Bolt to try pro soccer
24 October 2012, 15:51
Rio de Janeiro - Usain Bolt, the world record-holder at 100 and 200
metres, said on Tuesday he likes his chances at starting up a soccer
career when he retires from athletics after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro
"I would love to play," Bolt said. "I've played football. I've played charity matches. Something I really want to try.
after Rio, I'll just retire and just try and see if I'm any good in
soccer, but I think I'd be pretty good because I play with my friends.
I've played charity matches in Jamaica. I think I'm pretty good."
If he does make a leap onto the pitch, his signature "lightning Bolt" stance could serve as a stellar goal celebration move.
winning Olympic gold at Beijing in 2008 and London this past August,
Bolt will try to "three-peat" at Rio in the 100, 200 and with the
Jamaican 4x100m relay.
Bolt, a Manchester United supporter, had looked at the long jump for Rio but wants to ease the punishment on his knees.
plan was the long jump maybe before the Olympics but I've talked to my
coach (Glen Mills) and he showed a little concern about the fact long
jumps always create problems for the knees," Bolt said.
going to sit down and re-evaluate if we really want to do it as I might
prejudice my opportunity to come to Rio so I might not do the long
Even Bolt at age 26 must fight to keep Father Time at bay for four more years.
on how I manage these four years," Bolt said. "I'm thinking that if I
do my time, try not to work too hard... I can work over those four
"It should be OK. I'm not really worried."