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Reaction speed can be the difference between life and death.

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To get out of danger, you have to react fast.

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Show strength.

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Be accurate. And predict your opponent's next move.

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You need the power of a superhero.

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A superhero like Hawkeye,

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whose superior eyesight, anticipation and

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super-fast reactions help him fight evil.

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But I have heard of a real man with exceptional eyesight,

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a man with unbelievable anticipation,

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a real-life man with lightning-fast reactions.

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-VOICEOVER:

-Growing up in the Australian bush, Anthony Kelly

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taught himself judo and is a master in ten different martial arts.

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During his years of training, Anthony discovered his amazing

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ability to move very quickly,

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astonishing scientists around the world

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with his-lightning quick reactions.

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Anthony holds an incredible 13 world records

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for his fast reactions.

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And this is him! Anthony Kelly.

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Anthony, I am so excited to meet you.

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Now, tell me, can you move faster than any other person?

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I have the record for the fastest reaction time in the world.

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Wow, will you take part in three scientific tests

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so we can see just how different your body is to mine?

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Sounds like a fantastic challenge. I'd love to.

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Great!

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This is Dr Megan John, she's an expedition doctor

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and has kept people alive in some of the most dangerous environments.

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She's devised three Super Tests to discover how Tim

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and Anthony's bodies react differently.

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Day One, and Doctor Megan's first test is a real brain teaser.

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I've brought you to this university

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because I am interested in testing your reaction speed.

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Inside here is a laboratory with some state-of-the-art equipment

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that will let me do just that.

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This lab at Strathclyde University in Glasgow is kitted out with

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a 3D motion-sensor analysis system.

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For this Super Test,

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Dr Megan's team have also fitted the lab with two light walls.

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When it comes to reactions,

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your brain has to send a signal to your muscles to get them to move.

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I'm going to be looking at the speed both of you can achieve that.

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I've got two light walls here, one for each of you.

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What do these things do? How do they work, all this kit?

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These lights are going to come on, one at a time.

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As you press each one, another one will come up.

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This will be recording how many times you hit a light

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correctly in one minute.

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Wow!

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This lab is really high tech. It's got cameras all around you

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so we can monitor in 3D how your muscles are moving.

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In order to do that, I need you both in special outfits.

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Is this really exciting?

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React Man, whoooaaa, let's go!

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Let's do this!

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These reflector balls being placed all over Tim and Anthony's bodies

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will be picked up by the special cameras placed around the lab.

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"I have the force."

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The cameras will send information back to

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a computer that will then make an outline of their bodies.

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They're just setting up the computers so they can make

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"bionic computer me".

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The way that they do this is they draw a line between all these

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markers and that makes the bionic computer version of me.

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Wow! Oh, look at that, there's bionic computer me!

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Throughout the test, the motion-capture equipment will record

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how fast Tim and Anthony's muscles are moving as they hit the lights.

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Most people could hit the light in about under half a second.

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This is the time it takes for light to hit your eyes, sending

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a signal to your brain which sends a signal to your muscles to move.

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But if you do this continuously, you'll start to get very tired.

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Your body will move slower as your brain struggles to concentrate.

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You'll start to make mistakes and get very stressed.

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Your body movements become jerky

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and you could pull or even tear a muscle.

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So, how will Tim cope with the never-ending light,

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and will Anthony's super-fast reactions

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blow us away in the brain-busting light-wall challenge?

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So the light wall is going to pick up how many times you press

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the buttons, the cameras are going to pick up your movement.

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Are you ready, boys?

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-Are you ready? Come on.

-I'll have to really concentrate.

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-Lights down.

-Lights down. OK.

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Three...

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Two...

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One... GO!

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From the word go, it looks as though Tim and Anthony are neck and neck.

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Both pretty identical at the moment.

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Their reactions to the lights show that their eyes are sending

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signals back to their brains quick enough for them

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to hit the lights at a pretty good speed.

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Now, your eye works a bit like a video camera.

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Light travels into the front,

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through to the back of your eye, called the retina.

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The back of your eye has lots of light-detecting cells that

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record what you are seeing and send images to your brain.

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Your brain then works like a computer

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and processes what you see

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by checking with your memory banks

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to see if it recognises anything.

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This happens all the time without you even thinking about it,

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and your brain works so quickly, you don't notice it's doing it.

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So, Tim is actually on 40, whereas Anthony is on 37.

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Essentially, not what I was expecting at all!

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So, although Tim and Anthony had a level score for the first part

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of the test, halfway through, Tim seems to have taken a small lead.

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45 seconds, 53 for Tim, 49 for Anthony.

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Remember, the motion-sensor equipment will be recording how

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quickly their bodies are reacting when they see the lights.

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END OF TEST HOOTER

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-60!

-Oh, yes!

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-Oh, you killed me.

-Oh, yes!

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You just saw that reaction for the first test, one minute each.

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Timothy managed 71, Anthony only 60!

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Wow, what a surprising result.

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Tim managed to hit 11 more lights

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over 60 seconds than Reaction Man, Anthony!

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But Dr Megan's test isn't over yet.

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Anthony and Tim face another 60 seconds of the light-wall challenge.

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I've got a few tricks up my sleeve.

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Three...

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Two...

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One... GO!

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So, let's see, if I put them off with a few distractions, what happens.

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ALARM BELL RINGS

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Dr Megan's alarm-bell sound effect seems to be slowing them down.

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This is because there are too many signals

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going to and from their brains.

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Your nerves send signals to

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and from your brain really fast to different parts of your body.

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Nerves are like electrical wires inside you and they carry

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tiny electrical signals at a speed of 250 miles an hour.

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The nerve signals TO your brain tell you what's going on around you.

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And the nerve signals FROM your brain tell your body to move.

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But if your brain starts receiving lots of signals at once,

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it has more to think about and your reactions will slow down.

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ALARM BELL RINGS

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They're definitely showing slightly lower numbers with the distractions.

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Let's throw another one in there.

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BABY CRYING

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Amazingly, Anthony seems to have regained his focus

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and is no longer being put off by the noise.

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But the crying baby seems to have thrown Tim.

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That's a crying-baby noise. That's not helpful!

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You can hear Tim saying, "That's the sound of a baby, that's not helpful."

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His focus has been distracted.

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The clock is ticking, but Dr Megan has time for one more blast!

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ENGINE RUMBLING

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Oooh!

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Again, Tim is slightly higher. This is really unexpected.

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So, with the test over, the results are very surprising.

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Tim has remained in the lead, this time by ten lights,

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and that was with the noise distractions.

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Tim may have hit more lights than Reaction Man Anthony,

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but the motion-capture analysis gives us a clue why.

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So, this is the information from the motion-sensor cameras.

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This is Tim. This is Anthony.

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There were two things I've learned

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from looking at the information I have got.

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Tim, you have a 25cm height difference over Anthony.

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And that means your reach,

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where your hands can get to, is also 25cm greater.

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So, we can see, when the lights came on at waist height for Anthony,

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he was actually quicker getting to them than you were, Tim.

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Anthony's reaction times were quicker. It was simply

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the distance he had to reach to get to the higher ones that was

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the problem in this test.

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So, even though you did hit more lights in this test, Tim,

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it doesn't necessarily mean your reactions were quicker.

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I think we can put most of that down to your increased reach and height.

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Can we see that?

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Look at that. Is that why I won?

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I think that probably is.

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Let's see what happens in the next test.

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My reactions might have been fast in this test,

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but there are people whose lives depend on their fast reactions.

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The Irula tribe of South-East India are expert snake catchers,

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passing their skills down through the generations for hundreds

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of years.

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The bare-footed Irula hop around the snake, relying on their

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super-fast reflexes to stop getting bitten with deadly poison.

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As the snake begins to tire,

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they grab its tail and, in the blink of an eye, trap it in a sack.

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The tribe sell the venom to make snake-bite cures

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and then release the snake unharmed back to the wild.

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So, for the second Super Test,

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Dr Megan has a more physical challenge up her sleeve.

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Today I am interested in your muscle power and fatigue ability.

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Fatigue ability is how tired your muscles get

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when you keep working them hard.

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In this Super Test, Dr Megan will use special sensors to count

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how many times Tim and Anthony can hit these punch bags

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in four 30-second bursts.

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So how many punches do you think you can do in the two minutes?

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Well, I'll be happy if I get a couple of hundred.

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But my world record is 347 in one minute, so it just depends on how

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my muscles are feeling today.

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-347 in one minute...

-Correct.

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-..and that's with no breaks?

-With no breaks.

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That's amazing. And you've got... Have you got another world record?

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Yeah, for punching the most in one hour. 11,457.

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So you could keep it going for an hour, as well as just two minutes?

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I can, but it's excruciating on your body.

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You really feel it, do you?

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So, two minutes for a normal person, erm...

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You know, if you can get, let's say, 300...

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I'd be really happy with that?

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That would be a really good score to have.

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So, if I could aim for 300... I might just make that.

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Tim and Anthony's hands are being bound in bandages for protection.

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Good luck.

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You don't shake like this, boxers shake like this...

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-Do they?

-Yeah, hey, baaa!

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The boxing gym has been rigged up with cameras to capture every move.

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This piece of kit is an electromyogram, or EMG,

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and it will measure Tim and Anthony's muscle movement throughout

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the test and show just how hard and fast they are working.

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Left or right, Doctor?

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Right for you.

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The sensors being placed on Tim and Anthony's arms will pick up signals

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from their muscles and send the information back to the computer.

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Wow, it's weird, isn't it? Oh, it's weird.

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Punching a punch bag requires a lot of energy

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and strength from your muscles.

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As you punch, your heart rate rises.

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Your muscles start to get tired and begin to hurt.

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If you don't stop, the intense exercise would make you feel dizzy.

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Eventually, your muscles will get so painful you'll be forced to stop.

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OK, come on, Tim, let's get this challenge on.

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OK, so I'm all bound up. I've got the best kit,

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I've got boxing experts on standby.

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Just don't try punching unless it's part of

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one of Dr Megan's Super Tests.

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It's not a good idea. Don't do it in the supermarket, in the school,

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in the playground - just don't punch people.

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OK, Tim, Anthony, I'll be counting you in.

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Three...

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Two...

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One... Punch!

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Immediately, there is a big difference between Anthony and Tim.

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If we slow our cameras down, we can see just how much faster

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Anthony is punching than Tim.

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The punching is working different muscles in Anthony

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and Tim's arms.

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Muscles are attached to your bones

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and they work in pairs to move your body.

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Muscles are made of lots of very thin strands, called fibres,

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which are bundled together like a thick rope.

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These tiny fibres slide past each other

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to tighten or relax the muscle.

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So, to move your arm up, the bicep muscle at the front pulls tight

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and gets shorter and at the same time

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the tricep muscle at the back relaxes and gets longer.

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Beginning to sweat, I think.

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And stop!

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Anthony, amazingly, has hit his punch bag 275 times

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in just 30 seconds.

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Tim managed 228 hits.

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Get yourself psyched.

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Boom!

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Time for Round Two.

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Three, two, one... Punch!

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Look at Tim now. He's looking sweaty,

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he's already throwing loads of his body behind it.

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Anthony - look how cool and calm he is, only using the top muscles,

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not wasting any energy.

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Agh, my muscles are really tiring now.

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Feeling very tired in the arms.

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Anthony's arms are moving much faster than Tim's.

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This is because of the structure of his muscles.

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Your muscles are made up of slow-twitch and fast-twitch fibres.

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We have about half of each in our muscles,

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but we are all born with a slightly different mixture.

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If you have more slow-twitch fibres, you react slower,

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but you will be able to keep moving for longer,

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so you'd be good at things like long-distance running.

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If you have lots of fast-twitch fibres you react faster,

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but can't keep going for long, so you will get tired quicker -

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you'd be better at sprinting.

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Back in the gym and, amazingly, Anthony is still hitting

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the punch bag as fast as he did at the start.

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Tim, on the other hand, is slowing right down

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and the power of his punches is starting to weaken.

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And stop!

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Another 30 seconds over and Anthony is still maintaining

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the strong force of his punch, throwing 50 more punches than Tim.

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I feel really out of breath now,

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and I do have a slight burning sensation in the back of my arms.

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And Anthony is still looking really calm.

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Look at him. He's hardly even breathing.

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Wow!

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Punch!

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The EMG trace shows me that Tim is using more energy to throw

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fewer punches and the punches he is throwing are more wimpy!

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The EMG trace from Anthony shows that his punches are the same strength,

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more powerful and without his body tiring.

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The force of Tim's punches is shifting all the time.

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For the punches to count, they must be hit with strong, steady strength.

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Stop!

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How are you feeling, Tim?

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Yeah, my heart is running quite fast, I think.

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Anthony?

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Cool.

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It's the final 30 seconds of the test.

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Three, two, one... Punch!

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I'm going to race you!

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Tim's starting to show lots of signs of getting really quite tired.

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He's using all parts of his body to throw behind his punches,

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wasting energy he doesn't need to.

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This is a really tiring thing.

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If I compare Tim's punches to Anthony, Anthony's standing there,

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close punches tight to his body, not wasting even a speck of energy.

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And stop!

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Boys, how are you feeling?

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Quite out of breath.

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Oh, right! Good work, Tim.

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Good work, you!

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Anthony's looking like he's hardly done anything.

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And the EMG results explain why.

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Tim, you were throwing all over the place.

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Your readings are much, much wider.

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Anthony, on the other hand, you were completely consistent -

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much lower waste of energy, essentially.

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So, the results show that by the end of Super Test Two, Tim managed

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an impressive 862 punches,

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but our Reaction Man, Anthony, with his incredible punching power

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hit his punch bag an amazing 1039 times.

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So, Tim, how are your arms feeling?

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They felt really, really tired, like

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midway through in the third one and the fourth one.

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I felt very, very tired in the fourth one.

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Anthony, what about your arms?

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No, I'm OK.

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I've never seen information like it.

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The consistency that the EMG was showing - phenomenal!

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Thank you, Doctor. My motto is, "Practice is the key to success."

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If you practise at anything, you can

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become a champion.

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So, how does Anthony do this?

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He was born with more fast-twitch fibres in his muscles than normal,

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so he can react super-fast, and his years of training

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mean his fast-twitch muscle fibres don't get tired out as quickly.

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Also, Anthony's brain needs less time to process the signals

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from his nerves, and his reactions are almost automatic.

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As well as this, he uses a sense of anticipation.

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Anthony is able to work out what is going to happen before it does,

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so he can start his movements earlier.

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I might not be the fastest boxer in the world,

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but being able to punch hard and fast could save your life.

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In Queensland, Australia, grandmother Paddy Trumbull

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was snorkelling in the sea.

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Suddenly a huge, two-metre-long bull shark attacked her

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and pulled her under the water.

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Paddy reacted extremely fast and

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began punching the shark on the nose.

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She kept punching really fast, over and over,

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until the shark let go of her and swam away.

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Paddy's quick reactions saved her life.

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For the final Super Test, Dr Megan has brought Tim and Anthony to the

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ruins of this Scottish castle.

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Anthony tells me his reactions are so fast he can catch flying arrows.

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Real arrows from an archer?

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Real arrows from an archer.

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You can do that?

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I have the Guinness world record for the most arrows caught,

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both sighted and blindfolded.

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-In a blindfold you can catch them?!

-Yes.

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Wow!

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For my third and final Super Test,

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Tim, you and Anthony will both be catching arrows.

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In this Super Test, Anthony and Tim will attempt to catch ten

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rubber-tipped arrows, fired by two of the UK's top field archers.

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The arrows will be fired from eight metres,

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at more than 60 miles an hour!

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Firing objects at people is very dangerous, as it can cause

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serious injuries, so you should never, ever do anything like this.

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For the test, they need to use more than just their reactions,

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they need a strong sense of anticipation, as well.

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This is because the arrows travel so fast they need to be able

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to work out where they will end up before they are even fired.

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Before they get started, Tim is keen for some advice

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from world-record holder, Anthony.

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This is a terrifying test -

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absolutely unbelievable danger involved in this, catching arrows.

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Do you have a single top tip for me that's going to get me through this?

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Watch the archers. Your life depends on it. Watch the archers, be aware.

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Look, ready, ready, ready. Watch the archer, watch the archer,

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baboom, and off you go!

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These are reaction rulers. You may have played it at school when your

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teacher will get a ruler and you will get tested for your reaction.

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It's very simple - when I drop, you'll attempt to catch.

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OK, ooh...very poor!

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-Do you see that?

-What were you concentrating on there?

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The ruler.

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So the eye's sending the message down to the hand, the hand then

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sends a message back to the brain for the hand to close.

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So, what we've got to do is we've got to work the anticipation.

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Let's try it again. I'm going to say shoot and you'll catch.

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Shoot. That's better. Let's go again.

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Catch. Good.

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-It's getting better all the time.

-Go. OK.

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I wasn't even looking at the ruler, I was looking at you.

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Time for practice is over. It's the moment of truth.

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Dr Megan has insisted on rubber-tipped arrows to make this

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test slightly less dangerous.

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This test is extremely dangerous. You should never attempt

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anything like this.

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Dr Megan has dressed Tim head-to-toe in protective clothing and has

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a trained first-aid team on standby in case he gets hurt.

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So, Tim, you are all kitted up. You are up first.

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Good luck, son!

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Remember, Tim is about to attempt to catch ten arrows travelling

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at 60 miles an hour.

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Even if you do have top international archers,

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a medieval castle and top-level protective clothing at home,

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do not try this at home.

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I am absolutely terrified.

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So, will any of the arrows make it into Tim's hand,

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and will Anthony's super-speedy reactions blow us away

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in this deadly, arrow-catching test?

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So, archers... Go!

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Tim has missed the first arrow.

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Ouch!

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Ooh, ouch. Now he's closed his hand

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too soon and the arrow has hit his fist.

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OK.

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Remember, these arrows are travelling

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at over 60 miles per hour.

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Missed it.

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Ooh, touched it!

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Tim's eyes are all over the place, his anticipation is rubbish.

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I'm not sure he is going to catch any of these arrows.

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Oh, missed it.

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Tim seems to be watching the arrow...

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Oh, ow, gosh, that hurt!

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..but the arrow is travelling too fast for him to see and catch.

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This is his tenth arrow. If he misses this, he'll have

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missed them all. Will he catch it?

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Oh, missed it.

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Tim has failed to catch any arrows in Dr Megan's final Super Test.

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I nearly got three!

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Tim is lucky the archers weren't using real arrows

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and he was wearing thick gloves or he'd have been seriously injured.

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If that had been a real arrow, I'd now be standing here like this...

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-Yes, again...

-..with it through my hand.

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Anthony is about to attempt the same challenge,

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but will he do any better?

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We're about to find out.

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Anthony has years of experience catching arrows

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and doesn't normally wear protective clothing.

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He's asked to do the test without the extra

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padding as it might distract him, making it even more dangerous.

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-Archers, are you ready? BOTH:

-Yes.

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-Anthony, are you ready?

-Yes.

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Start!

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Ha-cha! Ha-ya!

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It's not a good start for Reaction Man, Anthony -

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he's missed the first two arrows!

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Will he be third-time lucky?

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Ooh, he got one.

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Yes! It seems that Anthony used the first two arrows to work out their

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exact speed and angle, and now he is using his sense of anticipation to

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catch the rest.

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And now there is no stopping him.

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Looking at our special slow-motion camera,

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you can see just how incredible his reactions are!

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He's just getting all of them. This is unbelievable!

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All Tim and Megan can do is watch with amazement.

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One more!

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Wow!

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-Anthony!

-How amazing is that!

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Incredibly, at the end of that test, Anthony has caught

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eight out of ten arrows travelling at 60 miles per hour.

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Anthony has proved beyond any doubt that his eyesight, anticipation and

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lightning-fast reflexes are far superior to any normal human being.

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Anthony, it's been a real pleasure. Thank you.

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It's been fantastic, mate!

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I came looking for a superhero, a real-life Hawkeye with

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lightning-fast reactions. I found one.

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Anthony Kelly, you are Superhuman!

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Tim Fitzhigham meets the humans who defy science and puts their powers to the test - against himself. Tim meets Anthony Kelly, a man who holds 13 world records for his super-fast reactions, who is a master in ten martial arts and who can catch flying arrows with his bare hands - blindfolded! But does Anthony's extraordinary ability to react with lightning-quick speed make him a real-life Hawkeye? Tim challenges Anthony to three super tests in order to prove, or disprove, these ultra-fast superhuman powers.

Can Tim beat the man who holds the record of the fastest reaction time in the world and catch a flying arrow with his hands? This is exactly as dangerous as it sounds, so Tim uses state-of-the-art technology, real medical science and his very own mission doctor as he prepares for his challenges.


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