LONDON — London Mayor Boris Johnson, tipped as a possible future British prime minister, made a striking entry to an Olympic event by zipwire Wednesday -- only to get stuck dangling over the crowd.
a Union Jack flag in each hand, the colourful Conservative mayor
initially gathered some speed as he flew over Victoria Park in east
London, where the Games were being shown on giant screens.
"Is it a
bird? Is it a plane?" an announcer said as the mayor waved to the
crowds below, wearing a bright blue helmet with smart business suit.
he ground to a halt halfway across the 320-metre (350-yard) zipwire --
which is also open to the public -- and was left hanging awkwardly over
the spectators, still wielding his flags.
"Can you get me a rope?
Get me a rope, ok?" he called to the crowds. "I think we need to test it
on somebody going a bit faster..."
Onlookers said he was left hanging for several minutes, before officials pulled him the rest of the way. (Continues)