Dan Walker red-faced as he makes awkward Olympic gaffe in front of Colin Jackson

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BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker accidentally made up a new Olympics event and apologised on Monday after realising his error.

The presenter was teasing what events were still to come on the BBC's coverage from Tokyo, when he misread a title.

Dan, 44, was left red-faced and laughing with co-host Sam Quek, 32, and their guest, Colin Jackson, 54.

"Then there's the Women's five hundred metre final…. no… sorry, the five thousand metre!" he exclaimed, embarrassed.

"I've made up a new event!" he admitted as Sam laughed "Are you doing that one?"

"Yes, that's the one with lions and guns in it. Sorry, that is the five thousand metre final," he confirmed, still visibly flustered.

"I've just taken a bit of time off it there, that's coming up in the athletics later on" he joked, before thanking Colin Jackson for his time and saying goodbye.

Fortunately for Dan, the sporting legend found the whole thing very funny, and as he regularly commentates he has probably done similar himself.

Earlier in the show Dan also suffered a wardrobe malfunction.

It happened as he got up to walk across the studio to their medals board.

"People keep messaging in every single day about how low-tech this is, compared to our high-tech studio" he acknowledged, before getting out of his seat.

He asked Sam what music she's chosen, and she went for The Stranglers 'Golden Brown' for a tenuous Olympics pun.

"I'll be wandering up… my trousers are a bit… what's going on here?" he laughed, shaking his legs.

"Stop showing off your socks, Dan!" chided Sam.

"I've gone half mast down there!" laughed the presenter.

"Sorry about that," he joked.

"Trousers are obviously a little bit too tight!" he cringed as he pulled them back down after flashing his dark red socks.

It's been quite the morning for Dan.

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