‘Isinbayeva to compete until Rio Olympics,’ - coach

Russia's Elena Isinbaeva celebrates her third place in the women's pole vault final at the athletics event of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 6, 2012 in London. (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)
Russian pole vaulting star Elena Isinbayeva will continue to compete until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, her coach said in an interview with R-Sport.

­After winning a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, the 30-year-old athlete told Russian media that she wanted to compete in the next Olympics.

“I think she feels frustration from the competition in London, that's why she took such a decision,”
coach Evgeny Trofimov said. “Had Elena won in London, I think she would have ended her career.”

The 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow is likely to be the next major tournament attended by the two-time Olympic champion and holder of 28 world records.

"Lena consulted with me, I told her that she has a huge potential, which has to be used. Most importantly, she had a desire to avenge for the not very high results, which she showed at the Olympics," Trofimov said.

In London, Isinbayeva (while competing with a partially healed back injury) only managed to clear 4.70 meters, far short of her world record of 5.06 meters.

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