French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie was seen weeping on the podium while holding his silver medal. He was ranked number one in the world for the pole vault and was expected to win the gold, but the color of his medal isn’t the cause for his tears. During his final vault, he was booed mercilessly by the crowd supporting his Brazilian competitor and gold medalist Thiago da Silva. When the atheltes took the podium for the medal ceremony, Lavillenie was booed again and became visibly upset. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach was horrified by the crowd’s response. In a tweet by IOC media Bach was quoted saying that this behavior was ‘shocking’ and ‘unacceptable at the Olympics.’ The appalling behavior of the Brazilian fans has already been compared to the treatment of Jesse Owens by the Nazi hosts during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany.