive Europe Regional victory.

Khrennikov was joined by fellow Russian, Andrey Ganin, in the top 5. Ganin finished 4th overall. Khrennikov and Ganin are the first two athletes from Russia to compete at the CrossFit Games.

Joining them in Madison, Wisconsin, are three CrossFit Games veterans – Adrian Mundwiler, Lukas Hogberg and Bjorgvin Gudmundsson.

For practically everyone, this is the first time anyone has heard of Roman Khrennikov. This is his second season competing in CrossFit. Last year Khrennikov finished 111th in the Europe Region during the 2017 CrossFit Open.

During the offseason, Khrennikov reached out to former CrossFit Games veteran Adrian Conway about following Brute Strength’s Games prep programming. Since then Khrennikov has been racking up hardware in offseason competitions in Russia and Europe.

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First athletes are punching their tickets in Europe and this one is special! @cf_khrennikov_roman is a @brute.strength and has been since after last years @crossfitgames season. He is not on any 1 on 1 track. He simply follows Games Prep, emails me once a week and is compliant with the program! He’s clearly a savage and also blessed athletically as well. Roman reached out after practicing the workouts with some concern, he showed that some doubt can fuel urgency and in the right circumstance can fuel 🔥🔥🔥🔥. Congrats young man. You earned it. • • • • This journey is a similar one that @georgeasan found himself on last year when it came to programming and execution. Two of the most compliant athletes I’ve had the chance to work with. Have a program folks, trust it, stick to it, recover like it’s your job, sleep and eat well. Let the rest take care of itself. #crossfit #crossfitgames #gamesbound #brutesquad #brutestrength #compliance #consistency #win #onedayatatime

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There is little about Khrennikov on the Internet. We were able to find a few things. It does appear that Khrennikov has a background in competitive swimming.

Here are a couple videos from the CrossFit Open.