Isinbayeva, Kolchanova and Kotulskaya are the second day stars at the Russian Championships


Pole Vault star Yelena Isinbayeva cleared 4.75m to provide the highlight of the second day of the Russian Championships on Tuesday (23), the final test event before the IAAF World Championships next month.

Isinbayeva, competing in her first Russian Championships for a decade, cleared her winning height on her third attempt before unsuccessfully trying 4.85m.

“"I have earlier in the season a best result of 4.78, so I immediately put the bar up to 4.85. Going up to 4.80m was too small a step but 4.85, that was my minimum goal. Unfortunately, I had one of those days when women do not feel very well,” revealed Isinbayeva.

“Yesterday everything was fine; there was just a little ‘ringing’ in my legs. Today, I was just knocked out. However, it was nice to compete at the Russian Championships, and to win the title. It’s possibly the last national title of my career.

“It was a pleasure to compete with our young girls. At first, they did not look at me. I’m still a rival, but after the event, they came over and asked questions. I sincerely wish them success - they are our future, the future Olympic champion and World champions.

Now I’m looking forward to the World Championships, I’m going in a good mood and with a desire to fight. My friends and family will be there to support me, they have already bought tickets.

She will be joined in the Russian team by Anastasiya Savchenko, who cleared 4.60m, and Angelina Krasnova, who went over 4.50m


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