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Isinbayeva wants to be a real mother in Russia

After another standout gold medal, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva turns eyes toward motherhood

Isinbayeva wants to be a real mother in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) -- After winning her latest, and perhaps last, gold medal, Yelena Isinbayeva almost immediately looked at the next challenge ahead -- motherhood.

Sports greatest female pole vaulter put on one of her best shows ever at 31, turning a half decade of losses, injuries and frustration into Russia's best night so far at the world championships.

Now, the athlete who almost singlehandedly turned women's pole vaulting from a sporting oddity into a star event will be looking out for herself.

Soon, she said shortly after Tuesday night's victory, she will be pregnant.

She says she will be "a kind of walking penguin."

Updated : 2021-12-09 21:58 GMT+08:00