Episode 11 Officially Amazing


Episode 11

Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. Contortionist Claudia Hughes is on the show, attempting a record involving eggs and her feet.


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# Officially, officially, officially

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# Amazing! #

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MUSIC: English Country Garden

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Today we're at Shires Hall, my modest country pile,

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and Claudia and I are sharing a lovely picnic.

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And she's told me she's going to be attempting the world record

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for the fastest time to put six eggs in egg cups.

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RECORD SCRATCH That sounds neither sensational

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nor superb, however,

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a gentleman should never tell a lady she's wrong.

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Mind...blown.

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Coming up on today's show...

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What do these magnificently caped strongmen plan to do with

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this giant tyre?

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And our three warriors combine wooden cutlery with a racket sport.

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Catchy. Or not.

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But first, a case of the bends.

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-Whoo!

-Ooh.

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MR AMAZING SCREAMS

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This is Claudia Hughes.

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Her flexible, bendable

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and startlingly stretchable body makes her an expert contortionist.

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Er, which apparently means she can resemble a human scorpion.

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Eat dinner with her feet and, oh, yes, very sensible,

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brush her teeth afterwards. Lovely!

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Today, Claudia will be attempting the record for...

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..which of course looks something like this.

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Now that's flex-ability!

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-So, Claudia, you're naturally bendy.

-Yes.

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But how much day-to-day training do you have to put in to ensure

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that you remain flexible?

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Um, I tend to do every other day, sort of two hours' training.

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Doing loads of conditioning, handstand holds,

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lots of sit-ups, press-ups, yes.

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-So it's physically tough.

-It is, yes.

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-Have you been breaking the record in practice?

-I have, actually, yes.

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A tough feat.

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Can the egg record be beaten?

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KER-TISSHH!

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Well, that's my best material used up already,

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so let's get to the rules.

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Claudia must pick up and place each egg in a cup using her feet only.

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The record to beat is six eggs placed in 27.42 seconds.

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Remember, Claudia's been contorting like this for years.

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So don't try it yourself, you might just snap.

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OUCH!

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Time to bend into that flabbergasting chest stand position.

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Three, two, one.

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Go!

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Ooh, it needs to be fully in to count.

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Oh, no, it's tipped over!

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Well, having broken the record in training,

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Claudia knows how tight the margins are.

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Once the egg was knocked over, the record time was out of her reach.

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Here's her second attempt.

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Go!

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A change of direction and a change of fortune.

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She's making quick progress, that's three!

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And a fourth - much better.

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Can she delicately nudge that fifth egg into place?

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One to go, don't crack now, Claudia!

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KLAXON

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That was more like it. Fabulous foot finesse at a fine speed.

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But has she beaten that record of 27.42 seconds?

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That attempt...

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..29.47.

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Oo-oo-ooh!

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Agonisingly close. Just two seconds off the record!

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Claudia's willing to try again, but because of the strain this

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position puts on her body, it'll be her final attempt.

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Go!

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This is another rapid start.

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Two down.

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Terrific toe technique!

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She can't afford a single mistake here.

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This is great pace. That's four in already.

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She's like greased egg whitening!

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No! She's dropped number five.

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Is the pressure on her body taking its toll?

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There's still a chance if she can drop it in quickly.

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KLAXON Chop their tops off, those eggs are done.

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It was a scramble with that fifth egg,

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but Claudia was so fleet of foot with the other five

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that she must be close to that 27 second target.

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Mark, how exactly did she do?

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In that attempt...

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-31.67.

-Ohh!

-Ohh.

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So close, but even Claudia's drastically elastic body

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couldn't quite match that super fast target.

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Now, from egg yolks to big blokes, with Al and Haruka.

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THEY STRAIN

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PHONE RINGS OFFICIALLY SIGHS

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Waaah!

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These two cape wearing gladiators guarding this giant wheel

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are Ervin Katona from Serbia and Lauri Nami from Estonia.

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They're hoping to break the world record for the...

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And you won't find tyres like this on your bike.

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This thing weighs a massive...

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And they'll need to flip it up and back down the course in under...

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..to beat Ervin's existing record.

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Hello.

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-Lauri's up first.

-KLAXON

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Oh, no! His superpowers have deserted him.

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He's paying the price for taking off that tremendous cape.

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Nothing to do with the cape, Al. He's carrying a muscle injury.

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This was always going to be a struggle.

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Until, sadly, he's had to abandon his attempt.

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Ervin's up next. Can he beat his own record?

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Without his cape? No.

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You do know their muscles do all the work?

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Try telling that to Superman.

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What?

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Wow! He's halfway already.

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And he doesn't even look...tyred.

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KER-TISHHH!

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I'll ignore that, Al.

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Why aren't these supermen wearing their pants on the outside,

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for extra power?

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I've no idea. But he's done it!

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The question is, was he under 43.22 seconds?

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Oh, yes.

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But if he had worn his super onesie, he would have been faster.

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Ugh. Now, from tyre flipping to chopsticking.

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Da-da!

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Hmmm.

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Uhh.

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THEY SCREAM

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Mmm.

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MUSIC: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly By Ennio Morricone

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Three men. One obsession.

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They must break world records of the kind that you can try at home.

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From back East...

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From out West...

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And from Bournemouth...

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Previously, on Officially Competitive...

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Our terrific trio deliberately went around and round in circles.

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And rapidly rotating Ray revolved to victory to go top of the table.

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Yeah!

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Today's Officially Competitive sees our three record-breaking

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legends go head-to-head in a heroic combination of racket sports

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and Oriental cutlery.

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And it's one we're all involved in.

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Yes, today's record is the...

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Oh, and it looks like that!

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Let's have the team talks.

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What can I do to make sure the team of Japan take this record?

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-TRANSLATION:

-Teamwork and timing are most important, Haruka.

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Catch and release, catch and release, that's the secret.

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BOTH: Team Japan!

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Fine words, but last time Cherry and Steve crossed sticks it was

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The Sizzler who came away with a world record.

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Steve, this is a two man record.

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-I'm quite excited about this.

-I'm not.

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-You're not?

-No.

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So are you referring to the amount of records that have been within

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our grasp and then have been cruelly snatched away by the hand of fate?

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Yes.

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Or, more likely, my feet crossing the line

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when we're throwing wet sponges.

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Or your throwing abilities with lemons.

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Oh, do you have to keep bringing it back to all my lack of skill?

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Yeah.

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Team UK's in disarray as usual.

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Can Team USA capitalise?

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Unlikely.

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All right, Ray, I'll be honest.

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This record involves chopsticks and you're not

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the best at chopsticks, and that's me being nice.

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If I wasn't being nice I'd say you suck.

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If I was being completely honest I'd be like, you really suck.

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So how are we going to do better, how are we going to beat Steve

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and Cherry?

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I don't know, Al.

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Team USA in no plan shocker! Let's get the rules.

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Shuttlecocks must be delivered by a legal badminton serve.

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Each shuttlecock must be placed in a bucket when caught.

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And the target for this new record is to

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catch 20 shuttlecocks in one minute.

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Let us begin this beautiful union of shuttlecock

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and chopstick that I'm calling Shuttlestick!

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Team America's up first.

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Three, two, one.

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Go!

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First serve.

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A catch and dispatched.

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They're off to a flying start.

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Ray has come third in every chopsticks challenge ever.

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But maybe today things will be different.

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Or maybe not.

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Shantha has allowed Team USA's two bucket approach.

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Yes, but Ray has to catch before he can release,

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and Al's serves are all over the place.

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He had to dive for that one.

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Over the net, Al.

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And he's clearly unhappy with the lack of service.

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Ooh! But that's a lovely catch.

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See? My serves aren't all bad.

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It's hard aiming at such a small target.

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KLAXON Attempt over. But Ray's still going for it!

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Amazing!

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Can he make the catch?

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No.

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Team UK are on court next.

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Go!

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Steve is a genuine chopstick champ. Look at the style!

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Look at the focus!

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Look at the... Oh, no.

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Yes, Steve is great with chopsticks.

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But the catching part of this record is proving tough.

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There's one!

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But it was less a catch, more a spearing.

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The chopstick impaled the shuttle and he had to free it with his hand.

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Is that legal?

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Nothing in the rules to say it's not.

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Yes! This skewering style seems to be working.

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Can he spike this one from Ben's latest looping lob?

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Oh, so close.

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Even the spearing doesn't seem to be working now.

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Oh-ho! Right in the chest. Steve looks broken.

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-Come on, Steve.

-Stop!

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Yes, his hard won reputation as chief of the chopsticks seems

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to have been thoroughly splintered.

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I thought my serves were fine, though.

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If you say so, Ben.

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Now, it's Team Japan.

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-Go!

-Haruka serves, chipping it into the air.

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Mr Cherry follows the smooth arc of the shuttle.

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And an immediate catch! Pure class.

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That wasn't badminton, that was goodminton.

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Ugh. Nice one, Ben.

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Our set up here is absolutely crucial.

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I'll say!

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There's no rule against the number of buckets

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and Team Japan have a whole line of them.

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So Mr Cherry can dispatch his catches with ease.

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It's 20 catches for the record and Team Japan look set on smashing it.

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Yes, they genuinely practised hard for this

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and Haruka's supremely accurate serving is helping Mr Cherry

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complete catch after catch after catch.

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Cherry-san waits until the shuttle is falling and then swoops,

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timing his strike to perfection.

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Like a cobra plucking doves out of the night sky.

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Stop!

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Uh, yes, just like that. Anyway, what a performance!

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Truly, tiny aviation at its very finest.

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But did we break a world record? Shantha?

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Yes, we did.

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ALL: Ooh!

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Now at this point there's absolutely no way of knowing who could

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have broken that record but please, Shantha, can you reveal the results?

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Well, in joint third place, with a total of four...

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is Team UK and Team USA.

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Equal last, Ray! That's better than usual for a chopstick challenge.

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So in first place, with a total of 23, it's Team Japan!

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Ton, ton, wonton, bad-u-min-ton!

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Unbelievable.

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Along with sponges in face and jelly in mouth,

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that's a third world record for Team Japan.

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And Mr Cherry is now top equal with US Ray.

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But can Steve level it up next time as our trio bare their soles

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and try to stomp their way to soggy supremacy?

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Join us then for more absolute amazingness like this.

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# Well, Claudia amazed with her bendy display

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# She used her feet to put eggs in cups

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# But her incredible contorting

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# And speedy egg sorting

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# Just weren't quite fast enough

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# Al and Ben had one to forget, serving over a badminton net

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# Ray and Steve didn't really catch a thing,

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# But team Japan got a record breaking win

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# And after this Ervin must be feeling ti-ired... #

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Hello.

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# But here come the rubbish bits

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# The outtakes! #

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PHFRRT!

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-Hooo!

-Push those arms straight.

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Cleu-u-ughh!

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SHE LAUGHS Cleu-u-ughh!

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Incredible contortionist Claudia Hughes is on the show, attempting a record involving eggs and her feet! Two men go tyre flipping in China. And our Officially Competitive contestants play badminton with chopsticks.


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