Yelena Isinbayeva will not compete in 2015

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Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has revealed she will not compete in 2015.

The Russian athlete, widely regarded as the greatest female vaulter in history, won gold at last year's World Championships in Moscow - the third of her career but first since 2007.

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Since that victory, however, Isinbayeva has given birth to her first child, and news of her planned break from the sport was revealed by Reuters.

"I am now fully busy with my daughter and family and doing only light exercises. I will start full training no earlier than June 2015," she said.


It will not be the 32-year-old's first hiatus from the sport, though. In 2010, after a poor showing at the World Indoor Championships, Isinbayeva decided to take a break from the sport.

Despite a relatively successful return to the sport in 2012 - where she claimed Olympic bronze in London, it wasn't until last year when she won gold in front of her home fans that she truly announced her comeback to the world stage.


And the world record holder is now aiming to win her third Olympic gold in Rio in two years time.

"The main goal for me is the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. These are our plans, and how it would be in reality, only time will tell."


If she can get back to her best, then adding a third Olympic crown will surely be a formality. Between 2004 and 2009, Isinbayeva won nine straight gold medals in indoor and outdoor championships, helping her to be named World Sportswoman of the Year by Laureus in 2007 and 2009. 

She is the current world record holder with a clearance of 5.06 metres, 14cm clear of any other female athlete.

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