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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 'unlikely' to offend again

The judge sentencing Ashley Gill-Webb said although his behaviour was "serious" enough to demand punishment, he thought Gill-Webb was unlikely to offend again.

Gill-Webb was found guilty of intending to cause the men's Olympic 100m finalists harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour.

Prosecutor Helen Shaw said the high-profile nature of the incident and the fact that the world was watching were aggravating factors.

[It was a] once-in-a-four-year event watched by millions of people around the world.

Some of the people who were in that area missed the event and had paid up to £4,000 a ticket.

– Prosecutor Helen Shaw speaking at Thames Magistrates' Court

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