Episode 14 Officially Amazing


Episode 14

Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. Two jet skiers attempt a record for backflips, and there's an acrobatic human jenga record from China.


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# Officially, officially, officially... Amazing! #

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ENGINES REV

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Ahoy there, me hearties. 'Tis I,

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Cap'n Ben Shires of the good ship Officially Amazing. Sail...

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THWACK Come on.

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Sailing the seven seas in search of the most fantastic of

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record-breaking talent.

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I taught them everything they know.

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Here's what else is coming up on today's show.

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SEAGULL POOPS

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Oh, come on. Right on the poop deck. The irony!

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Worrying times for the Sizzler as Cherry and Ray try to pilfer

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one of his world records.

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And what in the name of Al Jackson are these people doing?

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Find out soon, but first,

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I'm putting my sea legs back on.

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Woohoo!

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Oh! Ah!

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We first met awesome aqua-bikers Dan Rowan and Liam Mellot

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in series four,

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competing against each other in a bonkers barrel roll world record.

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Now they're back, and this time, they're joining forces.

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Yes, Dan and Liam will work together to attempt the record for the...

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Synchro-nice.

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Welcome back to Officially Amazing.

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Now, last time, of course, Dan, you took the record home, but you two

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-are back friends again now?

-Yeah, of course.

-Of course.

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-Built it back up.

-Excellent.

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This time, it's backflips together.

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Presumably, it's going to be a bit easier.

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Not really. We've got to get them

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exactly the same time, which adds a whole new element to the record.

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Well, that sounds positive. Here are the rules.

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The aqua-bikes must take off and land at the exact same time.

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Only full revolutions of the Jet Ski will count, and the target

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for this brand-new world record

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is ten synchronised backflips in one minute.

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Dan and Liam are professionals using specialised equipment,

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but this is such a dangerous record,

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we have Dave the medic on standby. Give us a smile, Dave.

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Time starts when they begin their first flip.

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KLAXON BLARES

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ENGINES REV

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And they've started with a double flip!

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But were they in perfect unison?

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Watch how Dan and Liam create a wake in the water,

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then spin around to ride the wave into the backflips.

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They're going for double somersaults each time

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to try and squeeze more flips into their minute.

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There just wasn't the synchronicity there, and that's what they need.

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Oh, and Liam's crashed out. Will that flip count?

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-KLAXON BLARES

-Time.

-OK, stop!

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Some astonishing aqua-batics from Liam and Dan,

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but did they manage ten synchronised flips?

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They achieved...

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-seven.

-Oh.

-Seven!

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On their second attempt, the boys pushed things even further

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to try and land that magic ten, but...

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-Just nine.

-Ah.

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Oh, one flip short of the record.

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The boys are now physically exhausted.

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Have they got any chance on their third and final attempt?

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Find out after Al and Haruka bring us some

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ludicrous land-based flipping.

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Ooh-ooh!

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-Ooh-ooh!

-Ah!

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Welcome to China, where the Tagou Wushu school are about

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to attempt the record for the...

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Wow, look at them!

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What discipline!

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What wonderful colour-coded onesies!

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What beautiful tiny horses!

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Al, they're ponies.

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This is no time for zoology, Haruka.

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Can they somersault more than 22 people onto that tiny platform?

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Three, two, one, go.

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Whoa!

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This is impressive. They're building a box using the taller gymnasts,

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then filling it with the smaller ones.

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I imagine this is how they pack sardines in tin cans.

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Oh, no, one's escaped! But what a pile-up.

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To qualify for the record, they must remain on the platform

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for ten seconds after the minute is up.

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Easier said than done.

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This looks like a perilous game of human Jenga.

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CHEERING

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And that's it.

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But how many people were on the platform?

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26!

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A squash-tastic performance!

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And now back to Ben.

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Freestyle aqua-bikers Dan and Liam have come within one flip of

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the synchronised backflip record.

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Can they muster the strength

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to land ten flips on their final attempt?

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'It's now or never.'

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OK, they're starting, let's do this.

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KLAXON BLARES

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'One down, and that's a double.'

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Good. Really strong start.

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This is top drawer. Seamlessly synchronised.

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ENGINES REV

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Joyous jet-powered jumping. They're flipping at an incredible pace.

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Oh, no. Just one there.

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Oh, Liam pulls out of the double flip.

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Is tiredness setting in?

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Oh, Liam's stopped again. Come on, boys.

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But that's a solid double.

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KLAXON BLARES That's it, that's time.

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Was it enough? That's going to be close.

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Official adjudicator Mark reviews the attempt in slow-mo.

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Did they reach ten this time?

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You achieved...

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..ten, so that sets a brand-new Guinness World Records title!

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Yeah! Yeah! Put it there.

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Dan and Liam did it.

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A spectacular show of skill and determination.

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Now to the OC bunker for even more high-octane dynamism.

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Yeah-ha-ha! Woohoo!

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Uh-oh.

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Not long ago, in a secret bunker not that far away,

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three intergalactic adventurers united in combat to compete

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for world record titles that you could try at home.

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They are...

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trailblazing trooper US Ray,

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scintillating soldier of fortune Mr Cherry,

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and ravishing rebel Sizzling Steve.

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This is...

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Previously on Officially Competitive...

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A tactical disaster from the Sizzler gave Mr Cherry victory

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in the pinch-picking challenge.

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Putting him clear at the top of the leaderboard

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with just two rounds left.

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So victory today would guarantee Cherry

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a preposterous fourth championship title.

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But to get there, he'll have to beat

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the current world champion at today's event.

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Oh, yes.

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Back in series one,

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Sizzling Steve and six orange balls set the record for the...

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Today, Mr Cherry and US Ray will try to wrestle that record from him.

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But can they beat the master at his own game?

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-So have you been training much for this record?

-No.

-No, not at all?

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It's quite a hard one to practise for, cos each surface is different.

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-And do the others have a chance today?

-No.

-They don't?

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-Don't be silly.

-All right, Steve, show this country,

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-nay, this world, what the Sizzler can do. Huzzah?

-Huzzah!

-Hmm.

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The champ is confident,

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but US Ray's had a world-class training partner.

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Now, tell me this. I know you've been practising with your family.

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Who's better, you or Grandma Ray?

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-Me.

-All right, be honest.

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Steve and Cherry aren't around.

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If Grandma Ray was here,

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-could she beat both of them?

-I think so, Al.

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-Wow! So if you can beat her, you can beat them.

-You got that right.

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I want to do this for Grandma Ray. How do you feel about that?

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-HE CHANTS:

-Grandma Ray!

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BOTH CHANT: Grandma Ray! Grandma Ray!

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That's for you, Granny.

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But Grandma Ray is set for massive disappointment

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if Cherry gets his way.

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Today, you have a chance to take a world record from Steve.

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How much do you want this?

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-TRANSLATION:

-Well, there's a famous Japanese saying,

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"The hand comes out at mouth,"

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which means, "I want it so much!" Ha-ha-ha.

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There can be no pinging or ponging without establishing some rules.

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The competitors must remain two metres away from the pint glass.

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The ping pong balls must bounce at least once

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before entering the glass.

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The balls may be launched no more than two at a time.

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And Steve's record to beat is six balls in a glass in one minute,

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and our world champion is up first.

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Three, two, one, go.

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KLAXON BLARES

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Yes, Steve. Great start.

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Oh, a salubrious slam-dunker!

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Shantha's allowed a smooth bouncing palette for this record

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because of the uneven bunker floor.

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Yes, come on, now.

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An unbelievably speedy second.

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Come on. Oh!

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Yes!

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And it's a hat-trick.

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-Oh! Come on, Steve.

-'Is there any point in the others even competing?'

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Come on.

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Oh!

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Oh, off the rim!

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Hmm, is the champ losing his magic touch?

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Oh!

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He's doing everything right, but it's all going wrong.

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Oh, not the rim again.

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Come on.

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-Five...

-Come on.

-..four, three, two, one, stop!

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KLAXON BLARES

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Oh, no. Out of time, and only three in the glass.

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Worrying times for the Sizzler. He's left his record wide open.

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And US Ray is ready to bounce in and grab it.

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Three, two, one...

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-..go.

-KLAXON BLARES

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Oh!

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A humdinger of a rim-skimmer. So close!

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Come on, Ray. There we go. Just like that.

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Ah. Perfect.

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'Perfect? Apart from the not actually going in the glass bit.'

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Oh. Come on.

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Let's go, Ray. Ugh!

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'This'll be the one. The bounce is powerful.

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'Tremendous trajectory.'

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'And it's going in. No-o-o! But it's flying up again.

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'No!

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'This time. Argh!

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'Ooh. Another brim-bouncer.'

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Come on. Yeah!

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At last. Get in there.

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Now, that is as perfect a ping pong pinger

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as you're ever likely to see.

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Come on, Ray. Only six more and Steve's record's gone.

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-Five...

-Oh.

-..four, three, two, one...

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-KLAXON BLARES

-..stop!

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Disappointment for US Ray.

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And devastation for Grandma Ray.

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And so to Cherry. Victory, and he's ultimate champion again.

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But could he also take Sizzler's record?

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Cherry is in full safety gear.

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You can never be too careful where potential glory is concerned.

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-Go!

-KLAXON BLARES

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Ah, so close. And again.

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That rim is not making things easy.

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Is Cherry going the way of Ray?

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Ahh! 'Yes! That's one!'

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And what a glorious swirling swiveller that was.

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Ah! 'That's two. And three!'

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A dazzling double-dunker.

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'Just one more for the championship title.'

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Don't know if I can cope with the pressure.

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-'Millimetres from glory.'

-Ten seconds left.

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Is the occasion getting to the big man?

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Five, four, three...

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Ye-e-e-s!

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CHEERING

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The glass is full to the brim, so Haruka replaces it.

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..one.

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KLAXON BLARES

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The Sizzler rejoices as his six-ball record is safe.

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But if all four of Cherry's balls were legitimately bounced,

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he's won himself the point and the Officially Competitive title.

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Shantha, please reveal the results.

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In third place, with one,

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is Ray.

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-'Grandma Ray will be fuming.'

-Good job, man.

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And in first place, with four,

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is Mr Cherry.

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Cherry did it!

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And a traditional victory crab-dance from the champion.

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Ping pong jump!

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Four valid ping pongs, one competitive point

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and Cherry-san is unreachable at the top of the table.

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Meaning it's a fourth competitive title for Cherry,

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who will be crowned next time,

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when our heroes dress oh-so beguilingly

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for their final challenge.

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Find out why when we return

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with more exhilarating exertions like these.

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# Well, Liam and Dan were both the man as they showed off

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# Their aqua-bike tricks

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# It took a few tries

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# But these two guys did the most synchronised backflips

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# Our competitors had the task

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# Of bouncing ping pong balls into a glass

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# Cherry won with four

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# So he is our champ once more

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# And somehow 26 people flipped onto a platform

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# But here come the rubbish bits

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# The outtakes. #

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Oh, no. Argh!

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Argh! Argh! Oh!

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Oh! I almost capsized!

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One jet ski doing backflips would be spectacular enough - we've got two! But will they get a record? Our Officially Competitive contenders all vie for one of Sizzling Steve's records. And there's an acrobatic human jenga record from China!


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