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Pole vaulter Isinbayeva to recover from injury by March — sports minister

February 08, 12:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On February 6, Isinbayeva was set to take part in the Russian Grand Prix, but had to drop out of the competition after injuring an Achilles tendon during warm-ups
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Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva

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MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS/. Russia’s pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva should recover in a three-week period from the recently sustained injury, which spoiled the famous athlete’s comeback last week following more than a two-year break in her career, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Monday.

On February 6, Isinbayeva was set to take part in the Russian Grand Prix, hosted by her home city of Volgograd, but had to drop out of the competition after injuring an Achilles tendon during warm-ups on Saturday.

"It is very sad that she sustained an injury," Mutko said in an interview with TASS. "I believe that to win two Olympics and then to return again is like a feat. We will be helping her and doing everything that we can."

"As I was told there was no rapture of the tendon, which we feared the most," the minister said. "As of now, she will have to skip three weeks and then begin getting into shape again from the very start."

"This is sad, but we also have Anzhelika Sidorova [for the 2016 Olympics]," Mutko said. "Perhaps, Lena [Isinbayeva] gave her an extra motivation somehow. We do have this athlete, but Lena [Isinbayeva] is everything for us."

Two-time Olympic Champion Isinbayeva, 33, announced a break in her sports career in 2013 saying she wanted to focus on family, but at the same time hinted on her possible comeback at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Two years ago Isinbayeva, who comes from the Russian city of Volgograd, was residing in Monte Carlo and on June 28, 2014 she gave birth there to her daughter Eva.

Isinbayeva is also the three-time World Champion (2005, 2007 and 2013) and having set a total of 28 world records she is currently considered the greatest female pole vault athlete of all time.

She was the first woman ever to clear the five-meter height jump having achieved the result in 2005. Her current outdoor record of 5.06 meters, set in August of 2009 in Zurich, remains unbeaten. Her indoor world record of 5.01 meters, set in Stockholm in February of 2012, remained undefeated for over a year, when in March of 2013 US pole-vaulter Jenn Suhr broke it with the 5.02 meters result to become the second female athlete to ever clear the five-meter mark.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) named Isinbayeva the Female Athlete of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2008. In all, she is the champion on nine major occasions, which are the champion’s titles at the Olympic, World Outdoor and Indoor, as well as European Outdoor and Indoor competitions.

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