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Yelena Isinbayeva eyes February return to competition

Yelena Isinbayeva

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva competes in the women’s pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Pole vault world-record holder Yelena Isinbayeva is planning to make a comeback ahead of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The two-time Olympic gold medalist has not competed since winning her third world championship title in Moscow in 2013, taking time out to have her first child. Her daughter was born in June 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)


Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva said she plans to compete for the first time since 2013 in February indoors, according to Russia’s track and field federation.

Isinbayeva, 33 and also the world-record holder, gave birth to a girl in June 2014 after winning the 2013 World Championship over London Olympic champion Jenn Suhr.

An Isinbayeva return would add sizzle to one of the most intriguing events on the Rio Olympic track and field program.

In addition to Isinbayeva and Suhr, pole vault medal contenders also include arguably Brazil’s top track and field athlete -- 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer -- and the reigning World champion, Cuba’s Yarisley Silva.

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