Russia’s ‘first lady of the pole vault’ targeting another world record as she prepares to return to action after giving birth to her daughter
Yelena Isinbayeva is the latest global superstar to express her desire to shine at the Rio 2016 Games. The Russian, one of the greatest pole-vaulters of all time, is aiming to win a third gold medal – and perhaps break the world record – at what will be her final Olympic Games.
The 33-year-old has not competed since the 2013 world athletics championships, when she won her ninth senior global title, and has since given birth to her daughter Eva in June 2014. The 2004 and 2008 Olympic champion, who had to settle for bronze at London 2012, returned to training in January this year and plans to start competing again in February 2016.
The world record holder outlined a number of events in Russia and USA that she hopes to contest next year, but her main focus is Rio. “We won’t rush to get back because our main goal is to be ready for the Olympic Games in Rio,” she said in an interview with the IAAF website.
“And it’s not only the Olympic Games; I’m also dreaming about another world record,” she added. “After experiencing that feeling several times in the past, you want to do it again. That would be one of the emotional highlights of my career.”