Pole vault record holder Isinbayeva retires from competing

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August 20, 2016
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Yelena Isinbayeva, the pole vault world-record holder, says she is retiring from competing in the sport.

Isinbayeva was prevented from seeking a third Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro after the International Association of Athletics Federations banned all but one Russian track and field athlete from the games over their country's state-sponsored doping scandal.

At a news conference in Rio, the 34-year-old Isinbayeva said through a translator that she is "finishing her professional career".

Isinbayeva says she is considering an offer to lead Russia's track and field federation.

Isinbayeva, who has never failed a doping test, was elected as an athletes' representative on the International Olympic Committee on Thursday.

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