Following her sensational gold medal winning performance in the Beijing Olympics, Russian pole vaulter and Olympic gold medallist Yelena Isinbayeva won her second Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award 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.
Not only is it Isinbayeva’s second Laureus Award – she also won in 2007 – but it is the fifth straight year that the Russian pole vault super star has been nominated.
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 meters at the Beijing Olympics, and has improved the world record 24 times.