Two female athletes from Russia have kissed on the podium as they received their gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in protest at the country’s new ‘anti-gay’ laws.
Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova decided to make the statement as they went up to accept their prize for winning the 4×400 metres relay along with teammates Yulia Gushchina and Antonina Krivoshapka.
The move echoed the iconic 1968 Mexico Olympics incident where US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos held up their fists in protest at racism in America.
The demonstration followed a backlash aimed at Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva after she seemingly said she supported the ‘anti- gay laws’.
The pole vaulter had told a news conference previous protests against the government…
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