My region is tougher! No, mine is.
We have observed recent discussions about which Region is the fittest, that is, which region requires the highest scores to qualify for the next phase of competition. We provide an answer and a ranking. Our methodology is as follows:
We gathered the 2015 Open results from the top performers in each region. “Top performers” refers to the number of athletes who qualify from each region, so 10 from Africa, Asia and Latin America, 30 from Australia and Europe and top 20 from everywhere else. We then took the averages of each Region's top 10/20/30 performers in each workout and ranked them from 1 to 17 and added them. Just as an individual athlete’s total score is the sum of their rankings across the Open WODs, the Region’s scores are the rankings of their top performers’ averages. The Region with the lowest score is the toughest to qualify.
We did not look at whether athletes accepted Regional invitations, competed with teams, and so on. We cannot account for personal preferences. We simply looked at the scores of the athletes who scored high enough to earn invitations.
We recognize this methodology isn’t perfect. Three or four outstanding performers does not necessarily make it harder to qualify for the next round, but will move the averages (and therefore the region’s rank) higher. Furthermore, applicability to 2016 is imperfect, as athletes relocate and the nature of the tests may vary slightly. With that said, here are the regions ranked by difficulty of individual Super-Regional qualification:
REGIONAL RANKINGS: MEN
Regional Rankings: Women
We hope that clears everything up (yeah, right!)
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