Jacobs Odongo Seaman writes
Twenty-nine-year-old Russian pole vault sensation Yelena Isinbayeva made her mark at the 2002 European Championships in Munich where she won silver before following it up with another silver at Birmingham 2003 World Indoors. A shot at the Worlds in Paris 2003 saw her settle for bronze. Then she ascended her golden tales.
She is twice an Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008), five-times World Champion, and the current world record holder in the event. She became the first woman to clear the five-metre barrier in 2005. Isinbayeva lost her first jump in six years in May 2009 at the London Grand Prix to Anna Rogowska, the reigning world champion, after she failed to achieve a successful vault.
But whatever is holding her down is not about to end. On March 2011, Isinbayeva left her coach Vitaly Petrov and returned to her former mentor Yevgeny Trofimov , who had coached her since the age of 15 and until 2005. But this did not stop her from enduring a humiliating exit in Daegu where she failed to clear a vault after two attempts.
Her woes proved a joy for Brazil’s Fabiana Murer, who took gold with a distinctly lukewarm 4.85m, way short of Isinbayeva’s 5.06m world mark. But at least Isinbayeva got off the ground; men’s World and Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker could not even clear a vault in Daegu.