Hungary's Laura Horváth wins gold at Crossfit Games

August 07. 2023. – 03:06 PM



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Laura Horváth has won the first place in this year's Crossfit Games, the unofficial world championship of one of the most popular modern sports, crossfit. The competition was held in Madison, Wisconsin.

During the four day-long competition, participants had to complete 12 sets of exercises. The Hungarian won five of them which included three of the last four sets, MTI reported. According to the competition's website, Horváth started the last day of the competition 48 points behind Emma Lawson, but took the lead by the fifth round of the day's first test and held it until the end of the championship.

With her victory, she earned the title of "Fittest Woman on Earth" and made sporting history by becoming the first Hungarian to win the CrossFit Games. The first prize comes with a prize money of $315,000 (around HUF 113 million).

Laura Horváth took part in the sport's top event for the first time in 2018 and immediately placed second, with experts already saying that she could be one of the great personalities of the sport in the future. She has been seriously involved in the sport since 2013, having previously been a wall climber until the age of 16. The 26-year-old finished second in 2021 and placed third last year.

Crossfit originated in the USA and is both the name of a training method and the name of the sport that evolved from it, usually defined as competitive fitness. The sport, which emerged in the early 2000s and has since become incredibly popular, involves participants competing against each other to complete a series of exercises comprised of different tasks. The exercises combine many forms of movement, and among others consist of weightlifting, plyometric – or explosive muscle building – exercises, powerlifting and gymnastics, and the creative variations of these used as a workout. They also include basic movements such as swimming, running, rowing and cycling. Crossfit is an open sport, meaning that registered gyms, rather than traditional sports clubs, serve as centres for the sport, of which there are thousands around the world.

Horváth was not the only successful Hungarian in the competition, as Mira Varga finished third among the 14-15 year olds.

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