Robert Cheseret joing US Army, becoming US Citizen

Published by Chris Nickinson
Jun 26th 2009, 11:30am | 1518 views

Becoming Army strong

Tireless runner Cheseret decides to don fatigues
By Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 06.21.2009
Robert Cheseret's shoulders strain and his elbows flex as his rail-thin runner's arms lower his body an inch from the ground and back up again.
The former UA star and NCAA champion has been doing an hour's worth of push-ups three times a week for the last three months.
There's a reason: He's joining the Army.
The Kenya native will train for five months, become an American citizen and join the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program. That will allow him to train for the 2012 London Olympics while earning a military salary.
Cheseret, a 25-year-old who lives in Tucson with his wife, leaves for basic training on Monday.
That's where the push-ups come in.
"They told me I need to run a 7-minute pace to pass basic training. I laughed — during my training, I run a 6-minute pace, and that's over 10 miles," he said.
"The challenging part for me is going to be the push-ups. I need to do 40 in two minutes. Right now, I'm up to 30. But I'm getting better."
Cheseret's strength comes from his legs.
They ran him out of his native Kenya, the cradle of distance runners, and delivered him to Tucson. They carried him to three school records and two NCAA titles between 2003 and 2006.

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