Yelena Isinbayeva has announced that she is to take an indefinite break from pole vaulting.
The Russian suffered a shock defeat at the World Championships last year as she faild to register a height, the title eventually went to Poland's Anna Rogowska.
It is still uncertain is she will compete in this summer's European Championships in Barcelona, where she would be defending champion after winning in Gothenburg four years ago.
However she admits that is looking to compete in London's Olympic games in 2012.
A statement from the double olympic champion read: "A break from competing is absolutely necessary for me."
"After more than eight years of very hard training and competing at the highest levels both indoors and outdoors each year I need to step back in order for my body to properly recover," Isinbayeva continued.
"It is my full intention to continue training and keep myself fit. At this moment I cannot exactly say when I will return to competitions.
"I have not completely ruled out the entire summer circuit or the European Championships in Barcelona," added the three-time world indoor champion.
"Nothing has changed with my long term goals which includes the 2011 and 2013 World Championships and the Olympic gold in London 2012."
Isinbayeva won the Olympic title in Beijing in 2008, successful defending the title that she had won four years before in Athens.
She was going for her third straight world title in Berlin last year, after winning in both Osaka and Helsinki.