LONDON, England (AP) — Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is targeting a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
After a couple of days reflecting on her bronze medal from the London Olympics, the 30-year-old Russian great said yesterday that she has "no reason to stop".
"I'm very optimistic for the future. Now I'm thinking about Rio and, of course, I would like to get the gold from Rio and then retire," Isinbayeva said.
So in a way, her failure to win a third Olympic gold on Monday might have prolonged her career.
"If I had got this gold medal from London, definitely I will stop, I will quit, I will retire," she said. "But the gods say, 'OK, you have to stay a little bit more in the sport, so please continue, don't stop'."
Isinbayeva fell just short of becoming the first woman to win three straight Olympic titles in an individual athletics event.