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Yelena Isinbayeva set to return to pole vault training, report says

Yelena Isinbayeva

Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva celebrates after clearing the bar during the women’s pole vault final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 13, 2013. Isinbayeva won the gold medal. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is serious about the Rio Olympics after giving birth to a daughter and will return to training over the next month, her coach told Russian agency ITAR-TASS.

Isinbayeva, 32, has competed in every Olympic pole vault competition. Women’s pole vault debuted at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. She owns the 10 highest jumps of all time.

American Jenn Suhr beat Isinbayeva at the London Olympics, but Isinbayeva returned the favor at the 2013 Moscow World Championships.

Isinbayeva took a break following last season. She gave birth to a girl in June.

The best women’s pole vaulter this season was Brazilian Fabiana Murer, creating heavy competition going into the Rio Olympics.

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