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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."