Wednesday 20 November 2019

Boris Johnson gets stuck on zip wire at Olympics

London Mayor Boris Johnson gets stuck whist trying out a zip wire in Victoria Park, London
London Mayor Boris Johnson gets stuck whist trying out a zip wire in Victoria Park, London

Ben Kendall

LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson was left hanging today as he got stuck in mid-air on a zipwire at an Olympic event.

Mr Johnson tried out the 148ft (45m) high, 1,050ft (320m) long line as he visited Victoria Park in the capital.

Wearing a hard hat and waving two Union flags, things seemed to go swimmingly at first.

But as he reached the end of the line it rebounded before running out of momentum about 33ft (10m) above the ground.

The mayor was left dangling inelegantly from his harness for about five minutes above a crowd of onlookers who happily snapped photographs on their mobile phone.

One shouted: "I heard Ken Livingstone set up the zipline."

Mr Johnson responded: "This is great fun but it needs to go faster."

Always keen to take an opportunity to promote the Olympics, he spent his time cheering on Team GB athletes and encouraging tourists to visit London.

He shouted to helpers: "Get me a rope or a ladder."

Eventually event staff pulled him to safety.

Mr Johnson then took on a local youngster at table tennis - which he once famously insisted was originally called "wiff waff".

Yesterday he was spotted at the beach volleyball in Horse Guards Parade where he led crowds in a Mexican wave.

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