World record holder Isinbayeva to start winter season
Olympic champion in women's pole vault and current world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia will start her winter season at the annual tournament at Donetsk on Saturday.
Last year the 25-year-old won the pole vault tournament for the fourth consecutive time setting also a new indoor world record after clearing the mark of four metres 93 centimetres.
"It's a good tradition for me to take start into the new season in Donetsk," Isinbayeva told the news conference. "I always tried to perform at my best here to take a successfull start."
"I hope this year it will also be a success. And I will definitely try to set up a new world record here," she added.
Meanwhile, the organisers announced that an athlete, who sets up a new world record opn Saturday, would receive a 50,000-dollar prize purse.
In the women's event two polevaulters of Poland Anna Rogowska and Monika Pyrek are also expected to perform here along with Germany's Silke Spielgelburg, Karolina Hingst and Juila Hutter.
In the men's section of the event a duo of the US vaulters Derek Mills and Toby Stevenson will compete with the season's current leader Yevgeny Lukianenko of Russia and Alexander Averbukh of Israel.
Brazilian vaulter Fabio Gomes da Silva and German Chiaraviglio of Argentina are also in the starting list.
Isinbaeva's coach Vitaly Petrov, who was earlier coaching the pole vault great Sergei Bubka, said that she was in almost perfect form ahead of the winter season adding Isinbayev could set the new record mark at the tournament.
"Yelena (Isinbayeva) is 90-95 percent ready for the new season," Petrov said. "Donetsk is a special place for the pole vaulters, where the probability of a new world record is very high."