An American gold medallist knelt as the national anthem was played on Friday at the Pan American Games in Peru to protest gun control, racism, president Donald Trump and the mistreatment of immigrants.

Race Imboden tweeted a photo along with the following caption:

We must call for change. This week I am honoured to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze.

My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list.

The fencer continued:

I chose to (sacrifice) my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.

Since 2016, a number of American athletes have protested against police brutality and racism by kneeling during the anthem with Colin Kaepernick triggering the movement during his team’s preseason games that year.

Megan Rapinoe, the captain of the US women's soccer team also protested Trump by refusing the sing the US national anthem and not putting her hand on her heart before matches.

Imboden has been widely praised for making a stance against the president's administration and the magnitude of injustices currently happening in the US.

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