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    Russian Pole Vaulter Isinbayeva Files Petition With IAAF to Compete in Rio

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    Two-time Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has sent an application to the International Association of Athletics Federation to compete in the summer Olympic games in Brazil.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva filed a petition with the international athletics federation to compete in the summer games in Rio, the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) press attache said Thursday.

    "Yelena Isinbayeva sent the application to the IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federation] last night," ARAF’s Alla Gluschenko told R-Sport.

    Isinbayeva placed first at the Russian championships June 21 with this season’s world record of 4.90 meters (16 feet). The IAAF upheld a doping ban on ARAF – and consequently Russian track-and-field athletes – from taking part in international competitions this month.

    Isinbayeva earlier declined to perform in the 2016 Olympics under a neutral flag, an opportunity for clean athletes left open by the International Olympic Committee.


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