"After the Rio Olympics, I had a frightening foot fracture that made me miss out on the 2017 and 2018 seasons. I had to layback from competitions and I decided to start a family and in the process, I had a baby girl," Cherono told Xinhua on Wednesday.
With sports disrupted, travel restricted and meets and competitions delayed or canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic, Cherono decided to channel the frustrations of the forced shutdowns into more training and preparations for her comeback.
"I started training last year and I had hoped to compete fully this season but the virus shutdown happened. I used the virus frustration to train more and get into better shape. I can say I am 80 percent in-term of fitness and ready to compete during the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series in Nairobi on Oct. 3," said Cherono.