BY JIM HEINTZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS
MOSCOW -- A day after her condemnation of homosexuality, Russian pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva said her comments in English may have been "misunderstood."
The two-time Olympic gold medalist supported Russia's new anti-gay law Thursday and criticized two Swedish competitors for their rainbow-colored fingernails in support of gay rights.
"English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday," Isinbayeva said Friday in a statement issued through local organizers of the world championships.
"What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests. I respect the views of my fellow athletes and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people."