Taipei Mayor Falls for New Running Track

Taipei City Mayor, Ko, Wen-je (柯文哲) tried out the new running track at the refurbished Taipei Municipal Stadium, and promptly went face-down after losing his balance this morning, April 7, 2017.

Mayor Ko was inspecting the stadium after renovations were completed March 29, ahead of the 2017 Summer Universiade, which is to be hosted by the city August 19-30. The stadium received International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certification April 4.

The mayor posed with a mascot before taking part in the 50 meter race. Sprinting from the start, Mayor Ko put his upper body forward and flailed his arms as he tried to regain his balance, finally falling flat onto the surface of the track. After getting a close-up view of the new track surface, he got up and finished the race.

The mayor was unhurt and unfazed by the incident. He laughed it off and said he hadn’t run for a long time and should have warmed up before the race. He said that his lack of injury showed the good quality and flexibility of the track.

Ko, Wenje loses his balance during a race which saw him fall, but unhurt onto the new track surface
Taipei City Mayor Ko, Wenje loses his balance during a race at Taipei City Stadium April 7, 2017. Picture: United Daily News.
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wenje falls during race
Ko Wenje gets a close-up view of the new track surface a Taipei Municipal Stadium, during an inspection of the facility ahead of the Summer Universiade to be held August 19-30. Picture: Liberty Times Network.

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