Sam Briggs, James Newbury Take Early Lead at Australian CrossFit Championship

Sam Briggs at the 2019 Australian CrossFit Championship. Photo via Instagram (@auscrossfitchamp)

Sam Briggs has already secured her invite to the 2019 CrossFit Games, but that is not stopping the 2013 CrossFit Games champion from competing in another Sanctional. Briggs is down in Australia this weekend competing in the Australian CrossFit Championship, the 3rd Sanctional of the season.

After the first five events, Briggs holds a 69-point lead over Australian Maddie Sturt. Briggs has won each of the first five events for a perfect score of 500. Sturt, however, has the most to gain this weekend as Briggs cannot receive a 2nd invite to the Games. This means that 2nd place (should Briggs go on to win) will be awarded a ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games. In the fight for 2nd, Sturt has a 38-point advantage over Simone Arthur and Marnie Sykes.

On the men’s side, it is no surprise who is leading after two days of competition. James Newbury is in control with 470 points. Newbury, a three-time Games veteran, is leading Bayden Brown by 46 points. Matt McLeod and Zeke Grove are also in contention.

As for the teams, Project X leads Reebok CrossFit Frankston by 30 points. Project X is a new super team consisting of Khan Porter, Brandon Swan, Jessica Coughlan and Harriet Roberts. CrossFit Frankston is led by Rob Forte and is joined by Jay Crouch, Madison Tatt and Katelin Marks.

The competition runs through Sunday with five events remaining for individuals and just four for the teams. The top man, woman and team will get and invite to the 2019 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.

Stay tuned to TheBarbellSpin.com for updates.