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Carlin Isles vs Usain Bolt

USA rugby sevens speedster Carlin Isles has proven over the past few years that electric pace is just as exciting on the field as it is the track. But how does he match up against Olympic Gold medallist Usain Bolt? A study has found that the USA Sevens star has a superior power-to-weight ratio than the 100m & 200m world record holder and a higher top speed over 20 metres.

Isles holds a personal best of 10.13, which could have seen him qualify for the semi-finals of the London Olympics, but Isles has chosen to represent Team USA on the sevens circuit and has been making a name for himself over the past few seasons.

He is unlikely to achieve a spot in the highly competitive USA track team for the Rio Olympics, but will fancy his chances to make the Games as a sevens player, as the sport has been included at the Olympics for the first time in 2016.

With the All Blacks very secretive around player performance statistics it’s hard to compare him to the quickest All Black, but Julian Savea is surely still a more dangerous prospect on the wing than the American.

Then again he has lost a running race to Dane Coles.

Best 100m times

Usain Bolt (world record holder) – 9.58 secs

Carlin Isles (Fastest in rugby sevens) – 10.13

Tonderai Chavhanga (Fastest in Super Rugby) – 10.27

Bryan Habana (Springbok) – 10.4

Joe Rokocoko (former All Black) – 10.66

Doug Howlett (former All Black) – 10.68 

Jonah Lomu (former All Black) – 10.8

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