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  • 6 August 2012, 20:12

Olympic Bottle Throwing Accused Denies Charge

A man accused of throwing a bottle on to the track at the start of the men's 100m final at the Olympic Stadium has denied the allegation.

Ashley Gill-Webb, from South Milford, near Leeds, appeared at Stratford Magistrates Court charged with using words or threatening behavious with intent to cause harrassment, alarm or distress under section 4A of the Public Order Act.

The 34-year-old pleaded not guilty to the public order offence.

The case was adjourned for trial at Thames Magistrates Court on September 3.

Gill-Webb was granted bail on condition that he does not enter any Olympic venue, including the whole of the Olympic Park, and that he resides at his address with the exception of the evening before his next court appearance.

Nobody was injured during the incident at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, on Sunday evening.

The event went ahead and the race won by Jamaica's Usain Bolt.

US sprinter Justin Gatlin, who finished third to win bronze, said afterwards: "It was a little distraction and I didn't know what it was.

"But when you're in those blocks and the whole stadium's quiet you can hear a pin drop."

Bolt told reporters he had been unaware of the incident.

He added: "No, I keep hearing that. I don't know who would have done that."

Bolt retained his title and set a new Olympic record to win the race in 9.63sec, followed by fellow countryman Yohan Blake, who took silver on 9.75sec, with Gatlin coming in third place on 9.79sec.