French Pole Vaulter Reduced to Tears by Rio Crowd’s Booing
The damage was done however, and Lavillenie was practically booed out of the building when he received his medal. Several Olympic broadcasters condemned the crowd’s actions, including Michael Johnson who told the BBC that, “This crowd should be ashamed. This is not what competition is about. He was really hurt.” Da Silva himself later comforted Lavillenie along with Olympic officials after the ceremony. While crowd didn’t show it, Da Silva displayed true sportsmanship that is sometimes lost in the highly competitive games.
Yes, sorry for the bad comparaison I made. It was a hot reaction and I realize it was wrong. Sorry to everyone. https://t.co/rK5mmuMgqH— Renaud LAVILLENIE® (@airlavillenie) August 16, 2016
Pole-vaulter Renaud Lavillenie consoled by Thiago Braz and Sergei Bubka after he was booed at medal ceremony pic.twitter.com/BrMoF3KGA0— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) August 17, 2016