Thursday, May 7, 2015

Carlin Isles — The Fastest Man In Rugby

The Fastest Man in Rugby: Carlin Isles | Grantland Channel

The story of Carlin Isles, an American sprinter who's Olympic dreams were dashed and then resurrected when took his speed off the track and onto the rugby pitch.

  • Caps: 19
  • Birthday: 11/21/89
  • Position: Wing
  • Secondary Position: Full back
  • Height: 5'8''
  • Weight: 165
  • Club: Men's Eagles Sevens
  • College: Ashland University
  • High School: Jackson High School
  • Hometown: Massillon, OH
  • Twitter: @Carlin_Isles
Isles played football and participated in track and field at Jackson High School in Ohio, where he holds school records in the long jump, 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter events. He was an All-American in the 60 meter dash at Ashland University, running a personal best of 6.68 seconds. Isles was also an All-GLIAC selection on the Ashland University football team and still holds school records for most kickoff return yardage in a game and longest kickoff return for a touchdown.

Faster Than Bolt, Jumping After Jordan: Carlin Isles Carries USA Olympic Hopes The Guardian

Though his 100 meter time of 10.13 seconds would have been good enough for the semi-finals at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Isles did not attend the Games. He began his rugby career shortly thereafter with the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club and earned a Residency contract with the Men’s Eagles Sevens. Isles was one of the leading try-scorers on the Eagles during the 2012-13 IRB Sevens World Series. Isles returned to the Olympic Training Centre in 2014 following a stint with the Glasgow Warriors of the Guinness Pro12.

The fastest man in world rugby is Carlin Isles. But how does he rate compared to the top stars of the NBA, the NFL, and the 100m world record holder, Usain Bolt?

The former athlete, whose memorable tries for the USA Eagles Sevens have lit up the HSBC Sevens World Series, goes 'head to head' with the best in the world from the track, field and court with amazing results.

Starting next week at the Gold Coast Sevens, Isles will be among the raft of stars hoping to bring their game to this year's HSBC Sevens World Series. With Sevens debuting at the 2016 Olympic Games, teams who finish in the top four will automatically qualify and book their place at Rio. The pressure is on.

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