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

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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.

Bolt’s London Olympic spikes stolen

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DERBY, England (AP) A signed pair of running shoes worn by eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has been stolen from an address in Linton, Derbyshire.

The white, blue and red spikes were used by the Jamaican great in a 100 meters heat at the 2012 Games, Derbyshire Police said.

“The spikes are part of an extensive collection that I have built-up over the last 10 years,” the victim said. “There are only four or five pairs of spikes that have been signed from the London 2012 Olympics, they are absolutely irreplaceable.”

The victim did not want to be named.

A 35-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft. The shoes have yet to be recovered.

Bolt, 31, who retired after the 2017 world championships in London, won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, although he later lost the 2008 relay gold after a team-mate was disqualified for doping.

Anne Donovan, basketball Hall of Famer, gold medalist, dies at 56

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Anne Donovan, a Hall of Fame basketball player and Olympic gold medalist, has died of heart failure at age 56.

Donovan coached the Storm to a 2004 WNBA title.

“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” Donovan’s family said in a statement, according to reports. “Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach.

Donovan, a 6-foot-8 center, made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team (as its youngest player after her freshman year at Old Dominion) that ended up missing the Moscow Games due to the U.S. boycott.

She then earned gold with the U.S. in 1984 and 1988, being the oldest player on the latter team at 26. She was inducted as a player into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Donovan later was an assistant coach for the 2004 Olympic champion team and head coach for the 2008 Beijing team that took gold. She also was the first female head coach of a WNBA champion team with the Storm in 2004.

“USA Basketball mourns the passing of Anne Donovan,” USA Basketball said in a statement. “She played for her first USA Basketball team in 1977 and during her Hall of Fame, 31-year USA career, she was a member of five U.S. Olympic teams and four USA World Championship teams as an athlete and coach, culminating in leading the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team to gold as our head coach in Beijing. She used to say she bled red, white and blue. As much as we remember her accomplishments in the game, we mourn a great friend who will be greatly missed.”