Sprint star Bolt eyes football career

Updated: 04 August 2011 11:46 IST

Olympic track and field champion Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, says he would like to play football when he retires from the track.

Sprint star Bolt eyes football career

Madrid:

Olympic track and field champion Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, says he would like to play football when he retires from the track.

"I am serious, I believe I could be good at football, I think I could compete well," the 24-year-old Jamaican said in an interview published on Wednesday in Spanish sports daily Marca.

Asked if he was eyeing a career with a team in a top flight league like the English Premier League or Spain's La liga, he said: "It is difficult to think of plans with a first-level team."

"Maybe in the future one of those teams will invite me to play for them. But I think that first I need to play a few charity matches to see how I develop," he added.

Bolt stormed to Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games in a world record time of 9.69 seconds and then bettered that to 9.58sec when winning the world title in Berlin a year later.

He mirrored that feat in the 200m, also setting world records, last at 19.19sec in the German capital.

Bolt, a Manchester United fan, met with the Red Devils at their training ground in 2009.

He was a defensive midfielder when he played football in high school.

Topics : Athletics
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