Yelena Isinbayeva arrived at the 2004 Olympic Games already holding the world record for pole vaulting, and therefore was the favorite to win. However, Yelena Isinbayeva missed two attempts for 4.70 and 4.75 meters. This left her in third place with Russian athlete Svetlana Feofanova in the lead. In a jump that could define a bronze or gold medal, she made her final attempt directly for 4.80m. This time, a perfect jump took Isinbayeva to the lead. Yelena Isinbayeva then came back to pass the 4.85m barrier and after that settle a new world record at 4.91m. She is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time.

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