Isinbayeva named as Russian Expo Promotion

    Russian female pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who has won the Olympic gold medals twice, has been nominated as "Russia promotion ambassador for World Expo 2010 Shanghai". Isinbayeva will be the highlight during Shanghai Expo's promotions in Russia and other parts of the world through her impact in sporting and fashion industries, said Hong Hao, director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

    Isinbayeva just set a new world record of 5.06m outdoors in Zurich, her 27th world record, on August 28 and will compete in this weekends' Shanghai Golden Grand Prix. She said that she's grateful to receive the title and would visit the Expo next year. It's the third time that she's visiting Shanghai and she's impressed by the better changes in the city brought by preparations for Expo 2010. Later, Isinbayeva paid a visit to the Russia Pavilion which is under construction and revealed that she may show up to help guide some special visitors around the pavilion.