Yelena Isinbayeva: On High

DCP_148257cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm  watercolour paper rough. Phillip Carrero
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Yelena Isinbayeva at the peak of her career. Visible in this drawing, she was one of the very few female pole vaulters who continued the upwards flight after releasing the pole.

This work was sold at at a fund-raising dinner for Randwick Botany Harriers shortly after completion.

Isinbayeva has been a major champion on nine occasions (Olympic, World outdoor and indoor champion and European outdoor and indoor champion). She was also the jackpot winner of the IAAF Golden League series in 2007 and 2009. After poor performances at the world championships in 2009 and 2010, she took a year-long break from the sport.

She became the first woman to clear the five-metre barrier in 2005. Her current world record is 5.06 m outdoors, set in Zurich in August 2009.[3] Her 5.01 m indoors was the world record for just over a year.[4] The latter was Isinbayeva’s twenty-eighth pole vault world record. On 2 March 2013, Jenn Suhr joined Isinbayeva as the only women who have cleared 5 metres.[5] In the process, Suhr took Isinbayeva’s indoor world record.

Isinbayeva was named Female Athlete of the Year by the IAAF in 2004, 2005 and 2008, and World Sportswoman of the Year by Laureus in 2007 and 2009. She was given the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2009. She is one of only eight athletes (along with Valerie AdamsUsain BoltVeronica Campbell-BrownJacques FreitagJana PittmanDani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youthjunior, and senior level of an athletic event.