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U.S. runner and world silver medallist Nick Symmonds on Friday (August 16) criticized Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva's anti-gay comments. Russia's anti-gay propaganda law continues to hang over the world athletics championships like a depressing pall, and in the absence of fans or many superlative performances it threatens to become the uneasy, abiding memory of the Moscow event.
Yelena Isinbayeva finally lost an Olympic pole vault final and left the London Games with a bronze medal, unable to master the fickle British weather and beat the winning performance of American Jenn Suhr. (Aug. 6)
Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova shared a kiss on the winners' podium after helping Russia win the women's 4x400m gold medal at the world athletics championshps in Moscow on Saturday (August 17). The public statement comes two days after Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva publically supported the Russian government's controversial anti-gay propaganda law.
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