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My world record was to stop the yapping, says Isinbayeva

12 July 2008

By Gary Smith

Russian reigning Olympic and World champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who on Friday improved her own Pole Vault world record, said her feat was to send a message to those questioning her abilities in an event she made her own in the last four years.

"When (Jenn) Stuczynski jumped 4.90 then 4.92 (at the US Olympic trials on July 6) it made me so angry because everyone started to say: 'Isinbayeva is finished, we have a new star'," the Russian said.

"It made me angry and I am happy for that feeling because I hadn't felt it enough since my last world record."

Isinbayeva cleared a world record 5.03m on her second try at the Golden Gala meeting in Rome to dismiss the critics and cement her status as one of the Olympic Games overwhelming favourite for a gold medal.

The 26-year-old added that her landmark was a result of mastering a new technique.

"Today I feel happy inside - so, so happy," she said. "Today I feel like the previous Isinbayeva.

"Before I was full of problems, but after changes in my technique, my personal life, my coach, my life generally, I think I am stronger now in my personal condition.

"I run faster, I long jump longer but, more important, inside I feel so happy, so calm."

Her record in Rome was improved the previous record of 5.01m, set when she won gold at the 2005 world championship in Helsinki.

Isinbayeva will now compete in Stockholm, London and Monaco and then train with the Swedish national team in Japan before the defence of her Olympic gold medal in Beijing.

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