Boris Johnson dangles 20ft in the air after getting stuck on a zip-wire while celebrating Team GB's first Olympic gold Link to this video.
Boris Johnson continued to make his presence felt at the 2012 Olympic Games, dangling 20ft in the air after getting stuck while taking part in a zip-wire act.
For those who thought they had a breather from the mayor of London's voice following the decision to ditch his message to tube and bus users to plan their journeys to avoid transport hell, they only needed to look up to see the unmistakable figure of Johnson hanging wistfully in the air.
He took to the zip wire in Victoria Park, east London, close to the Olympic Park, with safety helmet firmly on and a union flag in each hand following Team GB's first gold medal victory. But he was left hanging for several minutes as he lost momentum and got stuck over a crowd of people.
Johnson, always game, flashed his ankles as the safety harness pulled up the trousers of his smart suit. As onlookers snapped photos on their mobile phones, he joked: "This is great fun but it needs to go faster."
After the incident, it was left to his spokesperson to admit that, were Olympic judges looking, the mayor would not be marked out as a winner. The best they could say is that he "survived" it.
"Clearly the judges are likely to mark him down for artistic interpretation and, unlike Team GB, he won't be bagging any gold medals today but he remains unbowed," said the spokesperson.
If overseas visitors to London had not heard of the colourful mayor before landing in London, they certainly will have by the time they leave.
At a surprise appearance at the beach volleyball in Horse Guards Parade on Monday with 15,000 spectators present, Johnson started his own brand of the Mexican wave and got people to their feet.
With more than a week and half to go, it remains to be seen where he will pop up and precisely what he will do.
Some may have sympathy with the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, who recently confided to the Independent that he was scared Johnson would "do something crazy when he hands over the flag". "He's crazy," said Paes, whose city will host the 2016 Olympic Games.
I do wish people would stop suggesting this muppet has potential as a future Prime Minister. I know we have a 'unique' sense of humour but come on. Look at him.