USAIN BOLT, LIGHT­NING STRIKES (TWICE)

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A thun­der­bolt shot?

Usain Bolt sig­nalled the start of his foot­ball ca­reer by scor­ing twice dur­ing his de­but with Aus­tralia’s Cen­tral Coast Mariners yes­ter­day. The Ja­maican ath­lete helped the Mariners to seal a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United at Camp­bell­town Sports Sta­dium, New South Wales. Af­ter the game, Bolt posted an im­age of him­self pulling his sig­na­ture “light­ning bolt” pose on the pitch with the cap­tion: “Dreams be­come re­al­ity through hard work.”

How did fans re­act?

With de­light. The crowd erupted into cheers each time Bolt, 32, found the net. Af­ter the game, the Cen­tral Coast Mariners tweeted: “What a game. That will go down as one of the most mem­o­rable games in Aus­tralian foot­ball his­tory.”

Was it a pitch-per­fect per­for­mance?

The world’s fastest man ad­mit­ted that im­prove­ments were needed to his game. He told re­porters at a post-match press con­fer­ence: “My touch is a lit­tle bit bet­ter, my vi­sion needs to im­prove a bit more, run­ning off the ball is where I’ve im­proved the most – but there’s a lot more to learn.”

Has he left the track for good?

Yes. The eight-time Olympic gold medal­list took off his golden-laced spikes for the fi­nal time af­ter the World Cham­pi­onships last year. But rather than put his feet up, he an­nounced his in­ten­tion to be­come a pro­fes­sional foot­baller. Speak­ing last sum­mer, Bolt said: “Maybe a club will see some­thing and de­cide to give me a chance.”

What hap­pens now?

Bolt hopes his suc­cess in the pre-sea­son friendly could earn him a per­ma­nent place on the Aus­tralian A-League team when the sea­son kicks off next week. He added: “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.”

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