This is the second installment of the Complete 2009 CrossFit Games videos. Here is complete coverage of the Men’s Deadlift Event.
This event was the first of its kind: athletes were tasked with lifting one heavy deadlift every 30 seconds until they failed. Athletes started at 315 lb., and if they continued successfully, traveled through 20 bars, each 10 lb. heavier than the last, until the final 505-lb. bar was reached. And, this was about an hour after that brutal 7-kilometer run.
“If it takes you 30 minutes to do the run, you have an hour break, because at 10 o’clock on the dot, we’re starting the deadlift,” Dave Castro said to the competitors before the run. “If it takes you an hour to do the run, you have 30 minutes to rest. If it takes you 75 minutes, you’re out of the competition.”
We now know how strong these athletes actually were, but at the time, there was widely varying speculation. Very few spectators thought the heaviest bars would leave the ground after such a difficult run, and no one expected athletes to be setting PRs. But in spite of such outrageous conditions, 16 men lifted all 20 bars, and many more ended up with PRs in the process.
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