Usain Bolt scores twice for Central Coast Mariners in win over Macarthur

Doug Mendoza
October 12, 2018

The 32-year-old 100 meters world record holder and eight-time Olympic gold medal victor joined Central Coast on trial in August in a bid to win a contract. After his teammates mobbed him, the retired eight-time Olympic gold medal sprinter took a moment by himself to unleash his patented "lightning bolt" celebration.

"Scoring a goal in your first proper match, the first start and scoring two goals, it was a good feeling", Bolt told FOX Sports after the game.

The partnership with former Leeds and Aston Villa man Ross McCormack and Bolt already has the potential to surpass the pairing of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe. "I'm keen. That's why I'm here, to play my best and to try and get into the team". After a much-publicized training stint with German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in March, Bolt signed for the Mariners for an "indefinite training period" in August.

Jamaican sprint legend Bolt, who still holds the current 9.58 seconds world 100m record, called time on his track career in 2017 and since has cosistently made mention of his intentions to embark on a professional football career.

"It was a big deal. first start and scoring two goals".

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"Because this is what I've worked for".

It's Bolt's first serious foray into football since retiring from athletics a year ago.

The Central Coast Mariners begin their A-League campaign with a trip to face Brisbane Roar at the Suncorp Stadium on October 19.

The Mariners won 4-0, with Bolt showing off his tremendous pace to shrug off a defender, and then lashing the ball home from an acute angle with his left foot in the 55th minute.

While the Mariners have claimed it is not a publicity stunt and that Bolt could possibly earn a contract at the New South Wales club, their marketing of his appearance suggests otherwise. I think running off the ball is where I've improved the most, I can see and move into space.

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