The Straits Times
Published on Feb 05, 2013

London Olympics 100m beer bottle-thrower sentenced


LONDON (AFP) - A British man who threw a plastic beer bottle onto the track at the start of the London Olympics men's 100 metres final was sentenced on Monday to an eight-week community order.

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was convicted of public disorder last month after he shouted at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and hurled the bottle from an exclusive seating area in the Olypic Stadium.

"Your intention was to target the highest-profile event at the London Olympic and put off Usain Bolt," judge William Ashworth told Gill-Webb as he sentenced him at Thames Magistrates Court in east London.

"The potential harm of triggering a false start was significant. By good fortune, you failed. You did, however, spoil the occasion for some spectators and tarnish the spirit of the Games." Mr Ashworth added that the sentence had been reduced to take into account the effects of Gill-Webb's bipolar disorder.