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Man Charged for Throwing Bottle on Track During 100 Meter Final

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Usain Bolt from Jamaica ran in the 100-Meter Final last night.  He won a gold medal and broke and Olympic record, but that’s not the big story from last night’s Olympic events.

A man at the track and field events yesterday threw a plastic beer bottle onto the track just before the gun went off to start the legendary 100-meter dash.  Usain Bolt told reporters that he didn’t see the bottle, but USA runner Justin Gatlin, who won bronze, said he noticed something but it didn’t affect the race.

The man has been charged.  According to Comcast,

“The man, identified as Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, was charged Monday with a public order offense and was to appear later in custody at Stratford Magistrates Court. He was charged with intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress, police said.”

And a little bit of satisfaction came in the form of Dutch judo star Edith Bosch, who hit the man after he threw the bottle!

She told Comcast,

“Dutch judo star Edith Bosch, who won a bronze medal, told Dutch TV she acted out of disappointment and anger. She said she had seen the man acting oddly before the race began.

“I had seen the man walking around earlier and said to people around me that he was a peculiar bloke,” she said. “Then he threw that bottle and in my emotion I hit him on the back with the flat of my hand.”

Good for her!

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