The Flying Bar (フライングバー) was the final obstacle of SASUKE's new Third Stage from SASUKE 25 and 26. It is a hybrid of the Jumping Bars and Pipe Slider (Though Akbar Gbaja-Biamila refered to it as a horizontal version of the Salmon Ladder), where the competitor must negotiate down a track by jumping from one rung to another while holding onto a pipe. There are five rungs, with each jump approximately 11 feet from one to the next. In SASUKE 27, the obstacle was placed second on the stage, while the new Bar Glider takes its previous spot. In addition, the obstacle was shortened from five rungs to three. This version did not prove to be so difficult, only eliminating 2 competitors out of the 10 who attempted it that day. It was removed after Urushihara Yuuji's second Kanzenseiha, being replaced by the Iron Paddler, but would later return in its SASUKE 27 version in SASUKE 32 replacing its former successor. Upon its return, the obstacle proved brutal, eliminating 4 out of the 8 competitors who attempted it, including former finalists Nagasaki Shunsuke and Kawaguchi Tomohiro.
The Flying Bar was in its usual eighth position in the Third Stage of the American Ninja Warrior 4 Vegas Finals, but it was unattempted. But it was attempted in American Ninja Warrior 5 by Brian Arnold but was undefeated. It reappeared in American Ninja Warrior 6, but was un-attempted again. In American Ninja Warrior 7, Isaac Caldiero became the first to clear it in national competition, Geoff Britten became the second, while Ian Dory couldn't get past it.
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- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
American Ninja Warrior Results