Isinbayeva eyes retirement

2012-06-30 13:21
Yelena Isinbayeva (AFP)

Hesinki - Women's pole vault icon Yelena Isinbayeva said on Saturday she will retire after the 2013 home world championships in Moscow.

"Next year will be my last year, I will quit afterwards," Isinbayeva told a news conference at the European championships in Helsinki where she is not competing.

Isinbayeva, 30, has dominated the discipline with 28 career world records - just eight shy of the 36 her Ukrainian mentor Sergey Bubka achieved. Her outdoor mark stands at 5.06m and the indoor mark at 5.01m. No other woman has cleared five metres.

The Russian also has two world titles and now seeks a third straight Olympic gold in London, with three upcoming day meets on her agenda rather than the Helsinki championships in the buildup.

"I am fully motivated but focussed on victory at the Olympic Games in London. I am 90 percent ready for that now," she said.

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