Russia’s Isinbayeva announces retirement, says God will judge IAAF

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Russia’s double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she is quitting her sport, and “God will judge” IAAF over Russian ban – adds the medal handed out for the pole vault in her absence at the Rio Games will not be a “proper gold”.

Russia’s Isinbayeva announces retirement, says God will judge IAAF

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1. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DOUBLE OLYMPIC POLE VAULT CHAMPION, YELENA ISINBAYEVA, SAYING:

“Today in Rio on August 19, 2016, Yelena Isinbayeva is finishing her professional career, she is finishing it.”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DOUBLE OLYMPIC POLE VAULT CHAMPION, YELENA ISINBAYEVA, SAYING:

“I am no judge, I am not God, so if the president and all the members of the IAAF believe they behaved honestly towards me and all the clean Russian track and field athletes, let that be on their conscience, God will be their judge. (SIGHS) So today I feel much more at ease.”

STORY: Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva announced her retirement on Friday (August 19) at a combative news conference where she said God would be the judge of whether athletics’ governing body was right to exclude Russia from the Rio Games.

“Today in Rio on August 19, 2016, Yelena Isinbayeva is finishing her professional career, she is finishing it,” she told reporters.

Barred from competing at the Rio Games, Isinbayeva said God would be the judge of whether the athletics’ governing body was right to exclude almost the entire Russian track and field team, including herself, over what it said was incontrovertible evidence of state-sponsored doping.

“I am no judge, I am not God, so if the president and all the members of the IAAF believe they behaved honestly towards me and all the clean Russian track and field athletes, let that be on their conscience, God will be their judge,” she said.

The 34-year-old Russian champion said whoever won the women’s pole vault in her absence on Saturday would not have achieved a proper gold medal.

Isinbayeva said she had been confident of winning the pole vault after clearing 4.90 metres on June 2 on her first competitive appearance for three years after giving birth to a daughter.

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