Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt took his first start for the Central Coast Mariners, an Australian professional soccer club, aiding his team to a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United. Bolt scored his first goal as a professional soccer player Friday night in Australia. Less than fifteen minutes later, he added another. It was Bolt’s third appearance overall with the club.
“It was a big deal. Scoring a goal in your first proper match … it’s a good feeling,” Bolt said afterwards, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’ve been improving quickly, I personally feel.”
The Jamaican, who is the world-record holder for the 100-metre and 200-metre sprint, is seeking to earn a contract ahead of the upcoming A-League season. He retired as a sprinter in 2017, following the World Championships and has turned his focus to soccer.
Bolt left the game in the 74th minute.