Amazing comebacks is a very much established tradition in Olympic seasons for American track and field and Stacy Dragila, one of the very greats in women’s pole vault history, hasn’t ruled out a potential return to action to bid for a place in the London-bound US team.

An Olympic champion in Sydney 2000, as well as twice world champion either side of, the Californian will have drawn well into her 41 years of age when London comes around but that doesn’t look to daunt the spirit of the fearless competitor in her who didn’t know when she was beaten in her prime.

In fact, her last competitive season doesn’t lie that far behind as she vaulted 4.55m in Eugene and even competed for the US team in Berlin in 2009, where she failed to make her way past qualification, so she could very likely remain in very good shape.

Dragila still ranks fifth in the all-time lists at 4.83m set back in Ostrava in 2004 and has soared over multiple world records in the skies of pole vault during her spectacular career.