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French Pole Vaulter Booed By Brazilian Fans

dateline: 17 August 2016

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • pole vault: a track & field event where an athlete runs with a pole and uses it to jump over a high bar
  • clear: to get over or through with success
  • heckle: to boo, whistle, or shout in order to distract or annoy someone
  • two thumbs down: a gesture of disapproval using two downturned thumbs
  • unsportsmanlike: not kind or courteous towards other athletes

French Pole Vaulter Booed By Brazilian Fans

France’s holding pole vaulter, Renaud Lavillenie, was brought to tears while being by the Brazilian crowd as he stood on the podium to accept his silver medal this week. On Monday night, Brazil’s own Thiago da Silva broke an Olympic record and upset the world-record holder for the gold in the competition after clearing 6.03 metres. The athlete had been heckled so much during the event that he eventually gave the crowd two thumbs down. IOC President Thomas Bach condemned the Brazilian fans for their unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who are Renaud Lavillenie and Thiago da Silva?
  2. How did the hometown crowd behave badly?
  3. What did Lavillenie do during the medal ceremony?

Discussion Questions: Why is booing so unacceptable at an Olympic event, though it is accepted and expected at other events, such as a football match?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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One Comment on “French Pole Vaulter Booed By Brazilian Fans”

  1. Hiroto Sato says:

    I can’t understand the behavior of Brazilian people.

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