Boris Johnson can’t resist a boast.
‘I remember sprinting down the Olympic track in Beijing,’ he tells a group of young athletes, who have been showing off their skills at the new Commonwealth Games stadium in Birmingham.
The youngsters look him up and down incredulously and chorus: ‘Really? Did you?’
With a sheepish laugh the Prime Minister revises his claim downwards, saying: ‘Well, I tried to sprint.’
It later transpires that the incident involved an after-hours ‘race’ in the famous Bird’s Nest stadium with his press aide Guto Harri, who is now reunited with him after more than a decade apart.
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Both men wore suits. Neither troubled the record books.
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