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In Russia, American runner Nick Symmonds dedicates silver medal to gay friends

American middle distance runner Nick Symmonds

After wining a silver medal at the World Championships yesterday in Russia, American middle distance runner Nick Symmonds openly dedicated the victory to his gay and lesbian friends in his home country

ABC News reports:

American runner Nick Symmonds became the first foreign athlete to criticize Russia’s new anti-gay law on Russian soil shortly after winning a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

“I disagree with their laws and I disagree with their views,” he told ABC News.

Symmonds said he would like to wear a rainbow flag pin during competitions to show his support for gay rights in Russia and around the world, but quickly added, “They’ve made it very clear that will land you in jail.”

“I’m trying to tread that fine line of being respectful as a guest in this country and also speaking against some serious injustices that I see,” he said. “As adamant as I am about this issue, I don’t know what me sitting in jail is good for.”

On Tuesday night, Symmonds burst out of the pack after the final turn to snag the silver medal in dramatic fashion in the 800 meters final. Afterward, he dedicated his medal to his gay and lesbian friends.

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