Last time on Ninja Warrior, we reached
the end of the Second Stage. Thirty competitors earned the right to
compete on the expanded course, but in the end, only the top 15 cleared
in a fast enough time to prepare themselves for the next challenges to
But that comes later.
Right now, it's time to see who amongst
the top 15 has strength, speed, stamina, and the heart of a champion.
The setting has moved to the beach, where
another course has been set up. The challenges here... testing speed,
strength, endurance, and agility. There will be two heats, and the 10
fastest combined times will head to Japan to challenge Mount Midoriyama.
Judging the competitors' every move are Olympians and former Sasuke
contestants Paul Terek and Henry Cejudo.
TRAINING CHALLENGE 1: Block Carry
There are 10 cinder blocks. In groups of
three, challengers will carry all 10 from one side of the beach to
another, 50 feet away. You'll also be tethered to a bungee for an
additional crutch. AND you will only be able to carry two at a time. AND
you have to create the perfect four level pyramid.
First up: Joop Katana vs. Geoff Iida vs.
Geoff starts out in the lead, but Brian
takes it back when Geoff has to use his whole body to get the later
blocks. He gets tired as Brian keeps pushing.
Next up, Sean Morris vs. Travis Furlanic
vs. Paul Darnell.
All three men are neck and neck to start.
They have to keep up the energy, but at the same time, they have to
conserve. Travis shows no signs of stopping. Sean on the other hand is
wincing. Paul slows to a walk, but Travis finishes first.
We go to Fast Forward mode as Rich timed
in at 1:42. Shane had 1:46. Ryan had to pull himself in with 2:07. Caine
finished with 1:48, Rick finished with 2:01. And coming in with the
slowest time so far is Andrew Karsen with 2:08.
Final heat has David Campbell, Levi
Meeuwenberg, and William Spencer.
These are the elite athletes. Both David
and Levi have competed in Japan before, while William is a newbie. Both
Levi and William are neck and neck. No one seems winded after four, but
William drops and picks up in a second. No problems so far. Levi pulls
ahead, though, digging deep. David's legs... give up on him.
BUT we have a wrinkle, as William Spencer
collapsed in the summer heat due to heat exhaustion. He was treated and
released, but because he did not complete the second training challenge,
he was disqualified.
LEADERBOARD After Challenge #1
Brian Orosco - 1:28.4
Levi Meeuwenberg - 1:28.5
Travis Furlanic - 1:31.3
Paul Darnell - 1:37.2
Rich King - 1:42.2
Shane Daniels - 1:46.4
Caine Sinclair - 1:48.5
Geoff Iida - 1:50.9
Sean Morris - 1:54.6
David Campbell - 1:59.5
Rick Huelga - 2:01.0
Joop Katana - 2:04.6
Ryan Cousins - 2:07.5
Andrew Karsen - 2:08.6
William Spencer - DQ
Rick, Joop, Ryan, and Andrew are on the
TRAINING CHALLENGE #2: Assault Course
This course consists of an army crawl, a
barrel run over balance logs, and tire run. Three at a time.
First heat has Shane Daniels, Ryan
Cousins, and Rich King.
Second heat: Sean Morris vs. Travis
Furlanic vs. Paul Darnell.
Third heat Andrew had a time of 25,
followed by Caine at 26 and Rick at 28. Fourth heat had Joop go through
the course in :24.2, Brian in :24.6, and Geoff at :27.8.
Final heat has only two due to William's
discharge, David Campbell vs. Levi Meeuwenberg.
This could be the game changer right
here... The final 10... and going to Japan... are...
1) BRIAN OROSCO - 1:53
2) LEVI MEEUWENBERG - 1:54.5
3) TRAVIS FURLANIC - 1:58.4
4) PAUL DARNELL - 2:03.5
5) RICH KING - 2:07.5
6) CAINE SINCLAIR - 2:14.6
7) SHANE DANIELS - 2:17.9
8) GEOFF IIDA - 2:18.7
9) JOOP KATANA - 2:28.9
10) RICK HUELGA - 2:29
As for the other four... the journey has
ended. But for the top 10, the journey continues as we travel halfway
around the world. As the Sasuke course awaits the challengers, stay with
us for... MORE outrageous obstacles... MORE determined runs... and MORE
"American Ninja Warrior!"
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