An olympic athlete faced a very different kind of hurdle today after arriving in London. The bus carrying world 400 metres hurdles champion Kerron Clement got lost.
The American was among hundreds of athletes arriving in the capital this morning ahead of the Games which begin in less than two weeks. Kerron Clement tweeted:
USA Track and Field said the American athletes were heading to the Village just to pick up their accreditation before travelling to their pre-Games training camp in Birmingham.
A media shuttle bus carrying officials from Australia also had trouble getting to its destination.
They were taken the scenic route past Buckingham Palace and through the back streets of West Ham on the east London/Essex border. Speaking to the Telegraph Online Australian official Damian Kelly said:
Even the Olympic Torch Relay hasn't escaped problems with buses.
As the procession passed through Fareham in Hampshire over the weekend, staff on the top deck had to dive for cover after it hit a branch and snapped off a big piece.
Watch the video in full at ITV Meridian.
The events are remarkably similar to a plot in the BBC comedy series 'Twenty Twelve'.
In one episode a bus tour for a team of delegates ends in disaster as the driver gets completely lost.