Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva's sports profile is that of a Russian pole vaulter. She is twice an Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008), a two-time World Champion and the current world record holder in the event. Isinbayeva has been a major champion on nine occasions (Olympic, World outdoor and indoor champion and European outdoor and indoor champion). She was also the jackpot winner of the IAAF Golden League series in 2007 and 2009. She became the first woman to clear the five-metre barrier in 2005. Isinbayeva's current world records are 5.06 m outdoors, a record Isinbayeva set in Zurich in August 2009, and 5.01 m indoors, a record set in February 2012. As of 2012, she remains the only woman to clear five meters. Isinbayeva was named Female Athlete of the Year by the IAAF in 2004, 2005 and 2008, and World Sportswoman of the Year by Laureus in 2007 and 2009. She was given the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2009. She is one of only eight athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. As a result of her accomplishments, she is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time
Fairer Sex in Sport: Equality, Opportunity and Recognition
Sport, in its bare form, is an art that has got everything to do with skill and nothing to do with the gender that is performing it. However, over the years, male chauvinism, as its ugly, irritatingly persistent and dark opponent, has always found a way to undermine this idea. The fairer sex has had its unnecessary share of controversies, not only over its sporting achievements, but also for the legitimacy of these achievements.