Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Trial date set in Olympic bottle-throwing case
LONDON -- A man accused of throwing a plastic bottle onto the track seconds before the men's 100-meter 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 behavior with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Usain Bolt, who won the race in 9.63 seconds, said he was unaware of the bottle. American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who finished third, said he had been briefly distracted.
Gill-Webb was arrested at the Olympic Stadium in August. Dutch judo athlete Edith Bosch intervened after the bottle was thrown and pushed Gill-Webb in the back.
He was granted conditional bail and ordered to stand trial at Stratford Magistrates Court in east London on Jan. 3.