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Man " screamed abuse at Usain Bolt"

Olympic official with bottle thrown onto track Photo: Reuters

A man from North Yorkshire screamed abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt before hurling a bottle at the start line of the men's Olympic 100m final at London's Olympic Stadium, a court heard.

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area without a ticket and shouted things like: "Usain you are bad, you are an arsehole," the court was told.

He then threw the beer bottle as the race - which Bolt went on to win in 9.63 seconds - started at the stadium on August 5.

Bottle on Olympic stadium track Credit: Reuters

Gill-Webb, from South Milford, near Leeds, was confronted by Dutch judoka Edith Bosch, then restrained by Locog volunteers and arrested by police, the court was told.

Gill-Webb denies using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress, as well as an alternative charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.

Ashley Gill-Webb Credit: ITV News

Opening the case at Stratford Magistrates' Court in east London, prosecutor Neil King told the court the Games had reached a highlight with the men's 100m final.

He said: "In the stadium, along with the many thousands who should have been there legitimately and were watching the race in hushed anticipation, was also Mr Gill-Webb who it is now accepted was unwell at the time.

"His conduct at the time however, the Crown say, was one that was causing harassment, alarm and distress to those around him and his conduct was one that he intended to case harassment, alarm and distress.

"He had somehow, without a ticket ever being found on him, made his way into very exclusive seats indeed.

"He was mingling with members of the Dutch Olympic team. Indeed he would be within striking distance of a bronze medallist Ms Edith Bosch."

Detective Constable Kevin Guest told the court Gill-Webb's DNA was later found on the bottle and video clips showed it landing near the start line, as well as Gill-Webb throwing it.

The trial continues.