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Derek Nakamoto is an Asian-American Musician who competed in American Ninja Warrior 4(his first time on American Ninja Warrior) and he beat the qualifier and placed 8th, then he cleared the Southwest Regional Finals fast enough to make the top 15 despite struggling on the Warped Wall. In Las Vegas Nakamoto cleared Stage 1 with the fastest time and in Stage 2 he kept up his pace, but he fell on the Metal Spin when he gripped the bungee chain with his hands above his head. In American Ninja Warrior 5, he was expected to go all the way due to his performance the previous competition, but shocked many when he failed the fourth obstacle in the qualifiers, the Floating Chains.

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