Carbondale’s Robbie Davis takes 6th at CrossFit World Games
CARSON, Calif. — Robbie Davis jokingly feels he might need to upgrade his cell phone plan.
After all of the support he received via text message and phone call in the past week at the CrossFit World Games, it might seem like a pretty reasonable thing to do.
“I actually just go on Facebook, and my page was just blowing up,” said Davis, a 41-year-old Carbondale resident who on Thursday finished sixth in the Masters Division of the world-wide event at the StubHub Center.
“My wife could barely watch the events because she was so into it,” he continued. “And I got so many phone calls and text messages over the past couple of days, I had to just shut my phone off and check it when I was done. All the support and encouragement I got was just awesome.”
Davis came into the three-day event seeded 19th of 20 competitors, yet remained consistent enough to crack the top 10 and almost reach Top 3. His 458 points were just three points behind fifth-place Keith Chrisman of Belleview, Wash., and nine points behind fourth-place Erwin van Beek of Amsterdam.
Winning the world title in the division was Michael Mosley of Tuscon, Ariz., who finished with 528 points. John Lynch of Branford, Conn., was second with 491, with Brent Maier of Colorado Springs finishing 10 points behind Lynch in third place.
Points are given based on places, and places are determined differently depending on the workout. Davis didn’t win any of them, but he finished in fourth place on the sixth and final workout and fifth place in the “Nancy” and “Push Pull Drag” events.
Those finishes in Nancy and Push Pull Drag made a big difference in Davis making the cut after the second day, as only the top 12 athletes compete on the third and final day. On Day 2, he finished ninth in Pullatigory — which involves doing sled pulls, dead lifts and burpies in 20 minutes — and the Deadlift Box Jump, where he was penalized several times for not following through on his repetitions completely.
“I didn’t have a full range of motion, so I was penalized for that,” Davis said. “It’s all of those itty-bitty things that just add up in the end.”
It turns out that’s probably the biggest thing Davis learned from the event, and he plans on taking those lessons to heart as he prepares to qualify for next year’s World Games.
“I am happy with sixth place,” Davis said. “I learned a lot when I was there. I tended to start a little slow in some events, and that made things hard because I was trying to come from behind against guys who had the same ability as me. I’ll take that into account when I try for next year.”
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