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Isinbayeva dumps long-term coach

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Isinbayeva has broken the women's pole vault world record 18 times

MOSCOW, Russia -- Olympic pole vault champion and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva has split with her coach of eight years Yevgeny Trofimov.

"Yevgeny Trofimov will no longer coach Isinbayeva. From now on she will be trained at the Sergei Bubka club in Donetsk," said Russia's national team chief Valery Kulichenko.

Isinbayeva's decision to part from Trofimov comes as a shock after her success in the last two years.

The 23-year-old Russian has been almost unbeatable since 2003, winning every major competition, including last year's Olympics in Athens and this year's world championships in Helsinki, and setting 18 world records in the process.

In July, she became the first woman pole vaulter to break the five-meter barrier at the London Grand Prix, then bettered that mark, soaring 5.01 to win the world title the following month.

In September, she was voted the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) female athlete of the year for the second year in a row.

Isinbayeva, who had been coached by Trofimov since he discovered her at the age of 15 in Volgograd, will now head for Bubka's home town in Ukraine for training.

Isinbayeva has said repeatedly that the 41-year-old Ukrainian, regarded as the greatest pole vaulter of all time, has been her role model since she took up the sport.

She said this year that she would love to better Bubka's tally of 35 world records.

A source close to the Russian athletics federation said money was the main reason for coach and athlete to part. "He wasn't happy with what he was getting from her for all the records she had set," the source said.

Isinbayeva has been paid a $100,000 bonus for every world record she sets.

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