Jamaican sprinter Warren Weir has won selection to the Jamaican Rugby Sevens squad.
Weir took up rugby after he picked up a hamstring problem whilst at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year. He called rugby a “wonderful sport.”
“I am 28 now and you can see the youngsters running really fast,” he told the Jamaica Gleaner. “I don’t plan to be here all the days of my life trying to compete with these youngsters.
“I have somewhat created a legacy and I don’t intend to ruin that by keep getting beaten and losing. It’s important to know when to move on and to help the youngsters to transition into a state where I was. It’s not about quitting. It’s about knowing when to move on.”
The 28-year-old is best remembered for his bronze medal in the 200m at the 2012 Olympics. As you would expect, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake were the only sprinters who could beat him, so Weir will bring incredible speed to the Jamaican side.