Shortly after winning gold in the women's 4x400 meter relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, Russian track athletes Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova kissed one another, setting off speculation that they had done so as a political statement, or perhaps, a personal one.
There was nothing gay about it, according to Rhyziva, the AP reports:
Kseniya Ryzhova, one of the 4 x 400-meter relay winners, said: "The storm of emotions going through us was incredible. And if we, accidentally, while congratulating each other, touched lips, excuse me. We think the whole fuss is more of a sick fantasy not grounded in anything."