Originally Posted by HemlockOption
"Must have sickened the Indo to have to print him on the front and back of todays edition, even at last years RDS they were more interested in people eating ice cream than the competitions"
This is what I was responding to - I should have quoted it of course. I suppose I was putting forward my theory on why people are not overjoyed at the Equestrian medal.
I don't think it's anything to do with the fact that it's an equestrian medal. I think there are a few reasons for the muted reaction. The main one is that his performance is clearly overshadowed by Katie Taylor's achievements and the fact that she's fighting for a gold medal. We've also had a number of other boxers do very well. These fights have been on the same day as Cian's fantastic achievement, which is unfortunate for him.
The second reason is obviously Cian's previous history with the Olympics and the fact that he was stripped of his gold medal in 2004.
Then you have the controversy surrounding his selection, his initial failure to qualify and the fact that he only got into the final round yesterday morning. That meant there was no build up to the possibility that he could win a medal. It was a bit rushed and a lot of people didn't realise that he was actually jumping until the news broke that he won the medal.
Added to this is the fact that a lot of people don't seem to like him very much, an attitude probably exacerbated by who is godfather is.
Plus I don't think Borderfox's comments are down to what you've termed 'the cruely element'.