Winnipeg Free Press - - SPORTS -

USAIN Bolt has been train­ing for some time to make a pro­fes­sional soc­cer de­but. Fi­nally he’s done it and in strik­ing style.

Play­ing in a friendly for Aus­tralian club Cen­tral Coast Mariners, Bolt started at for­ward and scored twice in Fri­day’s 4-0 vic­tory against Macarthur South West United.

“It was bril­liant,” Bolt said af­ter­ward. “It took a lot of weight off my shoul­ders. (It took) that first goal to re­lax you be­cause I missed an ear­lier chance. It was a great feel­ing. I was happy about it.”

Al­ready this year, the world’s fastest man has trained with Nor­we­gian club Stroms­god­set, Ger­man club Borus­sia Dort­mund and South African club Sun­downs.

He told Stroms­god­set fans in a Face­book Live in­ter­view in May that he was pas­sion­ate about soc­cer and se­ri­ous about try­ing to make a pro­fes­sional squad af­ter re­tir­ing from sprint­ing in 2017.

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