Imagine the surprise when, upon winning the silver medal in the 800 meters, Symmonds was decidedly not silent at all, telling Russia's R-Sport that he would be dedicating his silver medal to his LGBT friends back home in the USA.
"As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them," he told Russian reporters from Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. "Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested." He continued, "I respect Russians' ability to govern their people. I disagree with their laws. I do have respect for this nation. I disagree with their rules."Symmonds, 29, reported this, his feelings for his LGBT friends and his disdain for the Russian laws restricting homosexuals in Russia to the Russian media itself. He did so at some peril, as the Russian government has recently come out with new laws that prevent not only homosexuals, but any "Propaganda" placing himself at risk.