Man accused of throwing plastic bottle, abusing Bolt before Olympic 100 final goes on trial

The Associated Press
January 3, 2013

LONDON - Prosecutors say a man got into Olympic Stadium for the men's 100-meter final at the London Games without a valid ticket before shouting at Usain Bolt and throwing a plastic bottle onto the track.

Ashley Gill-Webb's trial began Thursday in London near the Olympic Stadium five months after the incident took place.

Gill-Webb is accused of using an old ticket to get into the stadium and then shouting at Bolt, "Usain I want you to lose. Usain you are bad," accompanied by an obscenity. A plastic beer bottle was then thrown.

Gill-Webb denies the charges of intending to cause harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour, and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour.

Bolt won the gold medal in 9.63 seconds.