| London: Olympic officials on Monday condemned a man arrested for throwing a plastic bottle on the track before Sunday night`s men`s 100-meter final as competitors said the unpleasant incident did not affect the showcase event.
"The incident had no impact on the competitors or the event," the London organization committee said Monday, adding that it "does not tolerate abusive or anti-social behavior and will seek to remove people behaving in this way from its venues."
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.
The suspect was reportedly hit by a Dutch judo champion after he threw the bottle on the track moments before the start of the 100-meter final.
Edith Bosch told Dutch television reporters she acted out of disappointment and anger. She said she had seen the man acting in an unusual way before he threw the bottle.
"I had seen the man walking around earlier and said to people around me that he was a peculiar bloke," she said.
"Then he threw that bottle and in my emotion I hit him on the back with the flat of my hand."
Police said the man had shouted abuse before hurling the bottle just before the race began.
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.
"But when you`re in those blocks and the whole stadium`s quiet you can hear a pin drop," he said, adding that he did not think the race had been affected. Police said no one was injured and the event was not disrupted.
First Published: Monday, August 06, 2012, 17:01