Golden Boy Lavillenie Booed at the Olympics

Rio 2016: IOC President condemns ‘shocking behaviour’ after crowd booed French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie until he cried


French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie was reduced to tears on the podium Tuesday as Brazilian fans relentlessly booed the athlete, who won the silver medal in men’s pole vaulting.

On Monday night, Lavillenie was beat by Brazil’s Thiago Braz Da Silva, who cleared 6.03 metres to win gold in the event.

Da Silva’s win was a massive upset, as Lavillenie — the current world record holder — was expected to take the gold; but it also marked the host country’s second gold medal win of the Summer Games.

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