Yelena Isinbayeva eyes gold again but also retirement

Updated: 09 May 2012 18:10 IST

Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva has said that she will retire in two years but in the meantime is eyeing a third consecutive Olympics gold medal at the London Games.

Yelena Isinbayeva eyes gold again but also retirement

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Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva has said that she will retire in two years but in the meantime is eyeing a third consecutive Olympics gold medal at the London Games.


"For me, I decided that another two years and then I will retire. Training becomes difficult, hard, and of course, every year the body is getting old and it becomes harder and harder to prepare for the competition," she said in an interview.

"I enjoy competition more than training. When I'm on the track, I always think, 'oh my goodness it's so easy'. Why can't it be all the time the same? But once I get off the podium, I was like, 'oh, I'm too tired for the training'."

Isinbayeva, 29, told the Laureus sports foundation that she is confident going into the Games in the British capital and insisted that she only had herself to beat.

"In London, my main competitors will be myself because I know how high I can jump and I know that height is almost impossible for my rivals," she added.

"I am not worrying about the Olympics. I am confident because I know that right now everything is fine in my life."

Isinbayeva is the current women's pole vault outdoor record holder with 5.06 metres and reckons that she could better that benchmark by four centimetres, as well as break the 35 world records set by Sergey Bubka during his long career.

The Russian former gymnast, a double World champion who has transformed women's pole vaulting, is currently five short of the legendary Ukrainian and believes she can go on to set 36 world bests.

She also won the World indoor title in Istanbul in March and set an indoor world record of 5.01m in Stockholm in February to add to her outdoor best.



Topics : Olympics 2012 Athletics
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