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Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, the gold medalist in the women's pole vault,  speaks during a press conference at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, the gold medalist in the women's pole vault, speaks during a press conference at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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(AP) A Swedish track and field official says Emma Green Tregaro has been told that painting her fingernails in rainbow colors to support gay rights is a potential violation of the world championships' code of conduct.


Anders Albertsson, the general secretary of the Swedish federation, says he doesn't know whether Green Tregaro will repeat the nail-painting gesture for Saturday's high jump final.


The gesture Thursday was a quiet criticism of a Russian law that bans so-called propaganda supporting homosexuality to minors. Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva said it showed disrespect to Russia.


Albertsson says Green Tregaro was told her rainbow fingernails could be a violation of rules that ban political statements.


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