One of BP’s favourite athletes, Russian pole vault ace Yelena Isinbaeva, has won the 2013 world championship with this jump. Yelena ignited the home crowd with her 4.89 vault to take the title back at 31 years of age. Although she is the world record holder (5.06m) and the greatest female pole vaulter in history, she has seen her complete dominance over the sport wane slightly in recent years.
Not so this summer. Isinbaeva has come up with a huge performance when it mattered most, under what must have been tremendous pressure. She is a true champion.