She goes into the Berlin World Championships seeking to break her own
record in pole vault as she has practically won everything there is to
win in her category. The 26 year old Russian pole vaulter is a
two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2004 and 2008), 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.
On July 22, 2005, she became the first woman to clear the historic
5.00 metre barrier in the pole vault. Isinbayeva’s current world
records are 5.05 m outdoors, a record Isinbayeva set at the Summer
Olympics Games in Beijing on, and 5.00 m indoors, a record set at the
Donetsk indoor meeting on February 15 this year. The latter was
Isinbayeva’s twenty-sixth world record.