For the second year in a row no competitor on Australian Ninja Warrior has made it to the dreaded Mount Midoriyama.
All 23 finalists were defeated by the brutal Stage Two of the grand final course, battling 8 obstacles in a punishing 2:45 min time limit. Nobody completed the course to face Stage Three.
That left another anti-climax to the Nine series although a medal was awarded to Queensland’s Rob Patterson who finished furthest, fastest.
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Posted by Australian Ninja Warrior on Tuesday, July 31, 2018
In the USA the gruelling series took 7 seasons before somebody claimed the title, a point frequently repeated by hosts Rebecca Maddern & Ben Fordham. Across a total of 31 seasons to air in 19 countries, only six people have ever completed the final course. Four are from Japan, two are from the US.
The final was not without plenty of drama with “Tradie Ninja” Sam Goodall, impacted by Ross River fever, whose energy was so zapped mid-course he had to be assisted by the production team.
The Nine series saw a 45% drop in its ratings this year, partly-attributed to Seven’s copycat series Australian Spartan, as well as sheer competition and a diminished novelty factor. Nine has opened casting for a third season.