RIO DE JANEIRO, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 16th Augst,2016) - Renaud Lavillenie was left fuming at a jeering partisan crowd as Brazilian Thiago Braz snatched Olympic pole vault gold in a thrilling competition. The Frenchman was defending Olympic champion from London, but saw Braz snatch victory with an Olympic record of 6.03 metres. But the vaulting, at first disrupted by heavy rain that saw the start delayed, was the scene of extended jeers and whistles from a local crowd increasingly behind Braz as they realised he was in with a shout for a medal.
"Better to stay at home in front of your television than come and whistle," said Lavillenie. "At least then we'd have people in the stadium who want to watch sport." The Frenchman added: "It really disturbed me, I felt the nastiness of the public and we do a sport where you never see that. "I completely understand that the Brazilians are behind Thiago, that's totally normal. But what is not normal is the total lack of respect for the rivals. The least thing, if you don't like someone, is to ignore them, but not to insult them. Because I took that as an insult.