Judo medallist claims bashing bottle thrower

Last updated 13:09 06/08/2012
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COLLARED: A man is detained by security shortly after an "incident" during the men's 100 metres final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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DISCARDED: The beer bottle bounces on the track as competitors in the men's 100 metres final start off the blocks.
Edith Bosch
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THROWING A PUNCH: Edith Bosch, who won judo bronze, claims she punched the man accused of throwing a bottle onto the track.
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Usain Bolt crosses the line first in the 100m final.

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A man is in police custody after being arrested for throwing a bottle onto the track just as the men's Olympic 100m final was about to start, London police said.

As the starter called "set" and the athletes rose to wait for the bang, the bottle landed behind the blocks in lane five, a few metres behind Jamaica's Yohan Blake, who went on to take the silver medal.

It came to a halt just as the sprinters set off.

Dutch bronze medal-winning judo competitor Edith Bosch tweeted that she had punched the "drunken" man in the stands.

She tweeted in Dutch a message which, when translated, says: "A drunken guest throws a bottle for me on the track! I have beaten him....unbelievable! #angry #disrespectful"

Blake said: "I was so focused I didn't see anything. I was so focused on just running to the line."

The police spokesman said that the man was arrested inside the Olympic Stadium "on suspicion of causing a public nuisance".

"He had been heard to shout abuse and then threw a plastic bottle on to the track," he said.

"That was immediately prior to the start of the men's 100m final. He remains in custody at an east London police station."

Jamaica's Usain Bolt defended his Olympic title, winning the race in a new Olympic record of 9.63 seconds.

Speaking afterwards, Bolt told reporters he had been unaware of the incident.

"I keep hearing that. I don't know who would have done that," he said.

US sprinter Justin Gatlin, who won bronze, said: "It was a little distraction and I didn't know what it was.

"But when you're in those blocks and the whole stadium's quiet you can hear a pin drop."

Gatlin said the incident had not affected the race.

"You just have to block it out and go out there and do what you got to do. You can't complain about that, the race went on and it was a great race."

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