The Leeds man who threw a plastic beer bottle at competitors at the start of the men’s Olympic 100m final was sentenced to an eight-week community order today.
Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, of South Milford, near Leeds, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was found guilty of public disorder at Stratford Magistrates’ Court, east London, last month.
District Judge William Ashworth, sitting at Thames Magistrates’ Court, told Gill-Webb: “Your intention was to target the highest-profile event at the London Olympic and put off Usain Bolt.
“The potential harm of triggering a false start was significant. By good fortune, you failed.
“You did, however, spoil the occasion for some spectators and tarnish the spirit of the Games.”
Gill-Webb will be electronically-monitored and be subject to a 7pm to 7am curfew.
He was also ordered to pay a £1,500 contribution to costs.