Meet Carlin Isles, a.k.a. the Fastest Man in Rugby, is going to Rio to play rugby as the sport returns to the Games after 92 years. Isles, 26, has been making his mark in the sport since transitioning from track and field to rugby in 2012. Isles continued to train in track leading up to the Olympic Trials and competed in the U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championships, finishing in 5th place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.67. His top season mark of 10.15 in the men’s 100-meter dash would have allowed him to take part in the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, but he chose instead to focus on Rugby Sevens.
Rugby Sevens is described by organizers as a faster version of the traditional sport, with fewer athletes on the field at a time — seven for each side instead of 15.