Fri, September 20, 2013

Man arrested for throwing bottle at 100M sprinters

By QMI Agency


A man is detained by security shortly after a bottle was thrown onto the track the second the men's 100M final was about to start on August 5, 2012 in London, during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/CHRIS HELGREN)

While the world was focussing on Usain Bolt bolting toward the 100m finish line, few noticed a plastic water bottle bouncing around the track just as the sprinters took off.

BBC News reported Monday that a Dutch judo champion smacked the bottle thrower who happened to be sitting next to her.

Edith Bosch, 32, who won a bronze medal in the 70kg category, told BBC she reacted "in emotion" and hit him on the back with the flat of her hand.

The man, who was arrested on Sunday, remains in custody.

The incident did not disrupt the event and, like millions of viewers, most of the athletes seemed unaware of what had happened despite the bottle being captured on TV.

BBC says Bosch later told Dutch television station NOS TV: "I had seen the man walking around earlier and said to people around me that he was a peculiar bloke. Then he threw that bottle and in my emotion I hit him on the back with the flat of my hand.

"Then he was scooped up by the security. However, he did make me miss the final, and I am very sad about that.

"I just cannot understand how someone can do something like that," she said.

Sebastian Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, told BBC: "I'm not suggesting vigilantism but it was actually poetic justice that they happened to be sitting next to a judo player.

"Throwing a bottle on to the field of play is unacceptable, it's not just unacceptable at an Olympic Games but at any sporting event and anybody who does that will be removed. There is zero tolerance for anything like that."

Justin Gatlin, who won bronze in the race, said the bottle had been a "little distraction" and added, "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."