Man to stand trial in January on charges of throwing bottle at start of Olympic 100-metre final
In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, file photo, a bottle lands on the track after being thrown from the crowd as, from left, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, United States' Justin Gatlin, Jamaica's Yohan Blake and United States' Tyson Gay start in the men's 100-metre final in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:13AM EST
LONDON -- A man accused of throwing a plastic bottle onto the track seconds before the men's 100-metre final at the London Olympics will go on trial in January.
Ashley Gill-Webb pleaded not guilty at Thames Magistrates Court on Wednesday to using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
The 34-year-old man was granted conditional bail and ordered to stand trial at Stratford Magistrates Court in east London on Jan. 3.
Gill-Webb was arrested after the incident at the Olympic Stadium in August. Dutch judo athlete Edith Bosch intervened after the bottle was thrown and pushed Gill-Webb in the back.
Usain Bolt, who won the race in 9.63 seconds, said he was unaware of the incident. American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who finished third, said he had been briefly distracted.