Yelena Isinbayeva, pole vaulter
Yelena Isinbayeva is the Greatest Woman Pole Vaulter in History.
She was born on June 3, 1982 in Volgograd, Russia. Yelena has a younger sister Inessa, who works as a fitness instructor.
Both children were engaged in gymnastics. It was their mother’s desire, in her youth, she played basketball and even entered the institute of physical education.
But at the age of 15 Yelena had to left gymnastics, because of her height – 1.74 m. She was too tall to compete in this sport.
Yelena graduated from the Volgograd State Academy of Physical Culture.
Isinbayeva has established herself as one of the most successful athletes of her generation. She became the first woman to clear the five-meter barrier in 2005.
Isinbaeva has set 29 world records.
In 1999, she was a champion in the World Youth Games, she cleared 4.10 m.
In 2000, she became junior world champion, with a height – 4.20 m.
In 2001, Yelena took part in the European Junior Championships and won gold with a height of 4.40 m.
Isinbayeva continued to improve and 2002 saw her clear 4.55 m at the European Championships, where she gained her first senior championship medal (silver).
2003 was another year of progression and saw Isinbayeva win the European Under 23 Championships gold with 4.65 m.
On 13 July 2003, Isinbayeva set her first World Record at a meeting in Gateshead, England with a height of 4.82 m.
At a meeting in Donetsk, Ukraine, Isinbayeva set a new indoor world record, with a height of 4.83 m.
The following month at the World’s Indoor in March Isinbayeva won a gold medal – 4.86 m.
27 June saw Isinbayeva return to Gateshead and improved the world record to 4.87 m.
On 25 July in Birmingham, England, Isinbayeva reclaimed the record, jumping 4.89 m.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Isinbayeva won a gold medal with a new world record height of 4.91 m.
She broke the record later at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels with a 4.92 m jump, her eighth world record of the season.
On July 22, 2005 at London Grand Prix she set a new record – 5.0 m.
In July 2008, at the Super Grand Prix in Monaco the athlete set a world record – 5.04 m.
In 2008 at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing Isinbayeva won gold – 5.05 m. The record was the twenty-fourth in her career.
Laureus World Sports Academy recognized Yelena as the best sportswoman of the planet in 2007 and 2009.
She featured in Toshiba ads promoting their entire product line in Russia. She also appeared in a Lady’s Speed Stick advertisement in Russia.
Now Yelena is a member of the “Champions for Peace” club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
Isinbayeva decided to come back and perform at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
Yelena had a love affair with Artem Khmelenko, but they broke up.
Then she was together with 34 -year-old businessman Dmitry Machacha.
31-year-old champion Isinbayeva is pregnant. The father of her child is 23-year-old javelin thrower Nikita Petinov. Now they live in Volgograd and are going to get married in July 2014. At the end of May 2014 Yelena will give birth to their baby.
Being pregnant Isinbayeva worked as a mayor of the Olympic Village at the Olympics in Sochi.