French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie was reduced to tears after being booed on the podium while he received his silver medal. Â International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described the crowdâ€™s behaviour as â€œshockingâ€ and â€œunacceptable at the Olympicsâ€.
Paula Radcliffe said:
â€œThat is just wrong. Ashamed of the track and field crowd tonight. Cheer your own as loud as you like but never disrespect the others.â€
Rio 2016 chief spokesman Mario Andrada said:
â€œAs citizens of Brazil and as sports fans, we donâ€™t think booing is the right attitude, even when you are in a one-to-one competition and a young Brazilian has the chance to beat the world champion.
â€œWe plan to intensify our dialogue with Brazilian fans through social networks to make sure that we behave as fans in a proper and elegant manner, without losing the passion for sport.â€
|IAAF President Sebastian Coe and IOC President Thomas Bach try to console Lavillenie|
Former 400m world record holder Michael Johnson told BBC Sport :
Â â€œThose tears were tears of disappointment in this crowd. They should be ashamed. I canâ€™t let that go â€“ itâ€™s not what competition is about. Itâ€™s really a shame and I think that he was really hurt. To then boo on the medal stand having not learned the lesson to begin withâ€¦some donâ€™t know better, but some I talked to were saying â€˜thatâ€™s not what you doâ€™.â€