Teamwork makes the dream work

It is heartbreak for Muir however that is just the start for Scotland’s CrossFit star


JENNIFER MUIR’S dream of a CrossFit Video games Finals look shall should be placed on maintain after the Scot got here up agonisingly quick in France final Sunday.

Heading into day three of the semi-finals, the 24-year-old from Kirkintilloch was positioned ninth, with the highest ten qualifying for the Finals in Fort Price, Texas, in August.

Having snatched fifth in Friday’s first occasion, Muir was in competition after day two regardless of a Twenty fifth-placed end in occasion two earlier than a top-four spot noticed her finish Saturday simply contained in the Finals qualification spots.

Nonetheless, with three occasions on Sunday, Muir noticed her possibilities slip away after struggling in occasion 4 to twenty seventh earlier than clawing again factors with a twentieth place in occasion 5.

Understanding she wanted an enormous efficiency within the ultimate occasion, Muir gave her all to report 18th place however finally got here up simply quick, ending in twelfth place total.

‘Clearly I’m gutted that I simply missed out, however I really feel it was the most effective I used to be going to get with the exercises that got,’ she stated.

Muir completes a snatch as a part of exercise 5 of the semi-finals

Day three started with a rowing and handstand walk workout

Day three began with a rowing and handstand stroll exercise

‘The weekend in all probability went in addition to it may have. All the things went higher than after I examined the exercises in coaching.

‘After they had been launched (the exercises), I wasn’t assured that I might make it as I knew they might be tough.

‘If I used to be given these exercises this time final 12 months, I might have performed lots worse and been additional down the pecking order. I’m pleased with the development and hungry for extra.

‘Final 12 months we had 11 spots to qualify and as Europe is so aggressive, we thought that we might have 12/13 spots. So when the exercises had been launched, I believed I might have an opportunity to qualify. I may actually have picked your high 10 that had been going from these exercises.’

The CrossFit season could also be over for Muir however the work is not going to cease. With Lyon performed and dusted, she opted to remain in France and go to Disneyland Paris earlier than returning to the each day grind again at Blueprint Efficiency in her hometown.

Nonetheless, much more work will should be performed away from the competitors ground.

Now a two-time CrossFit Video games semi-finalist, Muir is aware of that if she is to take her personal recreation to the subsequent stage, she wants extra time in competitions, which suggests extra sponsors to assist her fund her dream.

‘I’ve Proving grounds in Glasgow in October lined up, however nothing else is deliberate for on the minute as I can’t afford it,’ she admitted. ‘I will probably be working intently with my administration workforce to attempt to safe sponsors and funds to have the ability to compete full-time.

‘I’ve probably Wodapalooza as a workforce of three with Aimee Cringle and Ella Wilkinson underneath Constructed for Athlete.

Muir put herself in contention on day two after fi

The ultimate exercise of the weekend concerned muscle-ups,

MMuir put herself in contention on day two with a fourth-placed finish in workout three

MMuir put herself in competition on day two with a fourth-placed end in exercise three

‘Then I’m going to go for the Rogue invitational qualifiers which is being held in Aberdeen this 12 months when they’re launched in September.’

Lacking out on a spot on the Video games got here as a double blow for Muir as she not solely narrowly misses out on the Texas expertise, however may even lose her title of Fittest Lady within the UK, with that accolade passing to Cringle, who’s the only UK-based feminine athlete to complete inside the highest ten.

However the Scot prefers to not dwell on what has been misplaced and is as a substitute already trying to the longer term and subsequent 12 months’s Video games.

‘I’ll get higher on the sport and progress however, to be sincere, the UK women are so good that any of us may get it,’ stated Muir.

‘Truthfully, it’s hit and miss who will get that crown with the exercises that come up, however what I want to occur subsequent 12 months is that every one the UK women make it and we’re all preventing for the title on the 2025 Video games.’

After a seventh-placed end on day one, the reigning Fittest Ladies within the World, Laura Horvath from Hungary, comfortably booked her place within the Finals.

The 27-year-old gained two of the three occasions on Saturday — putting third within the different — and took victory in Sunday’s opener earlier than ending second within the fifth after which the ultimate occasions.

Within the males’s competitors, the UK can have a sole consultant in Harry Lightfoot. The 25-year-old may solely place twenty eighth finally 12 months’s penultimate stage however managed to combine it with the most effective Europe has to supply this time round and ebook his ticket to Texas originally of August.