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WORTHY CHAMPION: Yelena Isinbayeva after receiving the Laureus Award from football legend Sir Bobby Charlton in Rome on Wednesday.
WORTHY CHAMPION: Yelena Isinbayeva after receiving the Laureus Award from football legend Sir Bobby Charlton in Rome on Wednesday.

GENERAL / It’s her second honour

ROME: Russian pole vaulter and Olympic gold medallist Yelena Isinbayeva won her second Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award on Wednesday.

Isinbayeva received the award from Laureus academy members Sir Bobby Charlton, the former Manchester United player, former France international Marcel Desailly and Italian skiing champion Alberto Tomba at a ceremony in Rome.

She was selected by the 46-member jury of the academy, which unites the world’s greatest sportsmen and women.

Records galore

Isinbayeva has dominated women’s pole vaulting for the last five years and is the defending Olympic and World champion. She set a world record of 5.05 metres at the Beijing Olympics and has improved the World record 24 times.

“It is a great honour for me,” said the 26-year-old athlete, who won also won in 2007. “This is what I train for.” The winners of this year’s Laureus Awards are receiving their prizes individually at a series of presentations in May and June. — AP

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