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Yelena Isinbayeva

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Yelena Isinbayeva, born 3 June 1982 in Volgograd, Russia is a champion pole vaulter. She is a twice Olympic gold medalist in 2004 and in 2008, a five-time World Champion and the current world record holder in the event. As a result of her accomplishments, she is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time. Isinbayeva has been a major champion on nine occasions - Olympic, World outdoor and indoor champion and European outdoor and indoor champion. She was also the jackpot winner of the IAAF Golden League series in 2007 and 2009. After poor performances at world championships in 2009 and 2010, she took a year-long break from the sport. She became the first woman to clear the five-metre barrier in 2005. Isinbayeva's current world records are 5.06 meters outdoors, a record Isinbayeva set in Zurich in August 2009, and 5.01 meters indoors, a record set in February 2012. The latter was Isinbayeva's twenty-eighth pole vault world record.

Isinbayeva was named Female Athlete of the Year by the IAAF in 2004, 2005 and 2008, and World Sportswoman of the Year by Laureus in 2007 and 2009. She was given the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2009. She is one of only seven athletes, along with Valerie Adams, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior levels of an athletic event. 2003 was another year of progression and saw Isinbayeva win the European Under 23 Championships gold with 4.65 meters in Bydgoszcz. On 13 July 2003, just about a month after her 21st birthday, Isinbayeva set her first World Record at a meeting in Gateshead, England with a height of 4.82 meters, which had made her the favourite to take gold at the World Championships the following month. She ended up winning the bronze medal with Feofanova taking gold and Becker the silver. At a meeting at Donetsk, Ukraine, Isinbayeva set a new indoor world record, with a height of 4.83 meters only to see Feofanova increase this by two centimetres the following week.

The following month at the World's Indoor in March Isinbayeva broke Feofanova's record with a gold medal winning jump of 4.86 meters beating reigning indoor & outdoor champion Feofanova into bronze with reigning Olympic champion Dragila taking silver. The IAAF considered all three records to be over-all (outdoor) records, hence the indoor and outdoor records now stood at 4.86 meters. The pole vault was one of the most eagerly awaited events at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. When Feofanova failed at 4.90 meters the gold medal was Isinbayeva's, and she subsequently set a new world record height of 4.91 meters. She broke her own record later that year at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels with a 4.92 meter jump. It was her eigth world record of the season, which along with her Olympic & World Indoor title helped her gain her first World Athlete of the Year award.

At the European Indoor Championships in Madrid, Spain Isinbayeva won gold with a new indoor world record of 4.90 meters. In July 2005, Isinbayeva broke the world record four times over three separate meetings. First in Lausanne, Switzerland, she added an extra centimetre to her own mark clearing 4.93 meters. It was the 14th world record of Isinbayeva's career coming just three months after she broke her own indoor mark in Lievin. Eleven days later, in Madrid, Spain, she added an additional 2 centimeters to clear 4.95 meters. In Crystal Palace, London on 22 July, after improving the record to 4.96 meters, she raised the bar to 5.00 meters. She then became the first woman in history to clear the once mythical five-metre barrier in pole vaulting, achieving the monumental mark with a single attempt. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing on 18 August, Isinbayeva needed two vaults to prolong her Olympic title reign and went on to finish the competition with 5.05 meters, a world record at the time and her 24th world record. On 23 November in Monaco, she was selected World Athlete of the Year by the IAAF for the third time in her career, along with Jamaican male sprinter Usain Bolt.

On March 2011, Isinbayeva left her coach Vitaly Petrov and returned to her former mentor Yevgeny Trofimov, who had coached her since the age of 15 and until 2005. She has both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree after graduating from the Volgograd State Academy of Physical Culture. Currently she is continuing her post-graduate studies there and also studying at the Donetsk National Technical University. In the Russian club competitions she represents the railroad military team; she is formally an officer in the Russian army, and on 4 August 2005 she was given military rank of senior lieutenant before being promoted to captain in August 2008. She features in Toshiba advertisements promoting their entire product line in Russia. She also appears in a Lady's Speed Stick advertisement in Russia. Yelena Isinbayeva is now a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.

See more of Yelena at: www.yelena-isinbaeva.com

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