The best from the bunker. The world-famous Moscow State Circus attempt a fiendishly difficult juggling and leapfrogging record.
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Hello and welcome to Officially Amazing - The Best Of The Bunker.
Coming up - an almost impossibly tricky juggling record.
But first, shambolic scenes in...
Today our fantasticals face a ferocious feat...with their feet!
As they tackle the record for...
Here are the rules...
Competitors must walk for ten metres with their heels
and toes touching, one foot after the other.
If their heels and toes do not touch each other with every step,
then the attempt is void.
Ten metres in 10.58 seconds or under and it's a record.
Who do you think will walk off with the win?
Many of our Bunkerites
are predicting a US Ray victory.
Despite the fact that he's
clearly at a disadvantage with
the smallest feet.
Cherry San goes first.
-Mr Cherry, are you ready?
-No. Power up!
Are electro-powered disco shoes within the rules?
It's OK, Al, Cherry's shoes have no special powers other than
snazziness and snazzy doesn't break records.
Three, two, one, go!
And he's off.
The disco shoes doing their job of making Cherry look incredibly cool.
Oh, he nearly fell over his own feet there.
It's like tightrope walking without the tightrope.
Which is actually easier, but it's still tremendously tricky.
Cherry! Cherry! Cherry!
Oh! Oh, and another stumble at the halfway mark.
-Is he going to make the full ten metres?
The crowd are cheering him to the finish line.
Oh, a dramatic denouement there as Cherry trips over the line.
Now, to the man who could backflip this course - US Ray,
show them how a real athlete does it.
Three, two, one, go!
And apparently a real athlete does it in his socks.
But just look at him go!
Arms outstretched, knees bent, Ray's chosen the pretend to be
a jet plane approach to heel toe walking.
-Go on, Ray.
Oh, a flounder and a stumble at that tricky halfway point.
but this is furiously fast footwork.
Ray's not heel toe walking,
he's heel toe running.
And he somersaults over the line.
A spectacular finish followed by high-fives for the crowd.
But did Ray heel toe walk the full ten metres?
Shantha was in prime position.
Is a roly-poly valid?
Now, bring me some sizzling feet.
A lifetime of walking has led to this moment
and he's licking his lips in anticipation.
-Sensible walking shoes at the ready.
Go on, Steve.
This is precision pacing from Steve.
The man knows how to walk,
Go on, Sizzler. Oh!
But if there's one man who could
fall over thin air, it's Steve.
But he does recover.
The home crowd are loving it.
And rightly so with those footwork fireworks. Yeah!
And he's over the line
and the first competitor to cross it in an orderly fashion.
Slow and steady, that's my Sizz.
Well, we've had three heroic hikes,
but did anyone do it in under 10.58 seconds?
Shantha, do we have a record?
However, there is still
that all-important competitive point to play for.
Shantha, who's got it?
..you did an invalid attempt so you are disqualified.
Astonishment echoes through the Bunker as Cherry is quite
He recorded the fastest time.
But was disqualified for numerous
incidents of disco heel
not touching disco toe.
So it's Ray's socks versus Steve's sensible shoes.
Ray, you did an invalid attempt
-so you were disqualified.
Well, he foot-faulted repeatedly
and didn't complete the course.
This means there can be only one winner,
slow and steady has won the day.
..you did an invalid attempt
so you were also disqualified.
Oh. Steve messed it up as well.
The Bunker crew are dumbfounded.
We have a triple DQ situation, people. What does this mean?
It means they're all rubbish.
They've brought shame on this once noble competition
and no-one gets a point.
Right, what's next?
Juggling - not easy.
So, of course,
I've been asked to do it for the whole of the introduction.
Anyway, we're here today to see
some circus performers who are rather...
Yeah, take that! ..rather good at juggling.
So good, in fact, the record that they're going to do doesn't just
involve juggling, it also involves leapfrogging over each other.
Typical. Rubbing it in.
Yes, today we've caught up with the world-famous
Moscow State Circus to meet
Rinat and Linar.
Four genius jugglers from Russia.
They can juggle on barrels, juggle with their feet,
and juggle while playing my favourite pastime - leapfrog.
Which brings us to their record attempt...
Olga will lead the juggling while Ilya, Linar
and Rinat take turns to leapfrog each other 20 times.
It's a big ask under the big top.
Here are the rules.
Six clubs must be juggled continuously throughout the attempt.
If a club is dropped, the attempt is over.
And if they complete 20 leapfrogs in
one minute or under, it's a record.
So, do you think they can do it?
An unprecedented 95% of the Bunker crew think they can.
The team begin juggling to find their rhythm,
but the time won't start until the first leapfrog.
KLAXON SOUNDS And there it is.
And that's two and three leapfrogs down. Well, up, over and down.
That's six in under ten seconds.
But they've run out of space
so they need to retreat before starting a second set of six.
This really is unbelievably complex.
Watch what each leaper has to do.
Here Linar catches clubs from Olga
and Ilya as he leaps.
He juggles, then throws one to Olga
and one to the leaping Rinat
before finally lobbing a last club
to Olga through Rinat's legs!
And all that at lightning speed.
Flabbergasting club flinging.
Not forgetting Olga who holds a superbly steady juggling rhythm
while walking backwards.
12 leaps at the halfway point.
That's beyond world-record pace.
Just a few more needed here.
And that's 17. They're going to smash it on the first attempt...
They were heart-breakingly close.
But that club slips from Ilya's hand.
Just two leaps from glory and doesn't Ilya know it.
So, a second try then.
Oh, but that's an early drop.
A third go, but club meets floor once more.
Olga does not look impressed.
These are some of the world's best jugglers,
but even they can't pull off this intricate record.
With doubts in mind, they're having one final go.
Impeccable work so far.
And that's the first six down. Come on!
And the leapers are on fine form.
That's 12 leaps before the halfway point.
The record is on,
but fatigue is a real danger now.
That's 18, equalling their best attempt yet.
Just two more needed.
And that's 20. Yes.
A huge achievement in itself,
but did they do it in under one minute for the world record?
Over to official ringmaster Mark.
You achieved a time...
..of 58.25 seconds, which is a brand-new world record.
They cut it fine,
but what joyful jumpy jugglery from these circus sensations.
Now, meet Jessica, our chosen predictor of the day
and our best decision maker yet.
Our final record is...
And, wisely, she's chosen Steve and Cherry to attempt it,
leaving rubbish chopsticker Ray in the gunge tank of doom.
Only a time of less than 35 seconds
can save him from getting a gunging.
But just look at this...
Today, you managed...
They did it!
The first joint record for our competitors
and a great way to end the show. See you next time.
The world-famous Moscow State Circus attempt a fiendishly difficult juggling and leapfrogging record, and our Officially Competitive heroes compete in an unusually tricky walking record. Also, someone comes face to face with a tank full of gunge.