Ben Smith Wins 17.3 With A Blistering Time Of 17:17

Ben Smith 17.3

Another year, another Open workout with an ascending weightlifting ladder, another win for Kara Webb and Ben Smith. Here's the full video and a breakdown of Ben Smith's performance:



Here are his time's per series:

Series 1: 6+6 (95)


Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Pull ups 7.42 12.3 12.04
Snatches 23.74 28.95 34.12
Total time 31.16 41.25 46.16

Series 2: 7+5 (135)


Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Pull ups 15.98 17.43 17.44
Snatches 34.83 34.59 37.4
Total time 50.81 52.02 54.84

Series 3: 8+4 (185)


Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Pull ups 24.39 11.66 24.82
Snatches 46.51 43.5 41.98
Total time 70.9 55.16 66.8

Series 4: 9+3 (225)


Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Pull ups 30.64 33.64 36.23
Snatches 38.76 45.47 37.44
Total time 69.4 79.11 73.67

Series 5: 10+2 (245)


Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Pull ups 37.13 35.57 25.37
Snatches 30.91 29.18 35.67
Total time 68.04 64.75 61.04

Series 6: 11+1 (265)


Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Pull ups 43 28.87 19.91
Snatches 25.04 19.05 16.41
Total time 68.04 47.92 36.32

This is another absolutely masterful performance from one of the most consistent Games athletes who's ever competed. An interesting note in comparison to Kara Webb's performance is that Smith actually spent less time on the pull ups than Webb did, by about 45 seconds (7:13 vs 7:58). On the flip side, he spent about two more minutes on the snatches (10:03 vs 1:57).

While the percentages are about even in terms of each bar to Webb and Smith's respective maxes, I think Smith took longer on the snatches simply because the weight is heavier.
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