Trump and Kim fakes thank Olympics for kind welcome

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In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, photo, costume players dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and US President Donald Trump, right, pose as they wait to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP)
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In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, photo, costume players dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and US President Donald Trump, right, leave after attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP)
Updated 10 February 2018

Trump and Kim fakes thank Olympics for kind welcome

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Lookalikes of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un who caused a stir at Friday’s Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony have thanked organizers for their tender loving care.
The feuding ‘world leaders’ sparked excitement when they infiltrated the press area before being tackled by security.
But the Kim impersonator, who goes by the stage name of Howard X, insisted they had not been ejected from the stadium, merely escorted back to their correct seats.
“We tried to sneak into the media section so we could wave to the athletes,” he told AFP on Saturday.
“They didn’t kick us out, we had tickets. A bunch of journalists were chasing us so security took us outside so we could get to our seats,” the fake Kim added.
“They were very professional and just doing their jobs. They even provided us with an entourage, so we looked like the real thing and it caused even more of a commotion.”
Local organizers insisted normal protocol had been followed.
“There was no problem with their costumes but they entered the media seats with a regular ticket,” they said. “We just guided out those who have entered the media seats by mistake.”
Fake Kim admitted that he and Trump substitute Dennis Alan had failed to get close enough to interact with athletes, including the two Koreas who marched together behind the blue-and-white unification flag.
They were also not able to get close to the VIP area, where US Vice President Mike Pence and the real Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong were in attendance.
But the imposters were given a warm reception by stunned onlookers, according to Howard.
“People told us it was really funny,” he said. “Even the security guards were asking for selfies.”


US sprinter beats Usain Bolt’s 200m world record - but only runs 185m

Updated 10 July 2020

US sprinter beats Usain Bolt’s 200m world record - but only runs 185m

  • Lyles was racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

LONDON: For a few fleeting minutes, US sprinter Noah Lyles thought he had broken the long-standing 200 meter world record at the Inspiration Games on Thursday.

Lyles, 22, is the 200m world champion and his time of 18.90 seconds would have smashed the 19.19 mark set by Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in 2009.

But the headline time will not go into the history books after it was revealed he only ran 185 meters due to a blunder by the event organizers putting the starting line in the wrong place.

Lyles was racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

His staggering time was immediately challenged by commentators watching the event.

“You can’t be playing with my emotions like this....Got me in the wrong lane smh,” he tweeted. He later tweeted again to correct himself, saying he had in fact started on the wrong line. 

The farcical ending to one of the headline races in the event will be an embarrassment for the organizers who were banking on showing the world that technology can make a major international athletics event possible despite the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.