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Russian hurdler appears nude in magazine, says, ‘if any males liked it, I’m also not against it’

Sergey Shubenkov

Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov celebrates after winning third place in the men’s 110 metres hurdles final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Russian Sergey Shubenkov, who won bronze in the 110-meter hurdles at the World Track and Field Championships on Monday, also made news earlier this month by appearing in nude photos in Russia’s Vogue magazine.

“I wanted to please fans, especially female ones, but if any males liked it, I’m also not against it,” Shubenkov told R-Sport.

Russia’s Vogue website published the photos (warning: explicit images) with an article here.

Shubenkov’s comment is particularly noteworthy given the recent news of Russia’s law against “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” toward minors.

“I wanted to raise interest to athletics and in me personally, so that more people come to the stands,” Shubenkov said. “We know that track and field is not as popular in Russia as it is in Europe or America.”

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