Sakura, worried about Rock Lee, is about to jump into the arena. Kakashi stops her, telling her that comforting her will only make things worse for Lee. However, Naruto doesn’t stop her. The paramedics arrive and state that with multiple injuries of this level, Lee will never be able to continue the ninja path again. Maito Gai is overwhelmed with guilt; he didn’t believe Lee could lose, so he didn’t stop him in time. Naruto refuses to believe this, he screams for the doctors to cure him because Lee so wanted to fight Sasuke and Neji, not letting him finish. He explains that it was this strong desire to fight strong opponents like Neji, Sasuke and Naruto himself that led to the final result.
The final qualifying match between Chouji Akimichi and Dosu Kinuta begins. Chouji, knowing how dangerous his opponent is, plugs his ears and attacks in the form of a meat tank. A direct attack fails, and Dosu defeats his opponent with one punch.