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Australian Ninja Warrior 4 is the fourth season of Australian Ninja Warrior, which was premiered on July 26th, 2020 at Channel 9. For this season, 160 competitors participated over four qualifying heat episodes, two semifinal episodes, and two grand final episodes.

It is worth noting that half of this season's competition was taped before social distancing restriction came into place due to COVID-19 pandemic. This became evident when they introduced "Audience Lock-Out" during the semifinals and in Stage One of the grand final, only allowing family members and close friends of the competitors to attend the taping. Later in the season finale episode, the competition was taped without any audience, and family member and close friend of the competitors.

It was also announced that at the end of the season, a two-part special named Australian Ninja Warrior: State of Origin would be aired, consisting of different teams based on different states of Australia.

The Heats

The Heats were run over in just four episodes, with 40 competitors in each heat. The 16 fastest competitors who completed the course in each heat would advance to the semifinals. If less than 16 competitors completed the course, the competitors who got the furthest and fastest round the course would advance to the semifinals. There was no time limit in the heats.

Similar to the city qualifiers round on American Ninja Warrior 11, the heats on this season also featured the Power Tower. The top two competitors from each heat would compete on this side-by-side obstacle course, with the winning competitor receiving a ten-second time advantage in the semifinals.

Heat 1

Obstacles

Quintuple Steps
Tic Toc to Net
Bridge of Blades
Doorknob Drop
Double Squirrel
Warped Wall

Results

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Result Notes
1st Ashlin Herbert Victoria Clear (1:26)
2nd Daniel Mason Victoria Clear (1:42)
3rd Zak Stolz Victoria Clear (1:58)
4th Jake Baker Victoria Clear (2:25)
5th Stewart Furze South Australia Clear (2:38) Digest.
6th Steve Taylor-Madin Victoria Clear (4:06)
7th Michael Michefski Victoria 5. Double Squirrel (1:20)
8th Rhys Landwehr Western Australia 5. Double Squirrel (1:48) Digest.
9th Troy Cullen Victoria 4. Doorknob Drop (1:05)
10th Chris Poppleton Victoria 4. Doorknob Drop (1:06) All cut. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
11th Ryan Solomon Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (1:16) Digest. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
12th Matthew Marazita Victoria 4. Doorknob Drop (1:17) All cut.
13th Josh O'Sullivan New South Wales 4. Doorknob Drop (1:18)
14th Dane Bird-Smith Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (1:24) All cut.
15th Cian Maciejewski New South Wales 4. Doorknob Drop (2:02) First woman to qualify to the semifinals this season.
16th Skye Haddy Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (2:04) Second woman to qualify to the semifinals this season.

Power Tower Result

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Winning Competitor Notes
1st Ashlin Herbert Victoria Ashlin Herbert
2nd Daniel Mason Victoria


Heat 2

Obstacles

Quintuple Steps
Tic Toc to Net
Bridge of Blades
Doorknob Drop
Flying Shelf Grab
Warped Wall

Results

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Result Notes
1st Ben Polson Western Australia Clear (2:16)
2nd Olivia Vivian Western Australia Clear (5:53) First woman to complete the qualifying heat course and eighth woman to qualify to the semifinals this season.
3rd Eddie Burrill Queensland 5. Flying Shelf Grab (3:16)
4th Jack Martin Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (1:06) All cut.
5th Danielle Smith Western Australia 4. Doorknob Drop (1:07) Third woman to qualify to the semifinals this season.
6th Todd Smith Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (1:12) Digest.
7th Tom Nicholson Victoria 4. Doorknob Drop (1:13) Digest.
8th Brendan Nachtigal Victoria 4. Doorknob Drop (1:14) All cut.
9th Justin Flegler Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (1:15) All cut.
10th Nathan Burley Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (1:21)
11th Jade Genet Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (1:22) All cut. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
12th Monika Siemonek Queensland 4. Doorknob Drop (1:34) All cut. Fourth woman to qualify to the semifinals this season. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
13th Mel Armstrong Victoria 4. Doorknob Drop (1:35) All cut. Fifth woman to qualify to the semifinals this season.
14th Eloni Vunakece New South Wales 4. Doorknob Drop (1:36)
15th Sarah Blackmore Victoria 4. Doorknob Drop (2:03) Sixth woman to qualify to the semifinals this season.
16th Raphaela Wiget South Australia 4. Doorknob Drop (2:13) Seventh woman to qualify to the semifinals this season.

Power Tower Result

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Winning Competitor Notes
1st Ben Polson Western Australia Ben Polson
2nd Olivia Vivian Western Australia


Heat 3

Obstacles

Quintuple Steps
Butterfly Wall to Zipline
Bridge of Blades
Bar Hop
Flying Shelf Grab
Warped Wall

Results

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Result Notes
1st Matt Filippi Queensland Clear (1:17)
2nd Sam Goodall Western Australia Clear (1:38)
3rd Zed Colback Western Australia Clear (2:34)
4th Alex Matthews Western Australia 5. Flying Shelf Grab (1:35)
5th James Sayers Victoria 5. Flying Shelf Grab (1:44)
6th Matt Laycock Queensland 5. Flying Shelf Grab (1:57)
7th Nic Manning New South Wales 5. Flying Shelf Grab (3:15) Digest.
8th Harry Cole Victoria 4. Bar Hop (0:46) Digest.
9th Rhys Menzel South Australia 4. Bar Hop (0:54) Digest.
10th Danial Wyles-Wall Queensland 4. Bar Hop (0:55) Digest.
11th Luke Filippi Queensland 4. Bar Hop (0:56)
12th Alex Bigg South Australia 4. Bar Hop (1:10)
13th Jarryd Sutton South Australia 4. Bar Hop (1:11)
14th Luke London Victoria 4. Bar Hop (1:12) All cut.
15th Daniel Tolli Victoria 4. Bar Hop (1:30) All cut. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
16th Will Kelly South Australia 4. Bar Hop (1:55)

Power Tower Result

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Winning Competitor Notes
1st Matt Filippi Queensland Sam Goodall
2nd Sam Goodall Western Australia


Heat 4

Obstacles

Quintuple Steps
Butterfly Wall to Zipline
Bridge of Blades
Bar Hop
Basket Toss
Warped Wall

Results

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Result Notes
1st Charlie Robbins Victoria Clear (0:47)
2nd Bryson Klein New South Wales Clear (0:48)
3rd Rainer Scheu Queensland Clear (1:01)
4th Rob Patterson Queensland Clear (1:02)
5th Mike Snow Victoria Clear (1:27)
6th Fred Dorrington Queensland Clear (1:42)
7th Michael Fisher Queensland Clear (1:47)
8th Jordan Papandrea New South Wales Clear (1:55) Digest.
9th Zac Perillo Victoria Clear (2:21) Digest.
10th Clem Vertigan Victoria Clear (2:36)
11th Alexander Robinson New South Wales 5. Basket Toss (1:37) All cut.
12th Tony Torrisi Queensland 5. Basket Toss (2:02) All cut. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
13th Chris White Western Australia 5. Basket Toss (2:03)
14th Donny Byrne Western Australia 5. Basket Toss (2:04) All cut.
15th Paul Culloty Queensland 5. Basket Toss (2:14)
16th Matthew Bowles Western Australia 4. Bar Hop (0:21)

Power Tower Result

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Winning Competitor Notes
1st Charlie Robbins Victoria Charlie Robbins
2nd Bryson Klein New South Wales

The Semifinals

The Semifinals were run over in two episodes, with 32 competitors in each semifinal. The 12 fastest competitors who completed the course in each semifinal would advance to the grand final. If less than 12 competitors completed the course, the competitors who got the furthest and fastest round the course would advance to the grand final. There was no time limit in the semifinals.

Similar to the city finals round on American Ninja Warrior 11, the semifinals on this season also featured the Power Tower. The top two competitors from each semifinal would compete on this side-by-side obstacle course, with the winning competitor receiving a second-chance advantage in the grand final (a very similar to the Safety Pass on American Ninja Warrior 11).

Semifinal 1

Obstacles

Snake Run
Rolling Log
Diving Boards
Ring Toss
Sling Shot
Warped Wall
Barrel Roll
Spider Jump
Invisible Ladder

Results

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
1st Zak Stolz 3rd 1 Clear (3:03)
2nd Jordan Papandrea 8th 4 Clear (3:43)
3rd Rob Patterson 4th 4 Clear (4:07) Digest.
4th Mike Snow 5th 4 Clear (4:57) Digest.
5th Troy Cullen 9th 1 Clear (5:12)
6th Zed Colback 3rd 3 Clear (5:37) Digest.
7th Todd Smith 6th 2 Clear (5:38) All cut. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
8th Eddie Burrill 3rd 2 Clear (5:38)
9th Stewart Furze 5th 1 Clear (5:48) All cut.
10th Sam Goodall 2nd 3 Clear (5:51) Won a ten-second time advantage from the Power Tower in his heat; his time was originally 6:01.
11th Alex Matthews 4th 3 Clear (6:00)
12th Jack Martin 4th 2 Clear (6:12) Digest.

Power Tower Result

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Winning Competitor Notes
1st Zak Stolz 3rd 1 Zak Stolz
2nd Jordan Papandrea 8th 4

Results of Other Semifinalists

Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
James Sayers 5th 3 5. Sling Shot
Cian Maciejewski 15th 1 1. Snake Run
Paul Culloty 15th 4 5. Sling Shot
Sarah Blackmore 15th 2 5. Sling Shot
Danielle Smith 5th 2 2. Rolling Log
Monika Siemonek 12th 2 2. Rolling Log Digest.
Nathan Burley 10th 2 5. Sling Shot Digest.
Clem Vertigan 10th 4 2. Rolling Log Digest.
Daniel Mason 2nd 1 8. Spider Jump 13th place.
Ashlin Herbert 1st 1 5. Sling Shot
Tom Nicholson 7th 2 5. Sling Shot All cut. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
Chris Poppleton 10th 1 5. Sling Shot All cut.


Semifinal 2

Obstacles

Snake Run
Rolling Log
Diving Boards
Ring Turn
Sling Shot
Warped Wall
Barrel Roll
Spider Jump
Invisible Ladder

Results

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
1st Charlie Robbins 1st 4 Clear (5:03) Won a ten-second time advantage from the Power Tower in his heat; his time was originally 5:13.
2nd Matthew Bowles 16th 4 Clear (5:15)
3rd Bryson Klein 2nd 4 Clear (5:40)
4th Fred Dorrington 6th 4 Clear (6:49)
5th Olivia Vivian 2nd 2 Clear (10:17) First woman to complete the semifinal course and qualify to the grand final this season. First semifinal run to reach over ten minutes in Australian Ninja Warrior history.
6th Harry Cole 8th 3 8. Spider Jump (6:51) All cut.
7th Ben Polson 1st 2 5. Sling Shot (2:01) Won a ten-second time advantage from the Power Tower in his heat; his time was originally 2:11.
8th Alex Bigg 12th 3 5. Sling Shot (2:12)
9th Jake Baker 4th 1 5. Sling Shot (2:09) Digest.
10th Rainer Scheu 3rd 4 5. Sling Shot (2:18) All cut.
11th Ryan Solomon 11th 1 5. Sling Shot (2:19) All cut.
12th Rhys Landwehr 8th 1 5. Sling Shot (2:30) Digest.

Power Tower Result

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Winning Competitor Notes
1st Charlie Robbins 1st 4 Charlie Robbins
2nd Matthew Bowles 16th 4

Results of Other Semifinalists

Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
Matt Filippi 1st 3 3. Diving Boards
Raphaela Wiget 16th 2 5. Sling Shot
Skye Haddy 16th 1 2. Rolling Log
Jarryd Sutton 13th 3 5. Sling Shot
Mel Armstrong 13th 2 2. Rolling Log Digest.
Will Kelly 16th 3 5. Sling Shot Digest.
Rhys Menzel 9th 3 3. Diving Boards Digest.
Eloni Vunakece 14th 2 5. Sling Shot Digest.
Danial Wyles-Wall 10th 3 5. Sling Shot All cut. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.
Justin Flegler 9th 2 5. Sling Shot All cut. Full run was shown on Australian Ninja Warrior's YouTube channel.

Unknown Results

Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
Steve Taylor-Madin 6th 1 Unknown All cut.
Michael Michefski 7th 1 Unknown All cut.
Matthew Marazita 12th 1 Unknown All cut.
Josh O'Sullivan 13th 1 Unknown All cut.
Dane Bird-Smith 14th 1 Unknown All cut.
Brendan Nachtigal 8th 2 Unknown All cut.
Jade Genet 11th 2 Unknown All cut.
Matt Laycock 6th 3 Unknown All cut.
Nic Manning 7th 3 Unknown All cut.
Luke Filippi 11th 3 Unknown All cut.
Luke London 14th 3 Unknown All cut.
Daniel Tolli 15th 3 Unknown All cut.
Michael Fisher 7th 4 Unknown All cut.
Zac Perillo 9th 4 Unknown All cut.
Alexander Robinson 11th 4 Unknown All cut.
Tony Torrisi 12th 4 Unknown All cut.
Chris White 13th 4 Unknown All cut.
Donny Byrne 14th 4 Unknown All cut.

The Grand Final

The Grand Final was where the remaining 24 competitors from the semifinals would battle it out to become the first "Australian Ninja Warrior" and the cash prize of AU$400,000 (since no competitor achieved total victory during the past three seasons, the prize money had been rolled over to this season). If no competitor achieved total victory, the competitor who made the furthest than any other competitor (also known as the Last Man Standing) would receive the cash prize of AU$100,000.

Just like on the past two seasons, the grand final on this season was run over in two episodes, with the first episode being served for Stage One and the second episode (season finale) being served for Stage Two and so on.

Stage One

Obstacles

Snake Run
Rolling Log
Diving Boards
Ring Turn
Flying Shelf Grab
Warped Wall
Ferris Wheel
Spider Jump
Chimney Sweep

Time limit: 225 seconds.

Results

Name Semifinal Placing Semifinal Result Notes
Sam Goodall 10th 1 7. Ferris Wheel
Matthew Bowles 2nd 2 Clear (0:02 left)
Bryson Klein 3rd 2 8. Spider Jump Fell at the Spider Walk portion of the obstacle.
Ben Polson 7th 2 Clear (0:07 left)
Eddie Burrill 8th 1 5. Flying Shelf Grab Digest.
Rainer Scheu 10th 2 8. Spider Jump Digest.
Alex Bigg 8th 2 3. Diving Boards Digest.
Fred Dorrington 4th 2 8. Spider Jump
Zak Stolz 1st 1 Clear (0:37 left) Second-chance advantage not used.
Troy Cullen 5th 1 7. Ferris Wheel Digest.
Zed Colback 6th 1 7. Ferris Wheel Digest.
Mike Snow 4th 1 Clear (0:32 left)
Jordan Papandrea 2nd 1 Clear (0:19 left) Digest.
Alex Matthews 11th 1 Clear (0:05 left) Digest.
Rob Patterson 3rd 1 7. Ferris Wheel
Charlie Robbins 1st 2 Clear (0:13 left) Second-chance advantage not used.
Olivia Vivian 5th 2 Clear (0:06 left) First woman to complete Stage One in Australian Ninja Warrior history.
Todd Smith 7th 1 Unknown All cut.
Stewart Furze 9th 1 Unknown All cut.
Jack Martin 12th 1 Unknown All cut.
Harry Cole 6th 2 Unknown All cut.
Jake Baker 9th 2 Unknown All cut.
Ryan Solomon 11th 2 Unknown All cut.
Rhys Landwehr 12th 2 Unknown All cut.


Stage Two

Obstacles

Rope Jungle
Spin Hopper
Salmon Ladder to Unstable Bridge
Wing Nuts
Cat Grab
Wall Lift

Time limit: 135 seconds.

Results

Name Semifinal Placing Semifinal Result Notes
Alex Matthews 11th 1 4. Wing Nuts
Jordan Papandrea 2nd 1 2. Spin Hopper
Matthew Bowles 2nd 2 Clear (0:04 left)
Ben Polson 7th 2 Clear (0:09 left)
Mike Snow 4th 1 2. Spin Hopper Disqualified for touching the frame part of the obstacle.
Zak Stolz 1st 1 Clear (0:15 left)
Olivia Vivian 5th 2 3. Salmon Ladder to Unstable Bridge Fell at the Salmon Ladder part.
Charlie Robbins 1st 2 Clear (0:22 left)


Stage Three

Obstacles

Hang Climb
Body Prop
Crazy Cliffhanger
Floating Doors
Flying Bar

Results

Name Semifinal Placing Semifinal Result Notes
Matthew Bowles 2nd 2 5. Flying Bar
Ben Polson 7th 2 Clear First competitor in Australian Ninja Warrior history to complete Stage Three and advance to Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama).
Zak Stolz 1st 1 Clear Second competitor in Australian Ninja Warrior history to complete Stage Three and advance to Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama).
Charlie Robbins 1st 2 Clear Third competitor in Australian Ninja Warrior history to complete Stage Three and advance to Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama).


Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama)

Obstacles

Rope Climb (20 meters)

Time limit: 30 seconds.

Results

Name Semifinal Placing Semifinal Result Notes
Zak Stolz 1st 1 Total Victory 0.20 seconds left. First competitor in Australian Ninja Warrior history to achieve total victory.
Charlie Robbins 1st 2 Total Victory 3.44 seconds left. Second competitor in Australian Ninja Warrior history to achieve total victory.
Ben Polson 7th 2 Total Victory 4.44 seconds left. Third competitor in Australian Ninja Warrior history to achieve total victory. Since he completed Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama) faster than both Zak Stolz and Charlie Robbins, he was then declared as the first "Australian Ninja Warrior" and won the AU$400,000 cash prize. Last Man Standing.
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