Weightlifting Shop athlete Moritz Fiebig has worked more than hard to fulfill this dream – and it has paid off. With a fourth place at the Lowlands Throwdown, one of the two European CrossFit Semifinal events, he has qualified for this year’s CrossFit Games, which will take place in Madison from August 3 to 7.
Heading into the Games, Fiebig first qualified confidently for the subsequent semifinals at the CrossFit Quarterfinals, finishing fifth in Europe, and then had to compete against 29 of Europe’s top athletes at the Lowlands Throwdown last weekend in Amsterdam. “I felt very well prepared because I did the work that needed to be done. Still, I was very excited because every single athlete there could be “dangerous” and, of course, at the beginning of the weekend you don’t know how the other athletes will perform in the workouts.” The Hamburg native thus describes the mental strain as higher than the physical one, but he also mastered that terrifically over the weekend.
After a ninth place in the first workout, a 14th place in the second event and a fourth place in the third event, the 27-year-old was initially in eighth place, 18 points behind fifth place after the first three workouts. However, only the best five athletes qualify for the Games. But Fiebig stayed calm and spoke to himself: “Everything is just right,” he knows his weaknesses, which he continues to work on.
Moritz Fiebig has qualified for the CrossFit Game with a fourth place at the semifinals.
In workout four and five two eight places followed, placing Fiebig in seventh place before the final and deciding event. “I believed 100% that I could still make it to the top five in the last workout. My mantra is – I am the fire – and I went into the competition with that in mind.” And the fire was burning in Fiebig – after 40 calories on the Echo Bike, 20 bar muscle ups and 10 overhead squats with 100 kg, he crossed the finish line first in just 03:15.73 minutes, moving up to fourth place after the final workout. “That was the best feeling of my life. I’ve never been so happy in my life.”
Now it’s just under two and a half months until the 27-year-old will make the trip to Madison for the CrossFit Games. “I will now take a few days off and trying to realize what actually happened. Then I will start to work specifically and especially swim and run more. It will be a great experience!”
Competition weekend for Milena Thiele, Lisa Eble and Jana Geertz
While Moritz Fiebig together with Mats Cibis (21st) were the only German male participants at the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown at the weekend, a German woman had also qualified for this semifinal event. Jana Geertz ended up in 29th place after six events. “I respect my performance and accept the work that still lies ahead of me. I want to compete at the highest level, but I’m not ready for that yet,” Geertz wrote on Instagram after the end of the competition.
Lisa Eble finished sixth in the Classic event of the Lowlands Trowdown.
Weightlifting Shop athletes Lisa Eble and Milena Thiele, meanwhile, were in action last weekend at the Classic Event of the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown. While Eble finished the competition in a strong sixth place, Milena Thiele, who competed as part of the team event, ended up in eighth place.