The 2016 Rio Olympics 5000m champion, Vivian Cheruiyot has announced her return to action from a two year maternity leave where she was blessed with a bouncing baby girl (Jebiwott).
The 39 year-old who is also the double world 5,000m champion has now put her focus on cutting weight as she readies herself for next season before hanging her spikes.
Cheruiyot who is also the double world 10,000m champion said that she is working on cutting her weight after maternity leave and ready to return into action next year with the sole purpose of running better than before.
The double world 10,000m champion won her first Olympic gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before switching to marathon where she made her debut at the London marathon the following year.
“Right now I cannot say anything on my first race I will be running because I just began training and losing weight and cutting off weight is my priority but probably next year I will do something great,” said Cheruiyot.
“My last race was during the 2020 London marathon where I did not finish the race because it was during the coronavirus pandemic period. It was almost cancelled but they decided to host it. I was in good shape, very fit and everything went on well but it was really cold, so much rain and that took a toll on me, hence dropping out,” she said.
As age continued catching up with the pocket rocket, she explains that transiting to marathon from track and field and cross country after 18 years was not easy but it was the best time for her to move.