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Yelena Isinbaeva
-Russia- PB 5.01m


(born June 3, 1982)
In her first big competition, the 1998 World Junior Championships in Annecy, France, Yelena jumped 4,00 m but this left her 10 cm. away from the medal placings.
In 1999, Yelena improved on this at the World Youth Games when she cleared 4,10 m to take her first gold medal.
The following year at the World Junior's she again took first place clearing 4,20 m ahead of German Annika Becker. The same year the women's pole vault made its debut as an Olympic event in Sydney, Australia where Stacy Dragila of United States took gold.
2001 saw another gold medal, this time at the European Junior Championships with a winning height of 4,40 m
She continued to improve in this relatively new event and 2002 saw her clear 4,55 m at the European Championships finishing 5 cm's. short of compatriot Svetlana Feofanova's gold medal winning jump. 2003 was another year of progression and saw Yelena win the European Under 23 Championships gold with 4,65 m
She went on to break the world record clearing 4,82 m on July 13 at a meeting in Gateshead, England which had made her the favourite to take gold at the World Indoor Championships the following month, but lack of     technique saw her only win bronze with Feofanova taking gold and Becker, this time, pipping her for the silver.
2004 saw the women's pole vault really start to mature as an event and during a meeting at Donetsk, Ukraine, Yelena set a new indoor worlds best, with a height of 4,83 m only to see Feofanova increase this by a single centimetre the following week. The following month at the World's Indoor in March, Yelena broke this with a gold medal winning jump of 4,86 m beating reigning indoor & outdoor champion Feofanova into bronze with reigning Olympic champion Dragila taking silver.
Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1999World Youth ChampionshipsBydgoszcz, Poland1stnew WYR, 4.10 m
2000World Junior ChampionshipsSantiago, Chile1stnew WJR, 4.20 m
2001European Junior ChampionshipsGrosseto, Italy1st
2002European ChampionshipsMunich, Germany2nd
2003World ChampionshipsParis, France3rd
European Under 23 ChampionshipsBydgoszcz, Poland1st
2004World Indoor ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary1stnew WR, 4.86 m
Summer OlympicsAthens, Greece1stnew WR, 4.91 m
IAAF World Athletics FinalMonte Carlo, Monaco1st
2005European Indoor ChampionshipsMadrid, Spain1stnew indoor WR, 4.90 m
World ChampionshipsHelsinki, Finland1stnew outdoor WR, 5.01 m
IAAF World Athletics FinalMonte Carlo, Monaco1st
2006World Indoor ChampionshipsMoscow, Russia1st

I was born on the 3rd of June 1982 in Volgograd (Russia)
In 1985 I started my schooling career going to a nursery school until 1987 with my sister Inna. In 1987 I went to pre-school and finished in 1989. From 1989 to 1997 I studied at the technical engineering High-School. Not enough, in 1998 I went to a special school called VUOR until 2000. In 2002 I studied Physical Education until 2005 and now I am getting a degree to become Physical Educator.

Regarding sports, I started in 1987 Artistic Gymnastics until 1997 with my coaches Lisovoi Alexander Ivanovich and Marina Mixailovna. In 1997 I was honoured with the Title of Master of Sport for Artistic Gymnastics. In November 1997 I started Pole Vault with Evgenii Vasilievich Trofimov and ended in November 2005. Now I am coached by Vitalii Afanasievich Petrov. I love to read philosophy and have a collection of dolphins

5.00m, 22.07.2005 London/GBR
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