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Athletics: Pole vault queen Isinbayeva to return to training in 2015

Published on Feb 4, 2014 10:42 PM

SOCHI, Russia (REUTERS) - Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has her sights set on a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games but will not return to training until next year.

Isinbayeva, voted Russian athlete of the year in 2013 and the ceremonial mayor of the athletes' village at the Sochi Games, won gold in Athens and Beijing but could do no better than bronze in London in 2012.

"I do not plan to start training soon," she told Reuters during a tour of the village. "I would like to try and compete at the Rio Olympics. Rio will be fantastic. I know the Brazilian people and they will have a great Games."

The 31-year-old returned to top form last year, winning gold at the world athletics championships in Moscow. Afterwards she said she would like to have children before Rio.

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