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Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva (Russian: Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева, born 3 June 1982) is a Russian former pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008), a three-time World Champion (2005, 2007 and 2013), the current world record holder in the event, and is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time. Isinbayeva was banned from 2016 Rio Olympics after the appearance of an independent report about an extensive state-sponsored doping program in Russia, thus dashing her hopes of a grand retirement winning the Olympic gold medal. She retired from athletics in August 2016 after being elected to serve an 8-year term on the IOC's Athletes' Commission.
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Russia`s Yelena Isinbayeva, born June 3, 1982 in Volgograd, is the youngest of them with her compatriot Svetlana Feofanova two years older and veteran American Stacy Dragila some twelve years her senior. At the world indoor championships in March 2004 Isinbayeva added the indoor world record to her outdoor one (4.86m indoor and 4.82m out) to lay down the challenge to her two peers. She only came to the discipline at the age of 14 but took part at the junior world championships in 1998, clearing 4m, some way off then world record holder Australia`s Emma George at 4.59m. She improved rapidly however and was junior world champion in 2000 before moving up to senior competition. In 2002 she won a merciless struggle with Feofanova before losing out and settling for silver
in the final of the European championships to Germany`s Yvonne Buschbaum in Munich. But six weeks ahead of the 2003 world championships in Paris she established a new world record of 4.82m, therefore making her favourite for the world gold
, but could only manage third behind winner Feofanova and Germany`s Annika Becker. 2004 has seen the indoor world record beaten several times with Isinbayeva putting three centimetres on in February in Donetsk before Feofanova went 1cm higher a week later in Athens. Face to face at the Budapest indoor world championships in March the younger woman reclaimed her record and won gold while Feofanova contented herself with a bronze behind Dragila in second. In Hungary the youngster actually made a vain attempt at the symbolic 5m bar, perhaps just to rattle her opponents.
Full Name at Birth
Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva
Claim to Fame
10th World Championships in Athletics Helsinki 2005
Volgograd State Academy of Physical Culture, Donetsk National Technical University
Track and field athlete
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