Changing Strides: Bolt Preps For New Career In Pro Soccer

MELBOURNE, Australia – Legendary retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he is seriously weighing up a career in soccer and is currently getting in shape to undertake a possible trial at Germany giants Borussia Dortmund. The multiple-time World and Olympic champion, the most successful sprinter ever in the history of the track, has always flirted with the idea of a soccer career, but has firmed up plans following his retirement last August at the World Championships in London.

Bolt left“It’s something that I want to do,” the 31-year-old told the Herald Sun as he took charge of a training session with members of the Australia cricket side preparing for the Ashes series against England. “I’m trying to get fit now.

“My doctor finally passed me after my hamstring problems at the World Championships, so now I can start training. I’ve started training while I’m here and trying to get into shape before I get home and next year I’ll get a trial and we’ll take it from there.”

DOMINANT

Bolt dominated sprinting ever since dramatically bursting onto the international scene at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, going on to become the first sprinter to win the 100 and 200 meters titles at three consecutive Olympiads. He is an 11-time World champion and remains the world’s fastest-ever man with his astonishing 100 meters record of 9.58 seconds and 200 meters mark of 19.19 seconds, still intact.

Bolt’s last appearance at the London World Championships was riddled with injury, however, as he could only manage third in the 100 meters before pulling up in the sprint relay. The outing raised some doubt over his ability to continue as a top tier athlete, but Bolt said he would give his new interests plenty thought before making a final decision.

“We’ll decide if it makes sense,” he said. “When I put my mind to something, I’m going to do it. “I’m going to train hard, put myself through some drills. Coach of the team in Jamaica – I’ll do some work with him also to figure out the finer details.”

AUSSIE TIP

Bolt took the Aussie cricketers through their paces as he helped sharpen up the speed element of their running, ahead of the opening Test on Thursday in Brisbane. “It’s all about explosiveness and that’s one thing I’ve noticed with cricket – they don’t really have a lot of explosiveness when they’re running,” Bolt explained.

Batsman Peter Hands comb said they would be taking Bolt’s tips on board to help with their game. “We’ll give it a crack,” he said. “He was trying to get us nice and low in the turn and in and out. The first couple of steps are key and if we can get them right, we’ll be fast.”

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