Yelena Isinbayeva is considered as the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time. She has won two Olympic Gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. She has also won the World Championships thrice in 2005, 2007 and 2013. She became the first women to cross the five-meter mark in 2005. As of 2013, Isinbayeva has set a new World Record on 28 separate occasions. She has been the winner of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) Female Athlete of the Year in the years 2004, 2005 and 2008. She is one of nine players who have won the Athletic World Championships at the youth, junior and senior level.
Yelena Isinbayeva was born on June 3, 1982 at Volvograd, Soviet Union. She started off in sports by being trained in gymnastics from a very early age. She had to discontinue gymnastics at the age of 15 as she had grown too tall for the sport. She soon changed her sport to pole vaulting and in her third competition itself won the 1998 World Youth Games in Moscow, Russia with a height of 4.00 m. She went o to defend her title next year by clearing 4.10 m. She was hailed as the next big star of athletics.