The greatest female pole-vaulter of all time, Yelena Isinbayeva won the gold medal at the World Championships in front of her native Russian crowd in Moscow. Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008, the pressure was on her after she failed to win in London in 2012, but she responded with a clearance of 4.89 metres to win the gold medal to the delight of her home supporters.
She has now won three outdoor and four indoor world titles and has set 15 outdoor and 13 indoor world records and in November she was presented with the IAAF Distinguished Career Award.

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