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Olympics: Man held after bottle thrown on to 100m track

Category: England

Published: 5th Aug 2012 23:46:54

A man has been arrested after a bottle was thrown on to the track seconds before the start of the men's 100m final at the Olympic Stadium.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a man had been heard shouting abuse and was then seen throwing a bottle. It landed behind the sprinters.

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt won the hotly contested final.

US sprinter Justin Gatlin, who took bronze, said the thrown bottle had been a "little distraction".

Speaking after the race he said: "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."

Nobody was injured during the incident and the event was not disrupted, police said.

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

Bolt told reporters he had been unaware of the incident.

He added: "No, I keep hearing that. I don't know who would have done that."

Dutch judo bronze medallist Edith Bosch claimed on Twitter that she had "beaten" the person who had thrown the bottle.

She said: "A drunken spectator threw a bottle onto the track! I HAVE BEATEN HIM .... unbelievable."

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