Fan arrested for throwing bottle on 100m Olympic track

Fan arrested for throwing bottle on 100m Olympic track

PanARMENIAN.Net - Olympic officials on Monday, August 6 sharply criticized a man who was arrested for throwing a plastic bottle on the Olympic track before Sunday's men's 100-meter final, but competitors said the unpleasant incident did not affect the showcase event.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London organizing committee, said there would be "zero tolerance" for anti-social behavior.

"Throwing a bottle on to the field of play is unacceptable, it's not just unacceptable at an Olympics Games but at any sporting event and anybody who does that will be removed," he said.

Officials said the incident had no impact on the race itself.

London police say they have arrested the man, who has not been identified or charged. The suspect was being held Monday morning at a police station in east London on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.

Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who won the race, said he was unaware of the incident, but U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, who won the bronze medal, said he had been a bit distracted when the bottle was thrown, The Associated Press reported.

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