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Bolt ready to try football after running at Rio

Published on Oct 24, 2012 6:43 AM
 
Fastest person ever Jamaicain Usain Bolt poses under the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Oct 23, 2012. Bolt, the world record-holder at 100 and 200 metres, said on Tuesday he likes his chances at starting up a football career after he retires from athletics after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics -- PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Usain Bolt, the world record-holder at 100 and 200 metres, said on Tuesday he likes his chances at starting up a football career after he retires from athletics after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

"I would love to play," Bolt said. "I've played football. I've played charity matches. Something I really want to try.

"And 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.

After 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.

 
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