Episode 8 Officially Amazing


Episode 8

Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. Ben meets an awesome 'tricker' who attempts the spectacular record for twisted moon kicks.


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If it's earth-tremblingly exciting...

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..breathtakingly brilliant...

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..and downright doolally world-records you're after,

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then have we got news for you?

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-Have we?

-Yes, Al, thank you for asking(!)

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Coming up...

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..unprecedented scenes in the Secret Bunker as the Sizzler quits!

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What on earth is this guy doing?

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I hope he doesn't... Aargh!

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But first, time to limber up.

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Grr!

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Aargh!

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Meet Hadyn Wiseman,

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a champion in the officially awesome sport of tricking -

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a combination of martial arts, gymnastics and breakdancing.

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Today, Hadyn will attempt to break the world record for...

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A twisted moon kick is an airborne kick

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with a full 360 degree rotation.

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The current record of 18 has stood for 10 years!

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This is not going to be easy.

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-So it's the most twisted moon kicks in a minute?

-Yep.

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How hard is one of these, because they sound incredibly intense?

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-So, one isn't too difficult.

-Right!

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But when you're going for as many as you can in a minute,

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it does get tough after about the 10th, stamina wise.

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You get dizzy and stuff like this.

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The whole of tricking sounds so cool.

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I imagine your job, day-to-day, is also pretty cool, right?

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I don't know, spy or stuntman?

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Superhero, maybe?

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I'm actually an accountant.

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An accountant?! Aren't they supposed to be boring?

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He's a back-flipping, number-crunching ninja!

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-Hadyn, great to meet you, good luck today.

-Thanks a lot.

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Here are the rules -

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each moon kick must twist for a full 360 degrees,

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Hadyn must take off and land on one foot only,

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and he must complete all kicks inside a marked-out circle.

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The record to beat is 18 twisted moon kicks in one minute.

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This record puts so much strain on the body

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that Hadyn can only manage one attempt.

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It's now or never.

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Three,

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two,

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one - go!

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Wow!

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Hadyn's off to an incredible start.

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Just one moon kick takes so much strength,

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yet Hadyn's doing it over and over.

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And look how much the floor quakes with the force of every landing.

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This is so tough.

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30 seconds.

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Halfway through, and Hadyn's already done 13 kicks.

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That's record-breaking pace. Can he keep it up?

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Ooh, did Hadyn land on one or two feet there?

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Remember, only one-footed landings are valid.

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Was that two feet again?

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This could cost him.

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Hadyn's really tiring now.

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Come on, this is it, come on.

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Going great, keep it up!

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He's getting so dizzy.

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Last push now.

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-Come on!

-Five...

-Come on, Hadyn!

-Four...

-No!

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-Come on!

-Three, two...

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-One more!

-One, time.

-Yes, yes!

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-Hadyn, put it there. Are you OK?

-Yeah.

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What an effort!

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Hadyn had nothing left in the tank there, but he just kept going.

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-Hadyn, that looked exhausting.

-It was.

-Were you happy with it?

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-Not really.

-No?

-It's gone much better in training.

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He doesn't seem confident.

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Has Hadyn beaten that decade-old record of 18?

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Do we have a result?

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Well, we had to disqualify three because you landed on both feet.

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Two further were disqualified

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because you put your hand down on your landing.

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So that leaves you with a total...

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of 17.

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Aw!

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Agonisingly close, Hadyn.

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Yeah, that's closer than I thought it was going to be.

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-If two or three were disqualified...

-Devastation for Hadyn.

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He gave it absolutely everything,

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and if just one of those disqualified kicks had been valid,

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Hadyn would have matched the record.

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A truly outstanding effort, but that 10-year-old record lives on.

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Let's cheer ourselves up by joining Al and Haruka in China.

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Aargh!

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Meet...

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Today, they'll attempt the record for...

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The balloons are 30 metres in the air.

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Linked by a 18 metre pole that's only five centimetres wide!

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And they have to walk it in less then 38.5 seconds!

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Freddy's up first.

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And he's wasting no time!

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He's running across that five centimetre pole faster than

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I can run on the ground.

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He's safely over.

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And he's demolished the record! 12.7 seconds!

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That's 25 seconds wiped off the world's best time!

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How will Maurizio compete with that?

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He's off to a great start.

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Perfect balancing skill and... Oh, no!

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Mayday! Mayday! Man overboard!

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His foot slipped and he fell right off! Terrifying!

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But the harness saved him. What a heroic piece of safety equipment!

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Courageously, after that, Maurizio went again.

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And the only thing to fall was Freddy's record.

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Then, incredible Aisikaier stepped up and beat them both.

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But Freddy's not having that, he wants his record back.

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Looks fast, has he beaten 8.26 seconds?

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SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE

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7.49 seconds!

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Unbelievable record-breaking brilliance!

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Freddy joins an elite group of gravity-defying record breakers.

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# I'm defying gravity

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# I'm not lying, look at me

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# And if you don't like what you see

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# Then I'll fly away

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# Truffles the guinea pig

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# Jumped a gap that was so big

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# A rodent so strong leaping 48 centimetres long

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# If you think that's funny

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# How about a high-jumping bunny?

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# Tosen the rabbit had quite a habit of jumping high up in the sky

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# Now when people get old, do you think they stop having fun?

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# There's a few old record breakers, look at the things they've done

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# Like Dorothy Simpson, gravity defying,

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# 79, zero-gravity flying

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# Or Emma Carrol, aged 109

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# In a hot-air balloon and she had a great time

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# One more thing

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# Sourabhee loved to sing

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# She wears the record crown

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# For longest time singing upside down

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# We're defying gravity

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# I'm not lying, look at me

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# And if you don't like what you see

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# Then we'll fly away

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# Hey! #

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Hup, hup, yaaahh...

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-Aargh!

-CROWD GASPS

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One hermetically sealed bunker and three intrepid opponents

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competing for 15 world records that you could try at home.

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For Team America, the irrepressible US Ray.

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For Team UK, the electrifying wonder of Sizzling Steve!

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And representing Japan, two-time titanic champion,

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Mr Cherry!

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Welcome to...

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Last time, Ray pingingly-pongingly propelled himself

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to his first world record of the series.

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Leaving the scores level and the excitement stratospheric.

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Today, three fine physical specimens will be trying to break

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a brand-new record that requires three key things -

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speed,

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skill,

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and eyes in the back of your bottom?

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Yes, today our titans will tackle the record for...

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It's going to tough, but it's a physical challenge,

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which is A-OK for US Ray.

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Which one's more important, your arms or your legs?

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Fast feet, fast hands, you've got to use them both together.

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So do you think your arms

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and your legs will get you close to the 25 second world record?

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-100%.

-That's a confident man.

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-THEY CHANT:

-US Ray! US Ray! US Ray!

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Yeah!

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WEAK CHANTING: Sizzling Steve! Sizzling...

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No, my heart's just not in it.

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Tell me, what's in the Sizzler's locker?

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Nothing.

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I've got a doctor's note from last year.

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-What do you mean?

-I won't be doing this record this year.

-Whoa!

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What exactly's wrong with you?

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I damaged my wrist on the crab walk last year, Ben.

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And you've actually managed to convince a doctor

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-to write you a note to this effect?

-Yes.

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So Steve is claiming that this, a year ago,

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has ruled him out of competing?

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Is it all over for Team UK?

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Far from it, Jackson!

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-I'm going to be the proxy Sizzler, yes?

-Yes.

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So can you give me some tips

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on how I should go about attempting this record?

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Just get down on all fours, just like this...

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Oh, it's demo time.

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..and walk backwards.

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You can do 50 metres, can't you?

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How's that wrist? Looks fine.

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Ooh, Ben might regret this!

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Cherry's been training with Kenichi Ito,

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former world record holder at running forwards on all fours.

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You've been training with Kenichi Ito?

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-TRANSLATION:

-That's right, love.

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He's taught me how to run, and the special food I must eat.

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What about the special food?

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Secret!

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-TRANSLATION:

-Mind your own business, you!

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Mysterious scenes.

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I suppose I should learn the rules.

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Our competitors must cover the whole 50 metres on all fours,

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and they must travel feet first, head last.

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The target is a stupendously fast 25 seconds.

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I'm up first. Better warm up the old muscles.

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DANCE OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY PLAYS

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BREAKS WIND IN TIME WITH THE MUSIC

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Good to go!

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Ben, are you ready?

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BREAKS WIND Ready!

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Three,

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two,

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one - go!

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And sizzling Ben is off!

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But what's going on with your legs, Benny Boy?

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I don't know, Al! Everything feels very weird!

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-Go!

-Go, Ben.

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-How far?

-Almost there.

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Thanks for the support, Sizzler!

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Next time you've got skive-a-litis, you're on your own!

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Oh, dear, I think the 25 second target might be long gone.

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-ALL:

-Go, go!

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Let's go, Benny! Let's go!

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CHEERING

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I underestimated that in the extreme!

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A valiant effort from the world's only Sizzling Steve tribute act.

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Now it's time for a real athlete to take to the track.

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Go!

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Get this record, man. Whoo! There you go.

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Just look at the length of Ray's stride.

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World-class technique!

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There you go, get this record!

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Come on, Ray, you can do it.

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Oh, you cheer now, Steve!

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Although he is quite good, I suppose.

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-There we go!

-Go on, Ray!

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Yes, here you go.

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Al Jackson there, struggling to keep up

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while running conventionally.

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Whatever, Floppy Legs.

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Faster, faster! Pow, pow, pow!

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There we go, all right!

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I bet he smashed that 25 second target!

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Spectacular speed.

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But Cherry has trained hard for this one.

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Three,

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two,

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one - go!

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Hai, hai, hai!

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What a start!

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He's so light on his hands and feet,

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he's almost gliding across the ground!

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Hurry, hurry!

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He has a gorgeous, upright stance. I think he copied me.

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Team Japan! Cherry, ganbare!

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This is scary fast!

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Mo ichi do! Iku! Iku!

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Oh, iku! Yay!

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And Cherry backflips over the line! What a run!

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Spider! Back to spider!

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We've witnessed three ridiculously rapid runs.

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OK, two.

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But did anyone beat that 25 second minimum target?

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Do we have a new world record?

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We do!

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ALL: Yes!

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Could it be me...?

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In third place, with a time of 51.69 seconds...

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More than twice the target.

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..was Ben.

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Team UK, celebrating last place there.

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Now, both Mr Cherry and Ray beat the minimum.

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One was four seconds quicker than the other.

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With a time of 20.45 seconds, the winner is...

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..Mr Cherry!

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Cherry claims his second world record of the series!

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Heartbreak for Ray.

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He smashed the record, but still tasted cherry-flavoured defeat.

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Cherry's triumph puts him where he belongs,

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in the lead!

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But will he stay there?

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Find out next time

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when we return with more rump-tastic records like these...

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# Well, Steve went absent without leave

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# And into the breach stepped Ben BREAKS WIND

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# He had a good go, but he was really, really slow

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# And was beaten by two better sportsmen

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# Hadyn Wiseman thrilled with his acrobatic skills

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# Those awesome twisted moon kicks in the end didn't quite do the trick

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# And the ultimate star on the air balloon bar is Fast Freddy

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# But here come the rubbish bits

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# The outtakes! #

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Just take a look at this...

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-Oh...

-PROLONGED CREAKING

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Ooh, not as young as I used to be!

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Ben meets an awesome 'tricker' who attempts the spectacular record for twisted moon kicks. Sizzling Steve walks out of the Officially Competitive challenge, and we witness tightrope walking between two hot-air balloons!


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