Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Usain Bolt scores two goals in trial game for Central Coast Mariners

Usain Bolt scores two goals in trial game for Central Coast Mariners

Soon after retiring from his sprinting career, Bolt had made it public that he was looking to have a professional career in football. Finally he's done it, and in striking style.

Usain Bolt got off the schneid in his new professional soccer career scoring two goals for the Australian A-League's Central Coast Mariners.

Since his underwhelming first appearance in late August, Bolt has undertaken intensive training sessions in a bid to work on both skills and fitness, yet for the first 45 minutes the improvement looked to be minimal. "It took a lot of weight off my shoulders".

If you're here just for the video of the goals, you can check out his more impressive first below. "It was a great feeling I was happy about it".

Previously, the Jamaican trained with Borussia Dortmund as well as clubs in Norway and South Africa.

Check out highlights of his two goals in the posts embedded below. This is what I worked towards.

"Personally, the first time I heard his name mentioned I was pinching myself and thinking: "I can't believe this is happening" and it just keeps going", he said.

Bolt wore No. 95 on his jersey, in reference to his 100-meter world record of 9.58 seconds he set in Berlin at the 2009 world championships. In the 14th minute, the 6-foot-5 Bolt lost a header to a much smaller defender and took a cleat to the groin in the process.

In the 23rd minute, he regained the ball in the penalty area after losing it, but his close-range shot came off a defender and was comfortably saved. "I need more games to get better and to know where to be".

Bolt, who holds eight Olympic gold medals in track and field, has pivoted to soccer. The Mariners would go on to win the game 4-0.

While Mielekamp stressed that the primary focus was getting the main team to Brisbane for the opening match of the season next weekend, he said he was taking time to enjoy the attention Bolt has focused on his club. Friday's match was Central Coast's final friendly of the season.

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