Great Olympic moments: Beijing 2008 Women's Pole Vault Final 

Ylena Isinbaeva of Russian Federation competes in the Women's Pole Vault Final at Beijing 2008 (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ylena Isinbaeva of Russian Federation competes in the Women's Pole Vault Final at Beijing 2008 (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With Tokyo 2020 now just one year away, it’s time to relive some of the greatest Olympic moments in history. Today 6 August 2020, Beijing 2008 women's pole vault final 

The schedule for Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, venues announced and while athletes around the world are busy gearing up to qualify for the greatest show on Earth, it's time to enjoy 16 days full of the most unforgettable, inspiring and exciting memories from the past as preparations for Tokyo 2020 gather pace!

Beijing 2008 Women's Pole Vault Final

Russia Federation's Yelena Isinbayeva came to Beijing as the defending champion, having won gold in the pole vault at Athens 2004 and she also had a few world championships under her belt. But in order to win another Olympic gold, Isinbayeva had to face her fiercest rivals as well as a few new faces including the USA's Jennifer Suhr and teammate Svetlana Feofanova. Would Isinbayeva continue her winning streak or settle for silver?

Women's Pole Vault Final | Beijing 2008 | Great Olympic Moments
02:49:49

Yelena Isinbayeva wins the Gold for Russia, Jennifer Suhr (née Stuczynski) the Silver for the USA and Svetlana Feofanova the Bronze for Russia in the women's pole vault final at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games in 2008

  • Daniel Rowden of Great Britain competes in the Men's 800m Qualifying Heat 4 during the 24th European Athletics Championships on 9 August 2018. This event formed part of the first multi-sport European Championships (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for European Athletics)
    Exclusive

    Daniel Rowden: In the footsteps of the greats 

  • Katie Zaferes of the United States leaves the water during the Women's Triathlon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
    Athletes

    The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes 

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece smiles as he celebrates victory in his Men's Singles Quarter-finals match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the 2021 Australian Open (Photo by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)
    Athletes

    Social media best bits: Milestones, special ticks and slang