Yelena Isinbayeva is the greatest female pole vaulter her sport has ever seen. The first and only woman to clear 5 meters, she has dominated her field for the last five years, a feat that continues this summer. She needed just one jump in the rain on Friday to win the Golden League meet in Paris and keep her in the hunt for a $1 million dollar prize (the Golden League Jackpot goes to whichever athlete or athletes can win their event in six straight European meets — Isinbayeva is one of four athletes in the running after four meets).
Pictured below is Isinbayeva at the Golden League event in Rome earlier this month, which she also won (obviously). Pictured above? Well, that one’s from a couple years ago, but it’s one of my favorite shots of her. It’s a flattering angle, I think.