Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. Two of the world's top freestyle unicyclists go head to head in a speed-hurdling record.
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# Officially, officially, officially # Amazing! #
Greetings, salutations and hearty felicitations.
Behold, another episodic instalment of authoritatively perplexing
He means welcome to officially amazing!
And here's what's coming up on today's show.
Our favourite super powered lung buster takes egg spinning to
new levels of awesome.
And a pair of fast
and furious unicyclists take on a sprint hurdling record.
But first, some rambunctious rotating.
It's an ancient story passed down through generations of three daring
dynamos competing for world record titles that you could try at home.
They are, for America,
wondrous warrior, US Ray.
For the United Kingdom, gallant goliath, Sizzling Steve.
And for Japan, tantalising titan, Mr Cherry.
Previously, on Officially Competitive.
Mr Cherry's debonair derriere waddled its way to a win in the speed
bum walk, putting the score board deliciously deadlocked.
But today's challenge is all about bums on seats
as our legends take on the record for
Earlier on I witnessed The Sizzler in training. Prepare to be amazed.
All right, Steve, let's see your record pace.
Keep going, Steve.
We've got all day.
It's quite a privilege to watch such an icon at work.
But Ray's still going to beat him.
I know you've been training for this.
I'm a little worried that you're going to get dizzy,
how are you going to avoid that?
Embrace the spin. Get the record and the win.
What if you get really dizzy and you start to throw up?
Suck it up.
That's disgusting and informative.
Ugh. Team USA in oversharing mode.
Now, some words of hope from Cherry-san.
Do you have any message to Ray and Steve?
-I wish them luck and happy spinning.
I just hope none of us spin clear off 't chair.
We all hope that, Cherry. It would certainly be against the rules.
Competitors must be sat on their chair throughout.
They may only use their feet to increase spinning.
And only full 360 degree rotations will count.
The record to beat is a dizzying 40 rotations in 30 seconds.
And first on the chair is Mr Cherry.
Helmets are on today.
You can't be too careful when it comes to flailing office furniture.
Three! Two! One!
A bellowing battle cry from the big man. He wants this.
Ninja feet, ninja feet.
Cherry's feet are harnessing the power of ancient ninja
warriors to help him spin his office chair.
Sounds like he's giving this everything.
- Kaaa-ooo! Kaa-ba!
Yes, Al. If we cut to helmet cam, you can
see in his eyes just how much Cherry is giving to this attempt.
He's almost out of control!
Five! Four! Three!
- Two! One!
Cherry-san, kochi kochi.
A valiant effort from Cherry.
But the Sizzler has a secret anti-slip weapon.
A patriotic carpet.
Steve, are you ready?
- Uh, yeah, I think so.
I've never seen him so fired up.
-Come on, Steve.
You've got me in a spin, Sizzler.
Sizzler's gone for the classic single foot spinning technique.
And he is gyrating like a dream.
Oooh, Steve's switched feet. He's lefty powered now.
'Ambidextrous feet are of course a must for pro chair spinning.'
He's going off-rug!
Let's go to helmet cam to see how that's affected him.
Hmm. It's hard to tell.
Dizzy Sizzy is a complicated beast, Haruka!
Not bad, Steve.
But there's only one record breaking revolver around here.
And, in a remarkable act of sportsmanship,
Sizzler has lent Ray his patriotic rug.
Time to spin it to win it, baby.
-Let's do this.
is there any final thing that you want to do before your attempt?
Aww, yeah. US Ray. Let's go.
Let's go, Ray, come on!
'This spinner's a winner!'
Ray is a one footed chair rotator of some esteem.
That star spangled leg makes my heart swell.
Ray's demonstrating a very smooth spin.
But the pursed lips evident on helmet cam tell another story.
So focused, he's spun off the patriotic rug as well.
Let's go, let's go, pick it up, pick it up.
Ray made twirling around on a spinny chair look easy.
But did he do enough to win and take the lead in the competition?
And did anyone surpass that target of 40 rotations?
Shantha, did we break a world record?
Shantha, can you please reveal the results?
In third place, with 24 spins, is...
And in first place
With 28 spins, is...
Yes! Yes, yes.
An uncharacteristically balletic celebration from Team USA.
Ooh! And now some modern dance!
My man Ray beat Cherry by just two spins
to return to the top of the league.
But who knows what will happen next time
when our heroes battle with shuttlecocks and chopsticks.
For now, Al and Haruka have exciting news from China.
Welcome to China and the return of the Incredible Ding!
Ding is the fireman with meteoric lungs,
who we last saw in series three, breaking the world record
for fastest time to blow up a balloon using a 100 metre long fire hose.
Now, if we can have some quiet, please.
I believe Ding himself is going to explain today's lung busting feat.
-I'm going to put these here eggs in glasses, then blow on them
so hard they flip over and their red bottoms go to the top.
If I do it more than 30 times in a minute,
I'll break my own world record. Nya-ha-ha!
So, Ding will attempt the record for...
And if you think that sounds easy, watch this mere mortal have a go.
I think we've proved this is a near impossible task.
But the crowd love it anyway.
He must have lungs the size of spacehoppers!
Ding's powerful breath creates a formidable jet stream of wind,
which forces the eggs up and over.
They're coming right out of the glass.
Ding doesn't know the strength of his own breath.
I'm struggling to think of a practical use for this skill,
but I like it.
A masterful display of puffing. And time's up.
Has Ding beaten his own record of 30 eggs?
Ding dong merrily on high.
Now, over to Ben for some preposterous pedal power.
We first met freestyle unicyclists Mark Taylor
and Simon Berry in series four as part of Team Voodoo,
who smashed the spectacular
4 x 50 metre hurdle relay world record.
And now they're back, but this time they're rivals.
Yes, today Simon and Mike will go wheel to wheel,
competing for the world record for...
The objects in question are hurdles. And the men in question are here.
Last time each of you did one 50 metre lap.
This time it's double the distance, is that going to take its toll?
-I mean after the fifth hurdle, it was getting...
Pretty tiring. This is going to really test our endurance.
Is there one who you think might just edge it or is there
anything to separate you?
It's extremely hard to tell, isn't it?
Yes. I feel like Mike is much more comfortable in the jumps than I am.
In terms of straight line speed I'm probably quicker.
-But in terms of the jumps you're...
-It's going to be very interesting.
And the first hurdles to clear are the rules.
The hurdles must be at least 65 centimetres tall.
The ten hurdles must be set over a course of 100 metres.
And if a unicycle or unicyclist touches a hurdle the attempt
The record was set by German rider Lutz Eichholz back in series
two, and stands at...
Can Simon or Mike bring the record to Britain?
Simon's up first.
Oh, it's a quick start, come on.
Simon's soaring over the hurdles with room to spare.
Look how he uses his left arm to propel himself up and over.
Come on, Simon.
Every leap is immaculate and he's so much faster than I expected.
Four hurdles left!
Pace all right, this is a pace.
Yes. Two more to go, come on, Simon.
One more, last one, let's do this.
A huge leap over the final hurdle. What a run from Simon.
-That was super quick.
I mean that was incredibly fast.
I think it's time for you to have a go, Mike. How are you feeling?
After that run? That was a pretty good run.
Is that beatable?
Ohh, fighting talk! Come on, let's go.
After Simon's valiant vaulting, Mike needs something special just
to beat him, let alone trouble the record.
And Mike's off to a flyer.
He twists over the hurdles, bending his knees to get extra height.
Yes, it's a good pace
'The record could be in serious trouble here.'
Three more to go now.
Mike's going so fast the cameraman's sprinting to keep up.
Not so the sluggish sound department.
Take your time.
Ooh, just the two.
'Another monumental monowheeled effort. But was it fast enough to
'beat Simon and...'
..Do we have a world record?
The record to beat today was a time of 1 minute 46.44 seconds.
The differences in time between each of your runs was just...
So, with a time of 35.3 seconds...
Smashing the record by over a minute!
..and the new Guinness World Records title holder
it's Simon! Congratulations.
A sensational performance from Simon!
In fact, both guys obliterated the previous record.
What a way to end the show!
Until next time, friends,
when we'll return with more dizzying delights like these.
# Well, our boys were in a spin
# For a competitive win
# And a record for office chair rotation
# Steve and Cherry did great
# But Ray's 28
# Were a cause for this lovely celebration
# We saw Simon battle with Mike
# On their speedy one-wheeled bikes
# And over those ten tricky jumps
# Simon came up trumps
# And Ding's egg blowing was no yolking matter
# But here come the rubbish bits
# The outtakes! #
JAMES BOND THEME PLAYS
Oh! Well, hello there, Mr Bond.
We've been expecting you.
Just doing a little nugget for any movie producers
that are looking for a fresh face, you know.
Two of the world's top freestyle unicyclists go head to head in a speed-hurdling record. Also, Chinese firefighter Ding blows us all away with his incredible lung capacity, and Sizzling Steve, US Ray and Mr Cherry go to dizzying heights in a record involving spinning chairs.