Kseniya Olegovna Ryzhova, née Vdovina ( Russian: Ксения Олеговна Вдовина; born April 19, 1987) is a Russian sprint athlete, originally from Lipetsk. She is the 2013 World Champion in 4x400 m relay (running the last leg).
On March 7, 2014, at the
2014 World Indoor Championships, Ryzhova was tested for illegal substances, and the test subsequently revealed trimetazidine. She was disqualified for nine months. [1 ]
Competition record [ edit ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Alleged activism against Russia's "homosexual propaganda" law [ edit ]
Ryzhova made headlines after winning gold in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the
2013 World Championships in Athletics, and thereafter kissing her Russian teammates as they received medals on the podium. On 18 August 2013 SkyNews reported the photo of the kiss between Ryzhova and [2 ] Yuliya Gushchina as a political gesture but later retracted and said that there was a "huge debate on Twitter and other media about whether it was in protest at the government's anti-gay law" [3 ] —a [4 ] law banning "homosexual propaganda" in Russia.
On an interview to the Italian news agency
ANSA, the athletes denied that the kisses were a protest against the "homosexual propaganda" law [5 ] and said that such speculations were "insulting". [6 ] [7 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Russian athlete Ksenya Ryzhova disqualified for nine months for doping". ITAR-TASS . Retrieved 13 June 2014.
^ "Kiss between Rhyzova and Firova". www.youtube.com . Retrieved 19 August 2013.
^ "Russian Athletes Kiss In Protest At Anti-Gay Law". sky.com . Retrieved 18 August 2013.
^ "Atlete russe, bacio non era protesta". ansa.it . Retrieved 19 August 2013.
^ Luhn, Alec (2013-08-19). Russian athlete denies kiss with relay partner was in protest at anti-gay law. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2013-08-19.
^ "Рыжова: западные СМИ оскорбили и нас с Юлей, и всю федерацию". Gazeta.ru . Retrieved 20 August 2013.