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Isinbayeva fails to gain special Rio dispensation

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Moscow (dpa) - Twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has lost her bid to gain special dispensation to compete in the Rio Olympics, she said on Friday.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) barred the entire Russian track and field team from Rio because of systematic doping but said some athletes would be able to compete as special cases at the August 5-21 Games.

Russian long jumper Darya Klishina was given the green light because she trains in the US while doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova was told she could take part by the IAAF, only for the International Olympic Committee to ban her because of a previous doping conviction.

"The miracle did not happen," Isinbayeva wrote on Instagram in reference to her attempt to get dispensation given she has never failed a doping test and is the face of Russian sport.

The World Anti-Doping Agency had recommended a blanket ban for all Russian Olympians across all sports after a second report into state-run doping. But the IOC decided against an outright suspension with only the track and field team fully sanctioned.

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