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Athletics: Isinbayeva to retire after worlds

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Russian pole vault queen and double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva announced Tuesday she would be retiring after her home world athletics championships, which take place in Moscow in August.

"My career will come to its end at the world championships," Isinbayeva told reporters after winning the national title at Moscow's Luzhniki arena.

"For me it will be a really nostalgic moment. I want to enjoy a joyful career finish and will show my best at the world championships."

"At the worlds I will fight with the height and myself," she added. "It was here in Luzhniki that I won my first title and here my career will come to an end.

"I expect a huge support from my fans at the event as I really need it to show everything I'm able to show. I'm ready to battle for the win"

Isinbayeva, who won gold at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, has set 28 world records in women's pole vault including the current world's best mark of 5.06 metres.

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