Ex-Bluebird helps sprint star Bolt to a dream double
AS Usain Bolt was powering his way to a world record 100m Olympic gold ten years ago, Ross McCormack had just netted his first goal for Cardiff City in a 1-1 draw at Doncaster.
As the Scottish striker celebrated rescuing a point for his side at the Keepmoat, he surely wouldn’t have ever imagined in a million years that he would cross paths with the legendary Olympian.
Now, incredibly, both men have just lined up in the same team – and got on the scoresheet.
Bolt is currently on an ‘indefinite’ trial with Australian side Central Coast Mariners, and took a massive step towards fulfilling his dream of earning a professional contract by netting twice in a pre-season friendly with amateur side Macarthur South West United.
There was predictably plenty of fanfare over a first ever start for the Jamaican at Campbelltown Stadium, but it was former Bluebird McCormack who opened the scoring with a tidy header on eight minutes.
Jordan Murray then doubled the lead just before the break, before McCormack turned provider on 55 minutes, teeing up Bolt with a wonderful through ball over the top of the defence, with the eight-time Olympian on hand to apply a composed finish.
Bolt, wearing 95 as a nod to his 100m world record time of 9.58 seconds, saw the night get even better around 10 minutes later, capitalising on a defensive mix-up to tap home into an empty net.
He was replaced 15 minutes from time to a standing ovation, and said afterwards: “I’m happy I could come here and show the world I’m improving.
“I’m keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team.”
A Bolt-McCormack partnership could well be a possibility in the very near future.
The Scottish forward left Aston Villa for Australia last month on a season-long loan.
The 32-year-old forward, who cost Villa £12m from Fulham in 2016, hasn’t played for the club in 18 months following a public falling out with former manager Steve Bruce.
He was a Cardiff City favourite between 2008 and 2010, scoring 25 goals for the club.
Usain Bolt celebrates the first of his two goals