Russian champion eyes 3rd Olympic pole vault title
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
LONDON (AP) -- Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she's targeting a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games.
After reflecting on her bronze medal from Monday, the 30-year-old Russian says she has "no reason to stop."
Isinbayeva tells The Associated Press that, "If I had got this gold medal from London, definitely I will stop, I will quit, I will retire."
She adds: "But the gods say, 'OK, you have to stay a little bit more in the sport, so please continue, don't stop'."
Isinbayeva fell short of becoming the first woman to win three straight Olympic titles in an individual athletics event.
She said then that her "decision is changing every day" about continuing.
Isinbayeva's home city, Moscow, hosts the 2013 world championships.