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Russia's Isinbayeva to skip European athletics championships

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Russia's double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva will not take part in the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Paris in March over illness, Russia's national head coach said.

Russia's double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva will not take part in the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Paris in March over illness, Russia's national head coach said.

"She has a virus disease, she's got flue. She skipped Stockholm and now she will skip the European championship," Valentin Maslakov told the R-Sport newspaper.

In February, Isinbayeva, who had spent almost nine months out of competitions, made a comeback with the world-leading 4.81 m at the Russian Winter Meeting in Moscow.

The 28-year-old Russian star decided to take an indefinite break in her career after she failed to clear the bar at the Berlin Worlds in 2009 and finished fourth at the world indoors in Qatar in March 2010.

Earlier this year, Isinbayeva said she was looking to resume her career.

She won her first Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 and became the first woman to clear the historic 5-meter barrier in the pole vault a year later. She has broken 27 world records so far in her incredible career, topping at 5.06 m.

Isinbayeva's main target over the next couple of seasons will be the London Olympics in the summer of 2012.

MOSCOW, February 23 (RIA Novosti) 

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