Aug 18, 2016

    Olympic chiefs slam taunts against tearful Lavillenie

    ATHLETICS legends Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka comforted distraught French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie after he was booed for the second day by a hostile Brazilian crowd on the medal podium.

    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach slammed the behaviour as "shocking".

    Lavillenie - who hit out at the host nation's fans for their conduct during Monday's pole vault final - held his head in his hands but could not hold back the tears as he stood on the podium after receiving his silver medal.

    In a private room after, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist was consoled by international athletics chief Coe, Bach and pole vault legend Bubka, an IAAF vice-president.

    Bach said on Twitter that it was "shocking behaviour for the crowd to boo Renaud Lavillenie on the medal podium. Unacceptable behaviour at the Olympic Games".

    The ceremony completed a miserable 24 hours for Lavillenie, who on Monday lost his Olympic crown to unknown Brazilian pole vaulter Thiago Braz da Silva in a dramatic final.