Lavillenie ready for Diamond League after disappointing Olympics

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French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie disappointed that gold medallist Thiago da Silva of Brazil will not be competing in Lausanne Diamond League

Lavillenie ready for Diamond League after disappointing Olympics

= INCLUDES WHITE FLASH =

SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 24, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH POLE VAULTER RENAUD LAVILLENIE SAYING:

“I have nothing personal against Thiago, he didn’t do anything wrong, he did his best to jump and that is normal and he has nothing to do with the public reaction. If he could have been here, it would have been wonderful for the sport aspect, because it would gather the best pole vaulter athletes for a real battle. On the other hand there are enough other great athletes in the event tomorrow night”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (French) LAVILLENIE SAYING:

“The problem is not to win the hearts of the Brazilian people. I think Usain Bolt wouldn’t have been as loved if he had competed against a Brazilian who may have run 9.80 or so. During the competition, the public was very, very good until Thiago cleared a bar at 5,93 (metres). The public realised that Thiago could be able to win and from that moment, they were disrespectful with everybody, starting with the American, Sam Kendricks, then, they booed the last attempt of Piotr Lisek. And at the end, there was a duel between Thiago and I, so I had more jto ump in these conditions that the others”

STORY: French pole vaulter and Olympic silver medallist Renaud Lavillenie will compete at the Lausanne Diamond League on Thursday (August 25) and says he would loved to compete again against Rio Games champion Thiago da Silva of Brazil.

Lavillenie was booed in Rio when competing and on the rostrum, but he told a news conference in Lausanne on Wednesday that it was not Da Silva’s fault.

The world record holder said even Usain Bolt might have got booed if he were running against a fast Brazilian.

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