Biography of Yelena Isinbayeva (1982-VVVV)

Russian athlete, specialist in pole-vaulting, born June 3, 1982 in Volgograd. It was gold medal pole vault at the Olympic Games of Athens 2004, and holds several world records, including you got in July 2005 to exceed the five meters barrier.

Isinbayeva initially practiced gymnastics, but had to abandon it at the age of fourteen because it grew too. It began their steps in athletics after a technician advised him to devote himself to jump. His first major competition took place in 1998, the world juniors held in Annecy (France), where already jumped 4 m, and only came within inches of the medals. However, just a year later overcame the 4,10 m and got its first gold medal at the same Championships. That same year it would reach the 4,20 in the Russian national championships.

The female pole, who had no Olympic recognition up to the Sydney 2000 games, can be considered a young discipline in the athletic circuit. Precisely, the same year as the American Stacy Dragila got the first Olympic medal of the female pole vault, Isinbayeva again became world junior, ahead of German Annika Becker, which predicted that it might have his big chance in Athens 2004. This time Isinbayeva overcame the 4.20 m, while Dragila won her Olympic medal with a jump of 4.60 m.

He returned in 2001, still in junior category, to be first in the world with a jump of 4.40 m, which meant a great progression. In 2002, after make the jump to the senior category, began their private duel with compatriot Svetlana Feofanova, who on this occasion surpassed him by only five centimetres, jumped 4.60 m at the European Championships. However, in 2003, Isinbayeva overcame the 4.65 m and won the European Indoor Championships with them. However, his first great sporting moment lived it on July 13 of that year, when he/she surpassed the world record, leaving slat 4,82 m at the Super Grand Prix in Gateshead (England) meeting. In the following world-wide, where started as favorite, had to settle for the bronze medal, because Feofanova (who also took the world record) and Becker snatched le the top positions.

2004 was the year of definitive takeoff of the female pole and an exciting duel between Feofanova and the Volgograd athlete. In an athletic meeting in Indoor Championships held in Donetsk (Ukraine), Isinbayeva jumped over the 4.83, new world record, but Feofanova jump an inch over the next week. However, a month later, at the World Championships of Indoor Championships, held in Budapest, Isinbayeva won the Gold Medal with a magnificent jump of 4.86 m, while Dragila took the silver, leaving Feofanova this time in third place.

Already in June 2004, again in Gateshead, Isinbayeva returned to raise an inch Batten, at altitudes already 4.87 m, for only one month later, on July 25, return to raise it to the 4.89, in Birmingham (Feofanova had become the 4.88 in the Greek of Heraklion town), and five days later, at the Crystal Palace in London, to 4.90, world record that was current when they started the Olympic Games of Athens 2004.

With this progression for the Olympic finals expectations were huge. And the competition, of course, did not disappoint; the Athens Stadium lived one of the most exciting moments of the athletics and all games. The two athletes jumped smoothly the 4.65 m. However, Isinbayeva failed at the first attempt in the 4.70. Feofanova passed with cleaning the slat, and Isinbayeva then opted to raise the bar to the 4.75, but returned to fail. Feofanova jumped this height at the second attempt, but Isinbayeva returned to ask that the bar be raised until the 4.80, and at that critical moment (if not any past is would have gone to the bronze, because Poland's Anna Rogowska Yes became the 4.70) did not fail. In addition, it again raised the bar to the 4.85 and exceeded it cleanly. The stadium was already a cry, and to Feofanova failed you nerves, because he/she couldn't with the 4.80, the 4.85 and some desperate 4.90. But, in a final coup, Isinbayeva climbed 4.91, slat height who passed cleanly at the first attempt, with it becoming, again, world record holder and, most importantly, in Olympic champion.

The achievements that this magnificent athlete can achieve in the future could include soar above the mythical 5 m barrier, as do Sergei Bubka with 6 m in men's category. Its 174 cm tall and his 65 kg of weight, and his elegant technique, make a woman with an exceptional talent for the pole. Furthermore, delivered to the gymnastics age make have an amazing easy to navigate and maintain balance in full vertical flight. Thus, it is not surprising that he/she could again beat his own record at a meeting held in September 2004 in Brussels, leaving the 4.92 m Ribbon, and continue his ascension, step to step, to exceed, for the first time in the history of the female pole, the barrier of five metres at an athletics meeting held in London on 22 July 2005. On the same day it surpassed the world record twice, which added seventeen world records still short career, which became already a living home of athletics with only twenty-three years. Isinbayeva, with this exceptional brand, wanted to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks in the British capital a few days earlier, on July 7, killing dozens of people.

In August of that same year, this time in the World Championships held in Helsinki, again raised the bar in their eighteenth world record: 5.01 m. In February 2006, it did the same with the brand indoor, leaving the bar at 4.91 m in Donetsk (Ukraine).