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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yelena Isinbayeva will keep raising

In the foreseeable future, Yelena Isinbayeva will keep raising the bar till she hits that vertical limit. Post-retirement, the iconic Russian pole vaulter says she wants to help the sport expand its horizon to newer pastures, including India.

In an exclusive interview with PTI, the greatest female pole vaulter in the game's history said she would return to 2012 London Olympic Games to defend the gold medal she won here.

But once she calls it quits, Isinbayeva said she would love to tour India if that helps spread the game.

"Once I'm through with it all, it would be my obligation to spread the game," she told PTI at the Omega Pavilion here.

"If travelling India and interacting with the youngsters helps the cause, I would love to do that," said the lithe Russian, who won the gold medal here bettering her previous world record with an intimidating 5.05m, something she has also started putting beneath her calligraphic autograph these days.

Isinbayeva continues the glorious tradition of erstwhile Soviet Union's incredible supremacy in pole vault and reckons the Russian and Ukrainian dominance stems from their excellent infrastructure, good coaches and a crop of talented athletes.

Yelena Isinbayeva Celebrates

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