A serial ‘pest’, who has disrupted a number of major events in Australia, was fined A$300 (US$160) on Tuesday for running on to the Olympic marathon course during the men’s race.

Unemployed Peter Michael Hore was found guilty in a Sydney court of breaching the Olympic Arrangements Act. Sunday’s race was not disrupted.

Hore interrupted this year’s Australian Open tennis final, slipping through the umpire’s entrance to dance around on centre court.

Hore also gate-crashed the funeral of INXS rock star Michael Hutchence, cut the goal net during Australia’s 1997 World Cup qualifier against Iran and dashed on to the course the same year during the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s premier horse race.

He promised to behave himself for 12 months after appearing in court in Adelaide in April on a charge of disorderly behaviour outside a Davis Cup tennis venue. ($A1 = US$0.54).

Source: SOCOG