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Olympics 100m bottle-thrower 'wanted Bolt to lose'

Published on Jan 4, 2013 6:24 AM
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100m final at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug 5, 2012 in London. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A man screamed abuse at Usain Bolt before throwing a plastic beer bottle on to the track shortly before the men's 100m final at the London Olympics, prosecutors said at his trial on Thursday.

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area without a ticket and shouted things like: "Usain, I want you to lose," Stratford Magistrates' Court in east London was told.

As the sprinters went up into the 'set' position on their starting blocks for the race on Aug 5, Gill-Webb threw the green Heineken bottle on to the track behind the athletes, prosecutors said.

Bolt went on to win the race in 9.63sec to retain his 100m title.

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