Russian champ Isinbayeva applies to compete in Rio Games

MOSCOW (AP) The All-Russia Athletic Federation says two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has applied to the IAAF for permission to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The IAAF this month upheld its overall ban on the Russia team - imposed in November because of widespread doping - but allowed an exemption for athletes who can show they have been subject to reliable drug-testing outside their home country.

Russian news agencies on Thursday quoted Russia federation spokeswoman Alla Glushchenko as saying that Isinbayeva has sent her application to track and field's world governing body.

Isinbayeva previously said she would apply only if she is allowed to compete under the Russia flag.

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