(AP) – Olympic officials on Monday sharply criticized a man who was arrested for throwing a plastic bottle on the Olympic track before Sunday’s men’s 100-meter final, but competitors said the unpleasant incident did not affect the showcase event.
Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London organizing committee, said there would be “zero tolerance” for anti-social behavior. “Throwing a bottle on to the field of play is unacceptable, it’s not just unacceptable at an Olympics Games but at any sporting event and anybody who does that will be removed,” he said.
Officials said the incident had no impact on the race itself. London police say 34-year-old Ashley Gill-Webb was charged Monday with intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress.
The suspect was reportedly hit by a Dutch judo champion after he threw the bottle on the track moments before the start of the 100-meter final. Edith Bosch, the judo champion, told Dutch television reporters she acted out of disappointment and anger. She said she had seen the man acting in an unusual way before he threw the bottle.