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Monday
Aug062012

Man Arrested for Throwing Bottle on Olympic Track

Cameron Spencer/Getty Images(LONDON) -- An Olympics that has gone off with nary a disruption got its first taste of unruly behavior Sunday from a fan who threw a beer bottle onto the Olympic track moments before the much-anticipated men’s 100m track final was set to begin.

As racing stars Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake took their marks to claim their spots in Olympic history, a beer bottle sailed from the stands, landing just behind the runners’ starting blocks as the announcer called “set.”

The man, whom police did not identify, was immediately apprehended and arrested on suspicion of creating a public nuisance, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said.  He remained in police custody overnight and was expected to appear in court today.  If charged, he could face a prison sentence, fine, or both, since creating a public nuisance is a common law offense in the United Kingdom.

Police said the man had been shouting in the stands before he threw the bottle.  The race went on as planned, and the victor, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, said he was not aware of the distraction at all.

The man who finished in third place, American Justin Gatlinsaid, said he was aware of the ruckus but did not think it  had an impact on the race.

In a strange coincidence and turn of bad luck for the suspect, Dutch bronze medal-winning judo competitor Edith Bosch tweeted that she had punched a “drunken” man.

“A drunken guest throws a bottle for me on the track! I have beaten him … unbelievable! #angry #disrespectful,” Bosch posted in Dutch, according to the New Zealand Herald.

She later told Dutch television reporters that she had seen the suspect 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.”

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Tuesday
Mar062012

Prince Harry Beats Olympian Usain Bolt in Race in Jamaica

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(KINGSTON, Jamaica) -- Prince Harry is busy at work on his overseas tour as a royal envoy for his grandmother, the queen, but that hasn’t stopped the 27-year-old royal from having fun.

The prince, who is in Jamaica as part of a 10-day trip to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, faced off against Olympic great Usain Bolt in a friendly 20-meter race.

Sneaking in a false start before Bolt was out of the starting blocks, the prince took off down the track to beat the world’s fastest man.

Bolt, a Jamaican track and field star who holds the world record in the 100-meter sprint, laughed at the prince’s antics and quickly caught up to him down the track.

“He cheated, I said we would have a rematch in London 2012 and Harry said, ‘I’m busy,’” Bolt told the BBC, going on to compliment the prince’s laid-back style. “He’s cool, very down to earth. When you meet dignitaries you think it will be difficult but he just wanted to laugh. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet him.”

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Afterward, the duo joked around and posed for photos in Bolt’s signature “to the world” pose. Bolt presented the prince with a T-shirt in the Jamaican national colors that said “‘Harry can Bolt.”

Besides hamming it up with Bolt, the fun-loving prince boogied with locals during a stop in Belize over the weekend and was photographed smiling with Miss Bahamas contestants at an event for young Bahamian leaders.

Harry, who is third in line to the throne, has attended to royal business, meeting with officials and visiting hospitals and charity organizations throughout the trip. He meets with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller later Tuesday, and will attend a state dinner Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, the prince will meet with Jamaican Defense Force soldiers and will join them in firearm practice and a ceremony rappelling down a 60-foot fast rope tower.

His first official trip on the queen’s behalf ends Thursday.

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