(NEWSER– Maybe it was just affection or maybe a blatant political statement, but as the debate heats up overRussia's anti-gay policies, two female Russian runners yesterday shared a very public smooch—atop the winner's podium at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow. Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova had just won gold in the women's 4X400 relay, reports Sky News, which seems sure that the kiss was a protest; other outlets aren't so sure, and neither runner has commented publicly.

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