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100m bottle thrower punished

The man who threw a plastic beer bottle at competitors at the start of the men's Olympic 100m final has been sentenced to an eight-week community order.

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Olympic bottle thrower hurled abuse at Usain Bolt

The court heard that Ashley Gill-Webb pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area at the Olympic stadium.

He started shouting towards Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, "Usain, I want you to lose. Usain, you are bad, you are an a*******", and then threw a plastic beer bottle as the men's 100m final started.

Ashley Gill-Webb hurled abuse at Usain Bolt during the incident. Credit: Reuters/Paul Hackett

Gill-Webb was later escorted from the stadium and arrested.

Bolt and Yohan Blake, who won gold and silver in the race, said they had been unaware of the incident.

Gill-Webb, who did not give evidence during his trial, originally denied throwing the bottle, but his DNA was found on it.

He later said he could not remember the incident taking place.

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