LONDON—The fate of a Dutch judoka who pushed a man after he chucked a green bottle on the 100 metre track Sunday night is still up in the air, but 2012 bronze medallist Edith Bosch has a powerful ally in her corner.
“I’m not suggesting vigilantism but it was actually poetic justice that they did happen to be sitting next to a judo player,” said Sebastian Coe, chair of the London organizing committee. Coe said the man’s behaviour was “unacceptable.”
A spokesperson for the host country added they were “still trying to work out” exactly what happened, rather than just go by a tweet.
Police arrested a man in Olympic Park in connection to the incident.
On her twitter feed, Bosch posted: “Een dronken gast voor mij gooit een flesje op de baan!! IK HEB HEM GESLAGEN … Ongelofelijk!!” or ““A drunken spectator threw a bottle onto the track! I HAVE BEATEN HIM … unbelievable.”
The 32-year-old, who is a former world champion, reportedly later told a Dutch television 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.”
Bosch said the most upsetting thing was that in all the commotion she missed the final, which was easily won by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
Bolt later told reporters he only heard about the incident after the race.
The American bronze medallist, Justin Gatlin, said it was “a little distraction.”
The Netherlands’ Bosch took bronze medal in the women’s -70 kg on Aug 1.