New Moms Breaking Athletic Records
The 2011 and 2012 London Marathon champion Mary Keitany made a breathtaking return from maternity leave for the second time to win the New York City Marathon in November.
Former World Championships 5,000m and 10,000m Vivian ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cheruiyot is also preparing for a return after taking a maternity leave that saw her fail to defend her world titles last year in Moscow.
Keitany’s case is not unique — Catherine ‘The Great’ Ndereba, Florence Kiplagat, Lydia Cheromei, Lucy Kabuu and Uganda’s Dorcas Inzikuru are some of the other female athletes who have staged some of the magnificent comebacks after such breaks.
But does giving birth make an athlete perform better than before?