Elena Gadschievna Isinbayeva

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Elena Isinbayeva athletics

Yelena Isinbayeva by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow

Full name Elena Gadschievna Isinbayeva
nation RussiaRussia Russia
birthday 3rd June 1982 (age 38)
place of birth Volgograd , Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSoviet Union 
size 174 cm
Weight 65 kg
discipline Pole vault
Best performance 5.06 m World record
status resigned
End of career 19th August 2016
Medal table
Olympic games 2 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
World championships 3 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
Indoor world championships 4 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
World cup 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
European championships 1 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
European Indoor Championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Junior World Championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Youth World Championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
U-23 European Championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Junior European Championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold Athens 2004 4.91 m
gold Beijing 2008 5.05 m
bronze London 2012 4.70 m
IAAF logo World championships
bronze Paris 2003 4.65 m
gold Helsinki 2005 5.01 m
gold Osaka 2007 4.80 m
gold Moscow 2013 4.89 m
IAAF logo Indoor world championships
silver Birmingham 2003 4.60 m
gold Budapest 2004 4.86 m
gold Moscow 2006 4.80 m
gold Valencia 2008 4.75 m
gold Istanbul 2012 4.80 m
World cup
gold Athens 2006 4.60 m
EAA logo European championships
silver Munich 2002 4.55 m
gold Gothenburg 2006 4.80 m
EAA logo European Indoor Championships
gold Madrid 2005 4.90 m
IAAF logo Junior World Championships
gold Santiago 2000 4.20 m
IAAF logo Youth World Championships
gold Bydgoszcz 1999 4.10 m
EAA logo U23 European Championships
gold Bydgoszcz 2003 4.65 m
EAA logo Junior European Championships
gold Grosseto 2001 4.40 m
last change: August 13, 2013
Isinbayeva after winning the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics

Jelena Gadschijewna Isinbajewa ( Russian Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева ; born June 3, 1982 in Volgograd ) is a former Russian pole vaulter . She was Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008 , European champion in 2006 and world champion in 2005, 2007 and 2013 . Isinbayeva improved the world record 30 times indoors and outdoors and became the first woman to jump a height of five meters (July 22, 2005). She is considered the most successful pole vaulter of all time.


Jelena Isinbayeva's first major international competition was the 1998 Junior World Championships in Annecy . There she jumped 3.90 m and finished the competition in ninth place. At the Youth World Championships in 1999 in Bydgoszcz , she won the gold medal and improved to 4.10 m. At the Junior World Championships in Santiago in 2000 , she was junior world champion and rose to 4.20 m. In the same year the women's pole vault became an Olympic discipline . At the Junior European Championships in 2001 in Grosseto , she won the gold medal again with a height of 4.40 m. In the same year she set a new junior world record at the International Stadium Festival Berlin (ISTAF) with 4.46 m, which was only improved by two centimeters in 2005 by the German Silke Spiegelburg .

At the European Championships in Munich in 2002 , she was second behind her compatriot Svetlana Feofanowa with 4.55 m . In 2003 she increased again: At the U23 European Indoor Championships in 2003 in Bydgoszcz , she won the gold medal with 4.65 m. On July 13, 2003, she jumped a new world record with 4.82 m at an athletics meeting in Gateshead . Because of this performance Issinbajewa was the top favorite for the 2003 World Championships in Paris / Saint-Denis , but she was only third, behind Feofanova and the German Annika Becker .

In 2004 Issinbayeva set a new indoor world record with 4.83 m in Donetsk , but Feofanova snatched this record away from her just a week later and jumped an inch higher. At the World Indoor Championships in Budapest in 2004 , Issinbayeva conquered the world record and jumped 4.86 m. She won the title in front of the American Stacy Dragila , Feofanowa was third. On June 27, 2004, Issinbayeva returned to Gateshead and improved her own world record in the open air to 4.87 m. Feofanova then increased again and a week later jumped another centimeter in Heraklion . Feofanowa's record did not even last three weeks, because on July 25, Issinbayeva conquered the world record in Birmingham and jumped 4.89 m. Five days later she raised the world record to 4.90 m in London .

At the 2004 Athens Olympics , the women's pole vault competition was a highly anticipated competition. The battle between Issinbayeva and Feofanova entered the decisive round. At the end of an exciting competition in which Isinbayeva almost eliminated prematurely, Feofanova failed at the height of 4.90 m. Issinbayeva was thus certain as the winner. But she didn't have enough and jumped a new world record with 4.91 m. After the victory, Isinbayeva said that the magic limit of five meters would soon be reached; she has already skipped this height several times during training . Just ten days later, on September 3rd at the Golden League meeting in Brussels , she raised the world record to 4.92 m.

Isinbayeva continued her record hunt in 2005. On July 5th, in Lausanne, she increased her own world record by one centimeter to 4.93 m. On July 16, she improved this to 4.95 m at the Super Grand Prix Meeting of the IAAF in Madrid . On July 22nd, she was the first woman to jump five meters in London (jump heights and number of attempts: 4.70 m / 1; 4.80 m / 1; 4.96 m / 2, world record; 5.00 m / 1 world record). On August 12, she set another world record: At the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki , she jumped the 5.01 m in the second attempt in the final and became world champion for the first time in her career, ahead of Monika Pyrek (POL, 4.60 m) and Pavla Hamáčková (CZE, 4.50 m).

At the 2006 World Indoor Championships in Moscow , she won the gold medal, albeit with a comparatively "low" 4.80 m. She also won gold with 4.80 m at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg . At an indoor meeting in Donetsk, she set a new indoor world record of 4.91 m. On February 10, 2007, she set a new indoor world record at the indoor meeting in Donetsk with 4.93 m and improved her own record from the previous year. In April she received the Laureus World Sports Award as World Sportswoman of the Year . At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka she was on August 28, 2007 for the second time after Helsinki 2005 world champion in pole vault. She missed a new world record (5.02 m) in three attempts. At the meeting in Berlin on September 16, she failed in three attempts at a height of 5.02 m. Subsequently, in September she won the jackpot more than 500,000 at the athletics meeting  US dollars .

On February 16, 2008 Issinbayeva was able to set another indoor world record of 4.95 m at the indoor meeting in Donetsk. On March 8, 2008, she became the indoor world champion for the fourth time at the 2008 World Indoor Championships in Valencia - with a conquered height of 4.75 m. At the Golden Gala in Rome , after almost three years, she again set an outdoor world record when she jumped 5.03 m on July 11th. At the meeting in Monaco on July 29, she set another new world record with 5.04 m. At the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 she was already after two successful attempts over 4.70 m and 4.85 m Olympic champion, then she first improved the Olympic record to 4.95 m and then the world record to 5.05 m, where she crossed the two record heights only in the third attempt. Thus - after 2004 in Athens - she achieved a new world record with her second Olympic victory. On November 24th, she was named Athlete of the Year for the third time , along with Usain Bolt , Athlete of the Year.

On February 15, 2009, Issinbayeva improved the indoor world record twice at the indoor meeting in Donetsk. She jumped 4.97 m before improving to 5.00 m. On May 27, she received the Laureus World Sports Award as World Sportswoman of the Year for the second time since 2007 . On August 17, she was eliminated from the 2009 World Championships in Berlin without a valid height in the final. On August 28, she put the IAAF Golden League -Meeting Weltklasse Zurich a new world record and jumped over 5.06 m. On September 2, 2009, she received the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Sports category. On September 4, 2009, at the Memorial Van Damme meeting in Brussels, she also won the last of the six IAAF Golden League meetings and thus the jackpot of US $ 333,333.33.

At the Indoor World Championships 2010 in Doha Isinbayeva conquered their starting height of 4.60 m, but failed at 4.75 m and thus only reached fourth place. After this repeated failure, she decided to take a year off. In February 2011 she made her comeback at the indoor meeting in Moscow, where she jumped 4.81 m and won. In March 2011 she separated from her trainer Vitaly Petrov and returned to her previous mentor Yevgeny Trofimov, who trained her from the age of 15 up to and including 2005. During the summer season 2011 she took part in a few competitions, but won the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on July 29 , with a season best of 4.76 m. At the World Championships 2011 in Daegu , she reached - with a conquered height of 4.60 m - but only sixth place.

On February 23, 2012, Issinbayeva set the new indoor world record with 5.01 m in the second attempt at the athletics meeting in Stockholm. At the Olympic Games in London in 2012 , she won the bronze medal with a conquered height of 4.70 m. At the World Championships in Moscow in 2013 , she became world champion for the third time in front of a home crowd with a height of 4.89 m conquered in the first attempt. She missed a new world record (5.07 m) in three attempts.

In 2014 she became a mother and also gave up the 2015 season. She planned her comeback for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro , but was not allowed to take part in the games due to the ban on Russian athletes.

Isinbayeva is 1.74 m tall and has a competition weight of 65 kg.

Personal and Politics

Her father, Gadschi Gadschijewitsch Isinbajew, is a plumber and belongs to the small ethnic group of about 200,000 people, the Tabassarans , the majority of whom live in Dagestan . Her mother, Natalia Petrovna Isinbayeva, is a Russian saleswoman and worked on the side in a boiler room . Isinbayeva has a sister. According to his own statements, Isinbayeva grew up in modest circumstances. Her parents had to make many financial sacrifices for her and her sister. Before she started pole vaulting, she had aspired to a career as an artistic gymnast.

Isinbayeva lived for a while in the Monegasque district of Monte Carlo . In March 2011, she returned to her hometown Volgograd to - according to her own account - spend more time with her family and friends.

Isinbayeva has a daughter with the Russian javelin thrower Nikita Petinow , who was born on June 28, 2014.

Issinbayeva was accused of homophobia following statements on August 15, 2013 on the Russian law prohibiting “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations towards minors” ; however, she stated that she was against any discrimination against homosexual persons; she was misunderstood. She is considered a supporter of Vladimir Putin .

At the end of May 2016, Issinbayeva accused Germany of “systematic doping” on the Russian broadcaster RT, among others , whereupon the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) rejected the accusation.

She has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 2016 .

In August 2016, she traveled with six other Russian athletes to the Russian Air Force Base in Syria. About her impressions of the Hmeimim military airfield and the Russian bombers taking off from there, she said: "Every take-off of a jet was like a lullaby for us, which we waited to fall asleep."

In December 2016 she was appointed president of the Russian anti-doping agency Rusada . This was received with irritation by the IOC . She held this position until May 2017.


Web links

Commons : Jelena Isinbayeva  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Westra wins the fifth stage at Paris-Nice ( Memento from March 8, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Sportschau , February 24, 2012
  2. Pole vault star: Issinbayeva waives 2015 World Cup spiegel.de September 26, 2014
  3. guardian.co.uk/sport
  4. guardian.co.uk/sport
  5. news.bbc.co.uk
  6. Исинбаева - Трофимов: встреча в Прощеное воскресенье ( Memento from July 19, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  7. allsportinfo.ru
  8. NEWSru.com : Двукратная олимпийская чемпионка Елена Исинбаева родила девочку
  9. Spiegel ONLINE pole vault world champion Issinbajewa: “I am against all discrimination” , Hamburg, August 16, 2013, accessed August 29, 2013; Issinbayeva criticizes homosexuals , Süddeutsche Zeitung of August 15, 2013 (accessed June 18, 2016).
  10. Issinbayeva accuses Germany of "systematic doping" , fr-online, May 31, 2016
  11. ^ Super patriot as the top doping hunter. In: sueddeutsche.de. December 22, 2016, accessed March 18, 2018 .
  12. The Kremlin's All-Purpose Weapon. In: FAZ.net . February 18, 2020, accessed February 18, 2020 .