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Pole vault queen Isinbayeva gets married

December 12, 2014, 19:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Two-time Olympic Champion Isinbayeva announced a break in her sports career last year, saying she wanted to focus on family

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Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva


MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Russia’s pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva has tied the knot with athlete Nikita Petinov, the father of her daughter Eva, Petinov's coach told TASS on Friday.

"The wedding currently takes place in her native city of Volgograd," coach Vladimir Ovchinnikov said.

Two-time Olympic Champion Isinbayeva announced a break in her sports career last year, saying she wanted to focus on family, but at the same time hinted on her possible comeback at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

The daughter of 32-year old Isinbayeva and 24-year old Petinov was born in June.

Isinbayeva is also the three-time World Champion (2005, 2007 and 2013) and, having set a total of 28 world records, she is currently considered the greatest female pole vault athletes of all time.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) named Isinbayeva the Female Athlete of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2008. In all, she is the champion on nine major occasions, which are the champion’s titles at the Olympic, World Outdoor and Indoor, as well as European Outdoor and Indoor competitions.

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