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Track Beauty of the Week: Yelena Isinbayeva Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева
February 2, 2011Posted by on
Yelena Isinbayeva Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева is this week’s track beauty!
Isinbayeva, without a doubt, has revolutionized the young event of women’s pole vaulting. She is a living legend of pole vaulting, in light of her dominance the past few years. Starting out as a gymnast, the Russian switched to pole vaulting when she grew too tall. She won her first major international medal at the 1999 World Youth Championships, clearing 4.10m. A year later, she followed this up with a World Junior title.
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Success eluded the young Isinbayeva at the inaugural pole vault event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, failing to move out of the qualifying stages. Three years later, Isinbayeva cleared 4.82m, to set her first world record.
All-in-all, Isinbayeva had won 15 outdoor and 12 indoor titles including two Olympic golds. In the last two years, however, chinks in the Russian’s armor have started to show. In 2009, Isinbayeva fouled all her three attempts, months after becoming the first woman to clear 5.00 meters. A year later, the world record holder bombed out of the World Indoor Championships in Doha, prompting her to abruptly cut her 2010 season.
Truly, the stresses of being on the top could break even the most determined competitor’s frame of mind.
Since then, Isinbayeva has been recharging her batteries, taking time out from the sport. She is slated to make a comeback in early 2011.