Yelena Slesarenko of Russia clears 2.06 to win gold in Athens (Getty Images) © Copyright
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2004 Olympic high jump champion Slesarenko retires

Russia's 2004 Olympic high jump champion Yelena Slesarenko has announced her retirement from international competition at the age of 32.

Slesarenko cleared an Olympic record height of 2.06m in Athens and won gold medals at the 2004 and 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the former title with a height of 2.04m.

She missed the 2012 season to give birth and recover from recurrent knee problems before returning last year and making her fourth appearance at an IAAF World Championships, although she failed to make the final on home soil in Moscow.

Slesarenko said a statement that she has accepted a post as director of a winter sports academy in her home city of Volgograd.