Parkour athlete backflips on edge of Metro platform as train arrives

Parkour athlete backflips on edge of Metro platform as train arrives

Flipping heck! Heartstopping moment daredevil does backflip on the edge of a Metro platform as the train comes in

  • Raphaël Bourgeat-lami, 24, executed his death-defying feat on the Paris Metro
  • Raphaël, from Nimes, South of France, said: ‘Commuters told me to be careful’
  • He has been participating in parkour and freerunning since he was 14 

Commuters were left stunned when an adrenaline junkie backflipped in front of an oncoming train.

Raphaël Bourgeat-lami, 24, was filmed performing the move on the very edge of a Metro station platform in Paris as the train approached on Wednesday.

Mobile phone footage shows the thrill-seeker, wearing a loose red sweatshirt and trackpants, with his heels off the edge, as one woman asks why he is standing in such a precarious position.

As soon as the train approaches the platform, a confident Raphaël performs the stunning flip – leaving bystanders gasping.

Raphaël Bourgeat-lami, 24, successfully executes a backflip while standing on the edge of a Metro station platform in Paris as a train approaches


Seconds earlier, the young daredevil prepares for his death-defying feat as bystanders look on in disbelief… and the Line 13 train hurtles into view

‘The commuters watching were surprised and impressed,’ said Raphaël, from Nimes in the South of France. He shares his stunts with his 18,000 followers on Instagram

Raphaël, from Nimes in the South of France, said: ‘It was a personal mental challenge. I tried the flip several times without the train. I did about 20 perfect ones first.

‘The commuters watching were surprised and impressed. They told me to be careful.’

Dangerous as it was, his stunt – which appears to have been performed at Porte de Clichy – did not result in any intervention from the police. 


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Raphaël, who shares his daredevil stunts with his 18,000 followers on Instagram page @raphoubl, said he never performs any stunts without being completely sure of safety.

The daredevil has been practising parkour and free-running for the last 10 years, since he was 14 – and is a member of the group Graviteam.

He added: ‘Before making a flip that is risky, I test it many times to be 100 per cent sure that I will succeed.

‘I do not think I am risking my life because I am focused on what I’m doing.

‘I have been training for ten years and I think I have enough mastery to do that.’ 


In preparation for his feat, Raphaël tried the flip several times without the train. ‘I did about 20 perfect ones first,’ he said

The daredevil has been practising parkour and freerunning for the last 10 years, since he was 14 – and is a member of the group Graviteam

The Parkour expert added: ‘I do not think I am risking my life because I am focused on what I’m doing’

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