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Yelena Isinbayeva saw off fellow Russian Svetlana Feofanova to claim Olympic pole-vault gold with a world record in Athens.
Isinbayeva beat her own previous world best to record four metres 91cm. Isinbayeva had been one jump from elimination before clearing 4.85m. Feofanova could not match her and had to settle for silver before Isinbayeva went on to raise the bar to 4.91m and set a new world record.
On Wednesday the Russian gold medallist spoke about her outstanding achievement.
"So happy. It's amazing, I don't believe it. It was my dream, but now it's real. I'm so happy."
Isinbayeva was joined by Olympic decathlon gold medallist Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic.
World record holder Sebrle broke Briton Daley Thompson's 20-year-old Olympic record with 8893 points to take gold ahead of American Bryan Clay. Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan took bronze.
Sebrle climbed his way from fourth and took the lead only after the javelin, the ninth of the 10 events, with a throw of 70.52 metres.
The Czech, who holds the world record at 9,026, finally captured his first major title after taking silver four years ago in Sydney and finishing second at last year's world championship.
This was Isinbayeva's first appearance at a Summer Games, but it is likely to be the first of many Olympic adventures for the 22-year-old.