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Australian Ninja Warrior: Record Breakers was the first ever Australian Ninja Warrior's special edition, featuring top competitors attempting to break a record in supersized obstacles (a very similar concept to the Skills Competition on American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special). The show premiered on July 7th, 2021 at Channel 9 (shortly after Australian Ninja Warrior 5's season finale).

Competition Format

There were five events in this competition, all of which have appeared during Skills Competition on American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special:

  • Super Salmon Ladder,
  • Sprinting Steps Showdown (known as the Striding Steps in the U.S.),
  • Soaring Sonic Shelf Grab,
  • Ferocious Ferris Wheel (for female competitors only), and
  • Rising Mega Warped Wall.

In each event, the winning competitor would receive the cash prize of AU$15,000 (AU$75,000 cash prize in total).

Super Salmon Ladder

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Salmon Ladder, with 35 rungs and about four stories in height, and taking place at the Stage Four tower.

Each competitor tried to reach the highest rung as possible. Whoever reached the highest rung, he/she would be the champion. However, if there were at least two competitors who could reach the highest rung, the competitor who reached it in the fastest time would be the champion.

Competitors

① Daniel Mason
Ashlin Herbert
③ Charlie Robbins
④ Zak Stolz
Olivia Vivian

Results

Name Result Notes
Olivia Vivian 21st rung
Charlie Robbins 24th rung
Daniel Mason 28th rung
Ashlin Herbert 8th rung
Zak Stolz 35th rung Reached the top of the ladder in 32 seconds.
Australian Ninja Warrior: Record Breakers' Super Salmon Ladder champion: Zak Stolz

Sprinting Steps Showdown

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Sonic Swing from Team Ninja Warrior.

Each competitor must sprint across eight small steps (spaced 1.5 meters apart between each step), then grabbed a rope, swung back, and sprinted across the steps in other direction, and finally reached and hit the buzzer at the top of the wall.

There were three rounds in this competition. The first round consisted of four matches, the second round consisted of two matches, and the third round consisted of one match. Each match consisted of two competitors, and the winner of each match would advance to the next round. There was no time limit in this competition.

For the first round, each of the four preselected competitors would pick one competitor he/she wanted to against with.

Competitors

① Stewart Furze
Jack Wilson
Ben Polson
④ Eloni Vunakece
⑤ Daniel Mason
Olivia Vivian
Ashlin Herbert
Rob Patterson

Results

Name Results Notes
Round 1: Match 1
Jack Wilson Clear (0:11.16) Advanced to Round 2.
Rob Patterson Clear
Round 1: Match 2
Stewart Furze Fail
Eloni Vunakece Clear (0:12.76) Advanced to Round 2.
Round 1: Match 3
Olivia Vivian Clear (0:13.68) Advanced to Round 2.
Ben Polson Clear
Round 1: Match 4
Daniel Mason Clear
Ashlin Herbert Clear (0:11.08) Advanced to Round 2.
Round 2: Match 1
Jack Wilson Clear (0:11.36) Advanced to Round 3.
Eloni Vunakece Clear
Round 2: Match 2
Ashlin Herbert Clear (0:20.04) Advanced to Round 3.
Olivia Vivian Fail
Round 3: Match 1
Jack Wilson Clear
Ashlin Herbert Clear (0:10.80)
Australian Ninja Warrior: Record Breakers' Sprinting Steps Showdown champion: Ashlin Herbert

Soaring Sonic Shelf Grab

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Flying Shelf Grab, with a much larger distance between the shelves, requiring competitors to build a much bigger swing and momentum to make the transition from the first shelf to the second shelf.

The competition worked in an elimination fashion. Each competitor was given just one attempt to clear the obstacle in required distance. If they could complete it, they would move on the next round (with the distance between the shelves being made larger in the next round). If they couldn't complete it, they would be eliminated from the competition. The competition continued until only one competitor could clear the required distance in any round or the remaining competitors in any round failed to clear the required distance.

This event attempted to break the current Ninja Warrior world record for the same event at that time set by Drew Drechsel on American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special 2, at 15 feet (4.57 meters) in distance.

Competitors

① Jordan Papandrea
Ashlin Herbert
③ Zak Stolz
Ben Polson

Results

Name Result Notes
Distance: 4 meters
Zak Stolz Clear
Jordan Papandrea Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Ben Polson Clear
Ashlin Herbert Clear
Distance: 4.5 meters
Zak Stolz Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Ben Polson Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Ashlin Herbert Clear
Distance: 4.6 meters (World Record attempt)
Ashlin Herbert Fail
Australian Ninja Warrior: Record Breakers' Soaring Sonic Shelf Grab champion: Ashlin Herbert

Ferocious Ferris Wheel

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Ferris Wheel.

There were three heats in this competition, with two competitors in each heat. In each of the first two heats, the competitor who could reach and hit the buzzer in the fastest time would move on to the final heat. In the final heat, the competitor who could reach and hit the buzzer in the fastest time would be the champion. There was no time limit in this competition.

This competition marked the return of Andrea Hah, the first woman in Australian Ninja Warrior history to scale the Warped Wall, competing for the first time since Australian Ninja Warrior 2.

Competitors

Olivia Vivian
② Judith Carroll
Celeste Dixon
Andrea Hah

Results

Name Results Notes
Heat 1
Andrea Hah Clear Advanced to the Final Heat.
Celeste Dixon Fail
Heat 2
Olivia Vivian Clear Advanced to the Final Heat.
Judith Carroll Clear
Final Heat
Olivia Vivian Clear
Andrea Hah Clear
Australian Ninja Warrior: Record Breakers' Ferocious Ferris Wheel champion: Olivia Vivian

Rising Mega Warped Wall

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Warped Wall, with a much taller wall and longer runway than during the regular season, requiring competitors to build a much bigger speed and momentum to reach and climb to the top of the wall.

The competition worked in an elimination fashion. For the first two rounds, each competitor was given just one attempt to clear the obstacle in required height, and in the subsequent rounds, each competitor was given three attempts to clear the obstacle in required height. If they could complete it, they would move on the next round (with the wall's height being made taller in the next round). If they couldn't complete it, they would be eliminated from the competition. The competition continued until only one competitor could clear the required height in any round or the remaining competitors in any round failed to clear the required height.

This event attempted to break the current Ninja Warrior world record for the same event at that time set by Flip Rodriguez on American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special and Jon Alexis Jr. on American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special 2, at 19 feet (5.7912 meters) in height.

Competitors

Josh O'Sullivan
Sam Goodall
Ben Polson
④ Charlie Robbins
⑤ Jake Baker

Results

Name Result Notes
Height: 4.8 meters
Josh O'Sullivan Clear
Charlie Robbins Clear
Sam Goodall Clear
Jake Baker Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Ben Polson Clear
Height: 5.3 meters
Josh O'Sullivan Clear
Charlie Robbins Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Sam Goodall Clear
Ben Polson Clear
Height: 5.55 meters
Josh O'Sullivan Clear Completed the required height on the first attempt.
Sam Goodall Fail Failed after three attempts. Eliminated from the competition.
Ben Polson Clear Completed the required height on the second attempt.
Height: 5.8 meters (World Record attempt)
Josh O'Sullivan Clear Completed the required height on the second attempt.
Ben Polson Clear Completed the required height on the first attempt.
Height: 6.05 meters (World Record attempt)
Josh O'Sullivan Fail Since both of them failed to complete the required height after three attempts, they were then declared as the champions of the competition, and shared the AU$15,000 cash prize. Both also successfully broke the world record for this event at 5.8 meters (0.88 centimeters higher than the previous world record).
Ben Polson Fail
Australian Ninja Warrior: Record Breakers' Rising Mega Warped Wall co-champions: Josh O'Sullivan and Ben Polson
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