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MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Russia’s pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva announced on Thursday that the first stage of the medical treatment of an injury she sustained last month had been successfully completed.
Following more than a two-year break in her career, Isinbayeva was set to take part in the Russian Grand Prix on February 6, hosted by her home city of Volgograd. However, she had to drop out of the competition after injuring an Achilles tendon during warm-ups.
"The first stage of the medical treatment is over," Isinbayeva wrote in her Instagram account. "The muscle is almost healed."
"It is too early to make any conclusions and at first I will definitely go through an intensive physical rehabilitation and final medical examination and then we will be talking and deciding as to how and where we will be moving further."
Last month Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS that Isinbayeva was "everything for Russia" and the ministry would do everything possible to help her.
"I believe that to win two Olympics and then to return again is like a feat," Mutko said. "We will be helping her and doing everything that we can."
Two-time Olympic Champion Isinbayeva, 33, announced a break in her sports career in 2013 saying she wanted to focus on family, but at the same time hinted on her possible comeback at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Two years ago Isinbayeva, who comes from the Russian city of Volgograd, was residing in Monte Carlo and on June 28, 2014 she gave birth there to her daughter Eva.
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 athlete of all time.
She was the first woman ever to clear the five-meter height jump having achieved the result in 2005. Her current outdoor record of 5.06 meters, set in August of 2009 in Zurich, remains unbeaten. Her indoor world record of 5.01 meters, set in Stockholm in February of 2012, remained undefeated for over a year, when in March of 2013 US pole-vaulter Jenn Suhr broke it with the 5.02 meters result to become the second female athlete to ever clear the five-meter mark.
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.