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March 23, 2016

16.4 Recap + Videos: Josh Bridges, Julie Abildgaard win 16.4

Written by Damect Dominguez

On the Men’s Side

The fourth workout of the 2016 CrossFit Games Open is in the books, and for the second time in the competition Games veteran Josh Bridges has posted the top score. Bridges, 32, posted a total score of 330 reps, completing all 55 wall balls on the second round. Bridges has set the world’s best score on an Open workout seven times, putting him in a dead tie for the lead on total Open workout wins with Sam Briggs. Yet, Bridges has never won the Open outright. With two workout victories to his name already, could 2016 finally be the year he accomplishes that feat?

Bridges’ video submission has been the subject of some controversy, with many ‘online judges’ critiquing the validity of his deadlifts and his handstand push-ups as good reps. Yet CrossFit HQ has accepted his video submission, so Bridges is the victor of 16.4.

16.4 Men’s top 3

1. Josh Bridges (330 reps)
2. Rich Froning (315)
3. Travis Mayer (314)

On the Women’s Side

On the women’s side, Danish team competitor Julie Abildgaard scored 318 reps, meaning she completed 43 wall balls in the second round of the workout. Abildgaard is a two-time Regional team competitor, and her squad (Team CrossFit Copenhagen 1) currently sits in 3rd in Europe. Sara Sigmundsdottir decided to redo the workout since she competed at the live announcement last Thursday, posting an improved score of 316. Katrin Davidsdottir also gave 16.4 another try, hitting 282 reps (22nd worldwide).

16.4 Women’s top 3

1. Julie Abildgaard (318)
2. Sara Sigmundsdottir (316)
3. Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault (314)

There were also some outstanding performances across the other Divisions for 16.4, including a monster 305 reps by Tim Pearson in the Boys 14-15 Division, 276 reps by Will Powell in the Men’s 55-59 Division, and this incredible effort by adaptive athlete Zack Ruhl, who hit 1 round and 9 reps!

A video posted by Zack Ruhl (@pitbullruhl) on

Though the leaderboard is still being adjusted, the current top 3 for the men and women looks like this:

Men’s Top 3

Noah Ohlsen (38)
Josh Bridges (41)
Kyle Frankenfeld (47)

Women’s Top 3

Jamie Green (23)
Samantha Briggs (28)
Annie Thorisdottir (38)

The live announcement for the final workout of the 2016 Open, 16.5, will be held at the Ranch in Aromas, California, and streamed to starting at 4:45 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 24. And it’s going to be a barn-burner.

Four-time champion Rich Froning, reigning champion Ben Smith, and two-time silver medalist Mat Fraser will compete head to head in a titanic match-up.

About Damect Dominguez

Co-founder of BoxLife Magazine. Author: Training Day: 400+ Workouts to Incorporate in Your Training.

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