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London bottle-tosser claims he didn’t intend to disrupt race

Jan 3, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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Ashley Gill-Webb, semi-infamous for tossing a bottle onto the London Olympic track mere seconds before the men’s 100m final, argued Thursday in court that he did not intend to disrupt the race.

Instead, Gill-Webb’s lawyer offered that her client was mentally-ill at the time of the race, and was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder after last summer’s incident. Gill-Webb admits to throwing the bottle, agrees he was disorderly, but doesn’t believe he’s responsible for his actions. Judge William Ashworth was less than taken by the defense:

“He looks perfectly normal to me but obviously on occasions he has manic behavior problems,” the judge said. “From the doctor’s preliminary discussion about Mr Gill-Webb’s behavior, it seems there is some evidence his behavior was outside the normal. It seems there’s a potential issue in there.”

Doesn’t sound too good for ol’ Ashley.

Gill-Webb, 34, was arrested from his seat after the incident, which actually saved him from getting pummeled by Dutch judo athlete Edith Bosch, who sitting behind him. The tosser pleaded not guilty  to the charges of using threatening words or behavior with intent to cause harassment, alarm, or distress, back in November.

Thankfully his actions likely had little to no effect on the race – Usain Bolt said he didn’t notice. Bronze medalist Justin Gatlin noted a brief distraction, but still ran a lifetime best.

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