At the Hyde Park concert which welcomed the torch to its final Olympic cauldron before the Opening Ceremony, the Mayor of London rallied the crowd’s excitement for the Games.
“The excitement is growing so much I think the Geiger counter of Olympo-mania is going to go zoink off the scale,” Mr Johnson said to cheers from the crowd.
He added: “I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. He wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes we are!”
The US Republican presidential candidate had questioned London’s preparations for the Olympics in an interview with NBC, but on his visit to the city he retracted his statement and said that the Games would be a success.
The Olympic torch will travel through London to the Olympic Stadium for this evening’s Opening Ceremony.