Looks like the events will be split up again with not everyone competing in every event.
So far there will be a Shotgun Touch featuring Gaku Sano, Japanese runner Kenji Fujimitsu, J-Leaguer Kensuke Nagai, Japan football player Takashi Kurihara, 2004 gold medalist Justin Gatlin and current MLBer Whit Merrifeld.
There will also be a Power Wall event and a Monster Box.
Post by ArbuthnotBlob on Dec 22, 2017 10:22:00 GMT -5
Bad twitter translations imply Kane is filming something for TBS on New Years Day, but nothing to do with SASUKE. Either Inui is involved in said other thing (which appears to have sporting connotations) or they literally just had a random encounter in TBS-land.
*The Chickens Are Revolting is heard playing faintly in the background*
Hirano took the Monster Box with 21, Kane and Denis Ablyazin topped out at 20 (i.e. failed 21). Hirano went for 24 but didn't get it.
All Black's Nepo Laulala took took the Power Wall. Nomura got smoked by finalist Tomas Walsh, an NZ shotputter. Mandy Sekiguchi finished 3rd.
Kane was the first out at 12m40cm of the Shotgun Touch. Kensuke Nagai took the event at 13m20cm over Whit Merrifield and Kenji Fujimitsu. Sano missed the button on his 2nd try at 12m80cm. Justin Gatlin, failed 13m00cm with the worst Shotgun Touch form ever. He looked like he was diving into a pool.
All in all, not a bad showing for Kane. He could probably hang with the young men of the regular Sports Danshi shows.
Unfortunately, amidst all the problems that stream copy had, it didn't even finish the show, it cut out just before the last Shotgun Touch attempt. I do miss the straight forward format without the points forcing longer distances than people clearly can do. I don't know how anyone didn't make Gatlin realize just looking up at the damn ball would help his form wonders.
I'd argue this was the best SpoDan "special" (as in not a full competition). I get a perverse joy out of seeing Nomura beaten so handily. Sekiguchi to some extent as well, but he at least got 3rd. I feel like Hirano is gonna get 24 at some point, someone hit up Ōyama as well. If Kane can come back, surely the Monster9 stench has worn off him.
Seeing Kane in a present day sense competing is almost surreal. It just makes 1. the wish for a Sasuke return that much greater and 2. if he's this competitive at 43, I just wish we got him back a little sooner.