Athletics: Isinbayeva shocked by attacks in Russian home town
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva on Monday said she was devastated and shocked by two deadly attacks that have rocked her home town of Volgograd in southern Russia.
"It is hard for me to talk now," she told the Itar-Tass news agency. "None of my family or loved ones suffered. But I feel terrible, simply terrible."
Isinbayeva, who enthralled Russia with her victory in the World Athletics Championships in Moscow this summer, is probably the most famous living resident of the city.
The athletics star was born in Volgograd in 1982 to a Russian mother and father of Dagestan origin. She still trains in the city under the guidance of her coach since childhood, Yevgeny Trofimov.