But two of the athletes, who appeared to brush lips while kissing each other on the cheek, insisted Tuesday that was not the case.
Kseniya Ryzhova, one of the 4 x 400-meter relay winners, said: "The storm of emotions going through us was incredible. And if we, accidentally, while congratulating each other, touched lips, excuse me. We think the whole fuss is more of a sick fantasy not grounded in anything."
Russian women often kiss one another on the cheek when celebrating a happy occasion or even just in greeting.