International King of Sports

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

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Aired Unknown Sep 15, 2002 on Channel Five
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In the first (broadcast) episode four unknown athletes from Australia, Germany, England and Japan compete for a place in the final to win the title of "International King of Sports." In this episode challenges the athletes must compete in were; Double Legged Hurdles: Just like 100m hurdles, but competitors must keep their feet together at all times. The kangaroo-hop required to excel at this event gives Australians a natural advantage, although a Japanese athlete won the first round.Speed Gun Run: The sprint event of this competition, athletes must wind up to maximum speed within 20 metres when their velocity is measured by a speed gun. The catch is they must simultaneously plough into an upright crash mat. Water Dive: A high-jumping contest where competitors leap head-first over the bar and into a diving pool with the aid of a small springboard. Slalom Run: Just like the skiers do at the Winter Olympics, but this event is atacked on foot via a grassy slope. The rugby playing Essex boy who represented Britain in this first round revolutionsed the event by wearing football studs. Long Dive: Much like the long traditional jump, but competitorsr are required to land in the sandpit on their stomach. Feet are not allowed to touch the sand before the torso and distance is measured from the furthest outreached hand. Eye goggles are a must have. With all points added up it was the Japanese athlete who won a place in the next round, with Britain in 2nd and Germany in 3rd. Unfortunately for the Australian athelete he had not won enough points to pass the 3rd challenge.moreless

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