January 25, 2018
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Isles eyes 100m at Tokyo Olympics

Rugby’s fastest man, Carlin Isles wants to compete in rugby sevens and on the athletics track at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 28-year-old, who boasts a personal best of 10.13 seconds in the 100 metres believes he can excel in both fields.

"Anything's possible, baby," Isles said. "Track is a little after rugby [in the schedule], so I think it can happen." 

There was an American athlete in 1920, exactly 100 years before Isles may try to re-write the record books, who won medals in both rugby and track and field. 

Little-known Morris Kirksey claimed silver in the men's 100m before winning a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the Antwerp Games in 1920. 

A few days later he ran out for team USA in a gold-medal rugby match against France, which his side won 8-0. 

Ahead of Rio, Isles had every intention of qualifying for the US team to potentially run against Usain Bolt, however, the national sevens team had a camp at the same time, meaning he was unable to achieve his Olympic dream.

Despite edging closer to 30 years old, the larger-than-life speedster is adamant he is getting even quicker. 

"I'm in real good shape," Isles said. "I'm ready to put the hammer down and tear it up a little bit.

"I'm always trying to find ways to get faster and get better, so for me my speed is a big attribute to what I do. The faster I get, the better I feel and the more confidence I have. 

"I love my speed, man, I'm all about speed." 

All eyes will be on Isles when he takes the field against Australia on Friday. His ability to run rings around opponents and cause havoc in defensive lines will be a handful for the Australians.

By Reginald Chandar

Rythm


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