Sharing some of the records I think could’ve easily been broken but just haven’t been due to luck.
Oldest person to clear Stage 1: I know a 44yo cleared in SASUKE 1 and still 23 years later the record stands. I feel like this is super unlucky given that every potential competitor seems to quit at or before this age. Okuyama retired at 43, Kong retired at 42, Nagano retired at 44 etc. the most former would’ve 100% cleared in Sasuke 30 and broken that record but alas......
Most consecutive Third Stage appearances: Now we all know Drew could’ve and should’ve beaten this record, but alas the Kerfuffle in 36 ruined this. Okuyama as well because they didn’t select him to compete in SASUKE 28 where he could’ve easily reached Stage 3, 29 not so much because of the insane Stage 2. Hopefully Jun Sato clears in SASUKE 38 and breaks Takeda’s record finally.
Most consecutive/overall Final Stage appearances: I think the issue here is that when Nagano was at his peak they were doing 2, sometimes even 3 tournaments a year, with a relatively modest and flat difficulty increase. Whereas now, tournaments are only held once a year and if someone makes the Final they tend to boost the difficulty. It gives even the strongest competitors less of an opportunity to reach the Final more than once I think Morimoto could’ve reached the final in SASUKE 33 and 34 if it wasn’t for the ridiculous Stage 3 combo.
Do we know what Okuyama's injury was that he sustained on the Cross Slider in 29? I think it's reasonable to say it was not a guarantee he would have cleared in 30, and I think being accident prone in your 40s is something that is a fair eliminating factor for all to try avoiding.
Apparently an ankle injury upon the dismount, but it couldn’t have been that bad given that he made it through the spider walk.
I feel like the best person who has a shot at beating the age record is Yuuji. He’s 41 now but he seems to have the spirit and body of someone in their 30s, also he’s on a resurgence right now which is pretty unheard of. Most competitors like Kong, Nagano, Takeda etc. start to decline into their late 30s.
It would have to be Shingo if anyone. Takeda’s got super out of shape in the last few months probably due to his shoulder injury, otherwise I’d be more confident.
Shingo has potential evident from his Dragon Glider attempt; but I’m not sure if he can do it as it’s been a good 6 years and 7 tournaments now. I personally think if he can get his head of out of this trampoline-o-phobia then he might have a chance.
Personally I don’t see it happening due to ageing and his lacklustre performances of recent but I’d love to be proven wrong.
Post by NinjaWarriorFan57 on Jul 29, 2020 17:50:31 GMT -5
Takeda's slowly coming back into a shape and he's also practiced the Dragon Glider on a homemade replica so he may also have a chance but of course we'll have to wait and see, I definitely don't want to keep jinxing these two to fail early again.
I know a 44yo cleared in SASUKE 1 and still 23 years later the record stands.
That 44 years old goes by the name of Inoue Kiyomi *#88 in SASUKE 1*. Pretty impressive since he lost about six seconds standing still while the timer already started and still finish with 15 seconds remaining.
Last Edit: Jul 29, 2020 21:42:30 GMT -5 by ChiBiJKT48
11 competitors in 3rd stage. This record has not been broken since Sasuke 4. There have been close calls with 10 competitors in 3rd stage and each time someone shockingly failed - Yamada's glove disqualification (12), Bunpei on balance tank (14), Lee En Chi on first obstacle (27) and Drew in 36.
Honorable mention goes to Sasuke 30 in which 9 competitors made it to 3rd stage with Morimoto being squashed under walls and stupid salmon ladder unfairly eliminating Kongu.
I forgot about that one actually. Particularly Sasuke 12 and 36 were ridiculously unlucky because of disqualifications. Also, I reckon had it not been for the Swap Salmon Ladder rule in Sasuke 30 we could've seen 12 clears, because Nagano, Kongu, and Takeda could've both made Stage 3 if it wasn't for that dumba** rule.