Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 8/6/12

Earlier today at the 2012 London Olympics, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt held onto his title of “World’s Fastest Man” when he blew away the field in the 100m finals in a time of 9.63—a new Olympic record—to capture his second consecutive gold medal in the Olympic 100m race. Bolt’s training partner Yohan Blake finished second with a personal best time of 9.75, while American Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion in the 100m, grabbed the bronze with a 9.79, which was also a personal best for him. It was a phenomenal race, with 7 of the 8 competitors posting times under the 10-second mark (Jamaican Asafa Powell pulled up lame during the race with a groin issue, but still managed to make it to the finish line with a time of 11.99).

However, a strange occurrence took place as the sprinters were in the blocks, just before the starter’s pistol fired, that could have caused some semi-serious problems. You may not be able to tell from the picture, but found in that yellow circle is a bottle that was thrown by a spectator at the runners as they were prepared to race. Luckily the man’s throw didn’t reach the intended target, instead falling short and ending up on the track behind them.

Here’s video of the incident…

The projectile didn’t seem to bother the sprinters or cause any major distraction, but the man’s actions definitely caught the attention of stadium security, and one particular fan who was sitting near the possibly drunken, bottle throwing lout.

The fan? Bronze medal winning Dutch judoka Edith Bosch, who witnessed the whole sordid affair, and decided to dole out some street justice to the guy who allegedly tossed the bottle at the runners. Bosch claims, via her Twitter account, that she physically beat the man who threw the bottle on the track. Whether this is true or not I don’t know, but seeing that she could probably kick the crap out of me and anyone who looks like me, I tend to believe her.

To add insult to injury, the man was arrested immediately following the incident, and has been charged with “suspicion of causing a public nuisance.” The suspect is expected to be in court on Monday.

From a Scotland Yard spokesperson…

“A man was arrested inside the Olympic Stadium on suspicion of causing a public nuisance on the evening of Sunday, 5 August,” he said.

“The man had been heard to shout abuse and then throw a plastic bottle on to the track immediately prior to the start of the men’s 100m final.

“He remains in custody at an east London police station.”

Once again, it’s a stupid, stupid idea to throw something on the field of play during a sporting competition. Not only because it can injure an athlete and disrupt the game or match, but because the person sitting next to you may be a bronze medal winning judoka with a short temper and quick hands.

[Telegraph]

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