If you want to get a glimpse of one of the outstanding superstars of the last decade, pole-vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, then make sure that you do not miss her attempt at a third Olympic gold medal, as it may well be her swansong.
The beautiful Russian with the captivating eyes is getting fed up with the pressure of being at the top for so long, and it is noticeable, in that a degree of inconsistency is creeping into her performances these days.
Isinbayeva showed that the ability is still there when setting a new indoor world record of 5 metres 1 centimetre in Stockholm, in February. That was her first record since 2009, but was not the springboard for a return to form, unfortunately; just recently, at the last Diamond League meeting in Monaco, she even failed to clear 4.70 metres.
The Isinbayeva of old would have cleared that in her sleep; in her case, much in the way that all eyes are on Usain Bolt when he runs, anything less than perfection is seen as failure.
The days of clearin...