USAIN BOLT, LIGHTNING STRIKES (TWICE)
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.”