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Yelena Isinbayeva

Full name: Yelena Gadzhiyevna Isinbayeva
Original name: Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: June 3, 1982 in Volgograd, Volgograd, Russia
Affiliations: Rostov-na-Don Army/Profsoyuzy
Country: RUS Russia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Yelena Isinbayeva is considered as the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time. Isinbayeva originally trained as a gymnast, but she left the sport at the age of 15 because she grew to over 170 cm and was considered too tall for competitive gymnastics. So she took up pole vaulting in 1998 and only six months after taking up the sport, won the 1998 World Youth Games. Even as a junior, she was considered as one of the world's top female pole vaulters, as she won the 1999 Youth Championships and 2000 World and 2001 European Junior Championships. In 2000, Isinbayeva first competed at the senior level at the 2000 Olympics, but failed to advance out of qualifying. Isinbayeva first major senior medal was at the 2002 European Championships, where she won silver behind teammate Svetlana Feofanova. In 2003, Isinbayeva won bronze at the 2003 European Championships and in the same year, she set her first world record with 4.82.

Between 2004 and 2008, Isinbayeva won golds in almost every competition she entered. She won Olympic titles in 2004 and 2008, World titles in 2005 and 2007, a European title in 2006, and the World Cup in 2006. She also won the IAAF World Athletics Final in 2004-2007 and the IAAF Golden League in 2007. Isinbayeva was defeated at the 2009 World Championships where she failed to achieve a successful vault in the final, although later in 2009, she won both the IAAF World Athletics Final and the IAAF Golden League. Between 2003 and 2009, Isinbayeva also set 17 world records, raising the women's pole vault record from 4.81 to 5.06. After her failure at the 2009 World Championships, Isinbayeva decided to take a break from competing, thus missing the 2010 European Championships, but she returned in 2011, when she was sixth at the World Championships.

Personal Best: PV – 5.06 (2009).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Athletics Women's Pole Vault Russia RUS AC QR
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Women's Pole Vault Russia RUS 1 Gold OR
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Women's Pole Vault Russia RUS 1 Gold
2012 Summer 30 London Athletics Women's Pole Vault Russia RUS 3 Bronze

Women's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC C/F/P
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Athletics Russia Final Standings AC QR
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Athletics Russia Qualifying Round AC NM NH 0 0
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A AC NM NH 0 0
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A 4.00 metres NP xxx 3 0 NH
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 1 OR 4.91 0 2
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.00 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.20 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.40 metres 1T o 0 0 4.40
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.55 metres 1T o 0 0 4.55
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.65 metres 1T OR o 0 0 4.65
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.70 metres 3 xp 0 0 4.65
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.75 metres 3 xp 0 0 4.65
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.80 metres 1 OR o 0 2 4.80
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.85 metres 1 OR o 0 2 4.85
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.90 metres 1 p 0 2 4.85
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Final Round 4.91 metres 1 OR o 0 2 4.91
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Qualifying Round 4T QC 4.40 0 0
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group B 2T 4.40 0 0
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group B 4.00 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group B 4.15 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group B 4.30 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group B 4.40 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group B 4.45 metres 1T o 0 0 4.40
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 1 WR 5.05 2 4
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.30 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.45 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.55 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.65 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.70 metres 1T o 0 0 4.70
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.75 metres 4 p 0 0 4.70
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.80 metres 4 p 0 0 4.70
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.85 metres 1 o 0 0 4.85
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.90 metres 1 p 0 0 4.85
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 4.95 metres 1 OR xxo 2 2 4.95
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 5.00 metres 1 p 2 2 4.95
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Final Round 5.05 metres 1 WR xxo 2 4 5.05
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Qualifying Round 1 QU 4.60 0 0
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A 1 4.60 0 0
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A 4.00 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A 4.15 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A 4.30 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A 4.40 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A 4.50 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group A 4.60 metres 1 o 0 0 4.60
2012 Summer 30 London Athletics Russia Final Round 3 4.70
2012 Summer 30 London Athletics Russia Qualifying Round 1T q 4.55
2012 Summer 30 London Athletics Russia Qualifying Round Group B 1 4.55
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