New goal for Usain as he fires up his light­ning bolt

Daily Express - - RICHARD & JUDY - By Liz Perkins

FORMER world record sprinter Usain Bolt strikes his fa­mous light­ning bolt pose af­ter scor­ing twice in his first foot­ball game yes­ter­day. The 32-year-old Ja­maican eight-time Olympic cham­pion cel­e­brated in style fol­low­ing his feat with Aus­tralia’s Cen­tral Coast Mariners team. He scored the third and fourth goals in a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West in a pre-sea­son friendly for the A-League club. Bolt has teamed up with the club for an “in­def­i­nite train­ing pe­riod” af­ter re­tir­ing from the track last year. He said then his dream was to play pro­fes­sional foot­ball. Af­ter the match yes­ter­day, he said: “Dreams be­come re­al­ity through hard work. “My first start and scor­ing two goals, it’s a good feel­ing. I’m keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team.”

He added: “I think I made some slight mis­takes but I’m just happy to get the chance and I’m proud of my­self.”

Scot­land striker Ross McCor­mack, who is on loan from As­ton Villa and headed in the Mariners’ first goal, was full of praise for the ath­lete.

He said: “The best thing about Usain Bolt is that he’s so hum­ble.

“He’s fit­ted in well with the lads. From my first day even to where he is now, the trans­for­ma­tion is huge.”

The 100m and 200m run­ner has al­ready trained with a host of foot­ball sides in­clud­ing Borus­sia Dort­mund, South Africa’s Sun­downs and Nor­way’s Stroms­god­set.

The Mariners have not yet re­vealed whether the Olympic le­gend will be of­fered a con­tract.

Pic­tures: EPA

Bolt bagged two goals in Aus­tralia’s Mariners game yes­ter­day

Bolt shows off the same light­ing bolt pose he used on the ath­let­ics track

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