The Amazing Race Asia – Wrap Up

I realized I never did post this recap of The Amazing Race Asia Season 4! It really was a ride of a lifetime.. To recap the Precaps (hurhur), check them out here.

The Winners! That worm was worth eating eh~

Anyway, congratulations Richards! You were the strongest team right from the beginning, as our faithful scoreboard shows…

SCOREBOARD

Award system: The final duke out will be among the top 3, so for each leg we’ll award 4 pts to the winner, 3 pts to runner up and 2 pts to third place. The rest get 1 pt by virtue of staying in the race, 2nd last gets 0 pts for almost getting kicked off while an elimination garners -1 pt. (Thanks to the Gratz Industries Project Runway big board of Shame for the scoring system!)

In order of their finishing in the Finale:

  1. PH – Richard + Richard – 3 pts
  2. SG – Claire + Michelle – 2 pts
  3. INDO – Hussein + Natasha – 1 pt

Standings after 11 episodes:

  1. PH – Richard + Richard – 26 pts (3 first place, 5 second place, 1 safe, 1 penultimate)
  2. SG – Claire + Michelle – 14 pts (1 second place, 5 third place, 4 safe)
  3. INDO – Hussein + Natasha – 13 pts (1 first place, 3 second place, 1 third place, 1 safe, 4 penultimate)
  4. MY – Ethan + Khairie (eliminated epi 9) – 14 pts (2 first place, 2 third place, 3 safe, 1 last)
  5. PH – Jess + Lani (eliminated epi 10)– 12 pts (2 first place, 6 safe, 1 last)
  6. IN – Sunaina + Dimple (eliminated epi 6) – 10 pts (1 first place, 1 second place, 1 third place, 2 safe, 1 penultimate, 1 last)
  7. MY – Ivan + Hilda (eliminated epi 7) – 8 pts (1 first place, 1 third place, 3 safe, 1 last)
  8. IN – Manas + Sahil (eliminated epi 5) – 1 pt (2 safes, 2 penultimate, 1 last)
  9. HK – Alan + Wendy (eliminated epi 4) – 0 pt (2 safes, 2 last)
  10. INDO – Yani + Nadine (eliminated epi 2) – -2 pts (2 last)

FINAL STANDINGS

  1. PH – Richard + Richard – 26 pts (3 first place, 5 second place, 1 safe, 1 penultimate)
  2. SG – Claire + Michelle – 14 pts (1 second place, 5 third place, 4 safe)
  3. MY – Ethan + Khairie (eliminated epi 9) – 14 pts (2 first place, 2 third place, 3 safe, 1 last)
  4. INDO – Hussein + Natasha – 13 pts (1 first place, 3 second place, 1 third place, 1 safe, 4 penultimate)
  5. PH – Jess + Lani (eliminated epi 10)– 12 pts (2 first place, 6 safe, 1 last)
  6. IN – Sunaina + Dimple (eliminated epi 6) – 10 pts (1 first place, 1 second place, 1 third place, 2 safe, 1 penultimate, 1 last)
  7. MY – Ivan + Hilda (eliminated epi 7) – 8 pts (1 first place, 1 third place, 3 safe, 1 last)
  8. IN – Manas + Sahil (eliminated epi 5) – 1 pt (2 safes, 2 penultimate, 1 last)
  9. HK – Alan + Wendy (eliminated epi 4) – 0 pt (2 safes, 2 last)
  10. INDO – Yani + Nadine (eliminated epi 2) – -2 pts (2 last)

Some thoughts:

– So this scoreboard is pretty accurate huh? The only anomaly were the Malaysian boys who got kicked out due to bad decision making from the top 5… otherwise on paper, they’re up there in the top 3. If they had stayed in though, the Richards would have been out!

– The Richards were the strongest team by far, finishing 8/10 times in the top 2! Only once were they safe, and once nearly, very precariously, eliminated. They have twice the score as the next strongest team.

– The Singapore Girls and the Indo Father-Daughter are real dark horses. On paper neither team was particularly strong, with the SG girls middling as the perpetual bridesmaids’  bridesmaids with half of their finishes being in 3rd place, and the Indo team have 4 near eliminations to their record. They beat out other strong contenders like the Msian guys and the Phil and Indian girls.

– The bottom dwellers were pretty clear right from the start – there’s a significant gap between the bottom 3 teams and the rest of the pack – these people never stood a chance, oops~

Anyway it was a great ride while it lasted! Here’s till Season 5 of TARA!

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