Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva ()
(born 3 June 1982) is a Russian pole vaulter
. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist
(2004 and 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 nine-time major champion (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 m outdoors, a record Isinbayeva set in Zurich
in August 2009, and 5.00 m indoors, a record set in February 2009. The former was Isinbayeva's twenty-seventh 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
in 2007 and 2009. She was given the Prince of Asturias Award
for Sports in 2009.
Early life and competition
From the age of 5 to 15, Isinbayeva trained as a gymnast
in her hometown of Volgograd
. She ultimately left the sport because as she grew she was considered too tall to be competitive in gymnastics, ultimately attaining a height of 1.74 m... Read More