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Poetic justice for 100m final bottle thrower
12:45pm Monday 6th August 2012 in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News
A MAN who threw a bottle onto the track at last night's 100m final and was then apparently hit by a Dutch judo player was the victim of "poetic justice", Seb Coe has said.
The bottle landed on the track behind the athletes as they prepared to start the race, and a man was later arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.
Last night, 70kg Dutch judo player Edith Bosch told a Dutch TV station: "I had seen the man walking around earlier and said to people around me that he was a peculiar bloke.
"Then he threw that bottle and in my emotion I hit him on the back with the flat of my hand.
"Then he was scooped up by the security. However, he did make me miss the final, and I am very sad about that.
"I just cannot understand how someone can do something like that."
Seb Coe said this morning he did not want to condone vigilantism, but added: "It was actually poetic justice that they did happen to be sitting next to a judo player.
"I think the expression is Ippon."
A police spokesman said a man had been heard shouting abuse and was then seen throwing the bottle immediately before the race, which was won by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. He said nobody was injured during the incident and the event was not disrupted.
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."