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Drunk spectator throws bottle onto track before 100m final

Monday, August 06, 2012    

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A judo competitor last night claimed to have "beaten" a spectator who threw a bottle onto the athletics track in the Olympic Stadium shortly before Usain Bolt sprinted to victory in the men's 100 metres, the Daily Mail reported.

"Dutch judo medallist Edith Bosch was apparently at the Olympic Stadium in London when the missile was hurled onto the track, narrowly missing the athletes," the newspaper report said.

The judo competitor posted on Twitter in Dutch a message which, when translated into English, reads: "A drunken guest throws a bottle for me on the track! I HAVE BEATEN HIM.... Unbelievable! # angry # disrespectful."

The Daily Mail said that last night the Metropolitan Police confirmed that a man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

"A police spokesman said a man had been heard shouting abuse and was then seen throwing a bottle immediately before the race.

"Pictures showed the missile coming on to the track as the sprinters took their marks for the most eagerly awaited athletics race of London 2012," the Daily Mail story read.

None of the sprinters were injured and Bolt won the race in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds.

His Jamaican compatriot Yohan Blake took silver in 9.75 seconds, while American Justin Gatlin took bronze in 9.79.

The newspaper said the suspect is being held in custody at an east London police station on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.

Asked whether he knew anything about the incident Bolt said: "No, I keep hearing that. I don't know who would have done that."

Blake, when asked about it, said: "I was so focused I didn't see anything."

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