Ninjas return in 2020 for a chance at becoming the first Australian to conquer the daunting Mount Midoriyama.
Who will win Australian Ninja Warrior in 2020 – We take a look at Ninja Warrior Australia 2020 contestants and give our tips, predictions and latest betting odds?
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Reigning champ Charlie Robbins is second favourite at $3 and has been the quickest through the course in his first and second heats.
2018 champ Rob Patterson is an outside hope in 2020 at $24 and dual runner-up in 2018 and 2019 Bryson Klein is on the fifth line of betting at $10.
Ninja veteran Ben Polson heads the market at the short quote of $1.40, while his partner, Olivia Vivian, is the only female contestant rated a chance at $15.
The power couple qualified fastest in Heat 2 and went head to head on the power tower with Polson coming out on top and gaining a 10 second advantage going into the next round.
Vivian pushed the buzzer in slow time in the second round while Polson stumbled and fell midcourse but still made it through thanks to his 10 second advantage he gained in winning the opening heat.
Ashlin ‘Flashlin’ Herbert claimed honours in Heat 1 narrowly defeating ‘barefoot ninja’ Daniel Mason and that pair are both out of contention.
Surfie twin Matt Filippi was fastest in Heat 3 but was knocked off by ‘tradie’ Sam Goodall ($25) on the Power Tower.
Australian Ninja Warrior Tips 2020
Early money is generally a good indication as to who will win these pre-recorded reality shows, so it’s hard to go past the towering 6’5 frame of Polson.
However, the bookies often get it wrong early.
If we look at Masterchef Australia in 2020, Poh Ling Yeow was a $1.30 favourite early in the piece before the smart money came for eventual winner Emelia Jackson.
The short quote for Polson could be wrong intel, and on form, speed and pure talent, Charlie Robbins, Zak Stolz ($5) and Bryson Klein loom as big dangers.
For an outside chance, Sam Goodall represents great value. He made the finals in 2017 and was struck down with Ross River Virus in 2018 which saw him exit the show as his body hadn’t fully recovered and fatigued on course.
In 2019 he missed by seconds in the opening heat of the Grand Final, but Goodall has said he feels better than ever in 2020 and that was evident by his Power Tower triumph.
Goodall has built his own Mount Midoriyama, so if he can make it through the finals, he knows what it takes to conquer the mountain.
Australian Ninja Warrior 2020 Odds
Ben Polson $1.40
Charlie Robbins $3
Zak Stolz $5
Jordan Papandrea $7.50
Bryson Klein $10
Todd Smith $12
Jake Baker $15
Olivia Vivian $15
Zed Colback $21
Rob Patterson $24
Sam Goodall $25