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Tia Hellebaut – From Olympic Gold to Motherhood

Belguim's only Olympic gold medalist

During the 2008 indoor track & field season, Tia Hellebaut returned her focus to multi-events and became world champion of pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia, where she set a record for the best high jump result in a women’s multi-event competition, clearing 1.99 m. (6.53 feet).

At the 2008 summer Olympics, held in Beijing, Hellebaut reached her pinnacle by winning the gold medal in the high jump, ahead of the favorite, Blanca Vlasic of Croatia, with a new outdoor personal best of 2.05 m. (6.73 feet).

 Her achievement represented the first-ever athletics gold medal in the Olympics for a Belgian, and only the second of any color, one day after Belgium won their first (silver) medal in the 4×100m relay.

On 5 December 2008, Hellebaut announced her pregnancy and her retirement from professional athletics. On June 9, 2009, Hellebaut gave birth to a daughter named Lotte.

After her professional track & field career, Hellebaut started working for a sports marketing company.

Belguim's Tia Hellebaut wins Olympic gold in the high jump


November 18, 2009 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

World’s Best Pole Vaulter – Russia’s Yelena Isinbaeva

Olympic gold medalist and World Record Holder

On 22 July 2005 Yelena Isinbaeva became the first woman to clear the historic 5.00 meter (16.4 feet) barrier in pole vault.

At the age of 27 Isinbaeva has been a nine-time major champion (Olympic, World outdoor and indoor champion and European outdoor and indoor champion).

Isinbaeva’s current world records are 5.06 m outdoors, a record Isinbaeva set in Zurich on August 28, 2009, and 5.00 m indoors, a record set at the Donetsk indoor meeting on 15 February 2009. The former was Isinbaeva’s twenty-seventh world record.

World's Best - Yelena Isinbaeva

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , | 1 Comment