Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 15.5 and Recap

And it’s over!!

Despite the Opens being over for a couple of weeks already, our team had to wait until past Wednesday to know wether they were qualified for the CrossFit Games Meridian Regionals or not: The team leaderboard had to be re-sorted as the the individuals dropped out of their teams (this sounds more complicated than it is: 30 men and 30 women will go to the Regionals, their scores do not count anymore to the teams score and therefore the team leaderboard looks much different now than right after the Opens).

Long story short: This year only 20 teams from Europe qualify for the newly created Meridian Regionals (new super region, including Africa, read more here). We jumped from Rank 31 to 23 and therefore missed the qualification by 3 spots only.

Here is the re-sorted team leaderboard:

Final Team Leaderboard 2015 CrossFit Games Open

Final Team Leaderboard 2015 CrossFit Games Open

CrossFit Basel’s Headcoach Ramon Gysin recaps the CrossFit Games Opens:

„The 2015 CrossFit Season looks like it is a transition season for us:

Half of our last years very successful Regionals Team dropped out either because of injury or private decisions. But as we are known for a very broad competition class (bringing 20+ different athletes to the European Regionals since 2011) producing high level athletes from the scratch, this was just a normal challenge for us. New athletes stepped into the game and for example on the girls side two new athletes would have gone to Regionals in case we made it.

As CrossFit evolves as a sport, it gets harder to qualify for the most competitive events. Despite being better ranked than last year (31 before the adjustement of the team leaderboard compared to 34 in 2014), we did not qualify due to the change of the qualification mode: Only 20 Teams from Europe qualify, as opposed to 30 the last couple of years.

So we clearly missed our goal to qualify a team for the Regionals. But there is no reason to be mad about this. It is what it is and it gives us an important information: We have to do more, invest more, work harder. Nothing else. Very simple and also easily to manage. What has to be done is very clear.

We will find the most motivated athletes and will start focusing on next year already from next week on. There will be goal setting workshops to identify individual weaknesses, discussion about lifestyle and schedules.

As our foundation is very broad, we now need to work more on the top end. It’s simply not enough anymore to be a bunch of cool guys and girls who love to throw down with each other. As individual competition was already super tough the last couple of years, it seems to be the same with the team competitions now and for the future. We need 6-10 highly competitive athletes to qualify for Regionals 2016, we will find and build them. It is gonna be hard and dedicated work both from athletes and coaches. I am very much looking forward to it, bring the grind, don’t forget the fun of it!

Another change to previous years will be our presence in local european competitions. We are planning the season right now and will most likely show up in one or the other place.

Preparation for 2016 starts right now“

Last WOD, 15.5 ended on Monday night – what five weeks!! We were waiting for Thrusters and we got them:


27-21-15-9 reps for time of:
Row (calories)

Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.


Headcoach Ramon Gysin ended the spectacle with 15.5 on his own.

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Rankings in Europe:

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Men Overall: 

124. Benaja Wälchli

595. Tom Schwander

637. Fabian Tresch

1057. Joel Wächter

1154. Jona Harder

Men WOD 15.5: 

229. Joel Wächter (7:19)

349. Benaja Wälchli (7:37)

545. Tom Schwander (7:59)

902. Ramon Gysin (8:34)

1195. Jona Harder (8:55)

Women Overall: 

67. Alessia Wälchli

141. Nadine Steinger

246. Katrin Luethy

295. Nora Jäggi

263. Romina Wicki

Women WOD 15.5: 

54. Alessia Wälchli (8:10)

115. Nadine Steinger (8:50)

144. Nora Jäggi (9:00)

200. Romina Wicki (9:23)

637. Katrin Luethy (10:47)

Here you can find the leaderboard of all Swiss athletes:

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Here you can find the leaderboard of all CrossFIt Basel athletes:

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