CrossFit Games Regionals and Sanctional Guide – Europe

We’re back with another ultimate guide to Sanctionals! These detail which Sanctionals have replaced your favorite CrossFit Games Regionals events. On the menu for today? The CrossFit Europe Regional!

This guide gives you a breakdown of CrossFit’s 2019 and 2020 Sanctional events in Europe. We’ve divided our guides into the markets which served CrossFit Regional events. Bookmark this guide, and we’ll keep it updated when Sanctional news comes out.

Remember, the 2018 CrossFit Open fed into regional events. This changes in 2019: there are no more CrossFit Regionals.

  • The CrossFit Games Open 2019 event feeds right into the CrossFit Games.
  • Athletes won’t have to make a CrossFit Regionals 2019 appearance.
  • Because of changes at CrossFit, CrossFit Regionals Events are now sanctioned qualifiers. CrossFit has coined the term “Sanctionals”.

These changes allow CrossFit to keep higher engagement in the CrossFit Open. At the same time, they no longer pay the higher cost of the Reebok CrossFit Regionals. Without the CrossFit Games Regionals 2019 season, CrossFit has reclaimed some lost cash.

Replacing the Berlin CrossFit Regional’s 2018 event are many 2019 and 2020 Sanctionals. Europe benefits greatly from these changes, jumping to seven Sanctional events by 2020.

Read our ultimate guide to the North American CrossFit Sanctionals.

European CrossFit Games Regionals

The European CrossFit Regional 2018 event was fantastic. Held in Berlin at the Velodrom, it qualified five men and five women to the CrossFit Games:

CrossFit Europe Regional Winners

Top men at the CrossFit Games Regionals Europe event were:

  • Roman Khrennikov*
  • Adrian Mundwiler
  • Lukas Hogberg
  • Andrey Ganin**
  • BK Gudmundsson
  • Frederik Aegidius

Top women at the Europe CrossFit Regionals were:

  • Annie Thorisdottir
  • Laura Horvath
  • Sara Sigmundsdottir
  • Kristin Holte
  • Camille Salomonsson Hellman

*Roman Khrennikov could have been the first competitor to at the Games from Russia. Unfortunately, the political climate did not allow him to get a visa.
**CrossFit disqualified Andre Ganin from participating after failing a drug test.

CrossFit Strength in Depth was the first major European CrossFit Sanctional. Image courtesy of Morning Chalk Up

CrossFit Strength in Depth

Held at ExCel London, CrossFit Strength in Depth was a natural fit for the first European Sanctional. It brought the return of Roman Khrennikov, along with many other notable athletes.

Strength in Depth Leaderboard
  1. Bronislaw Olenkowicz and Sara Sigmundsdottir
  2. Drew Wayman and Jamie Greene
  3. David Shorunke and Dani Speegle
  4. Roman Khrennikov and Thuri Helgadottir
  5. Elliot Simmonds and Jessica Griffith

February 22, 2019


ExCel, London, England

The Reykjavik CrossFit Championship 2019 takes place in early May. Photo courtesy of Reykjavik CrossFit Championship and CrossFit

Reykjavik CrossFit Championship

CrossFitters are embracing Iceland as one of the coolest upcoming Sanctional locations. Set at the historic Laugardalsholl in Reykjavik, this event event features a mountain run.


May 3, 2019


Laugardalsholl in Reykjavik, Iceland

The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown is being held in the Netherlands in May. Logo courtesy of The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown.

The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown


May 31, 2019


Omnisport Arena in Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands

The Reebok CrossFit French Throwdown adds another European nation to the list of CrossFit Sanctional events. Logo courtesy of the French Throwdown.

CrossFit French Throwdown


June 28, 2019


Vélodrome National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

CrossFit Filthy 150 brings Sanctional events to Ireland in 2020. Logo courtesy of CrossFit and Filthy 150.

CrossFit Filthy 150 (2020 CrossFit Games Season)


November 22, 2019


Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin, Ireland

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The Norwegian CrossFit Championship becomes a Sanctional for the 2020 season and will start in February. Logo courtesy of Norwegian CrossFit Championship.

Norwegian CrossFit Championship (2020 CrossFit Games Season)


February 14, 2020


Gol, Norway

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Last but not least on our list os the German Throwdown, which joins the Sanctionals Cohort for the 2020 season. Image courtesy of the German Throwdown

CrossFit German Throwdown (2020 CrossFit Games Season)


March 2020


Mainz, Germany

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