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Usain Bolt might try soccer after track

Usain Bolt might try soccer after track
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates crossing the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States to win gold and set a world record of 36.84 during the men’s 400-meter relay final at the London Olympics.
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How would the world’s fastest man do in soccer? We may find out one day, because Usain Bolt, the men’s 100-meter champion at the London Olympics, said Wednesday that he might try his hand at it when he retires from track.

“I have said I wanted to try football,” said Bolt, the world-record-holder at both 100 and 200 meters. “I always wanted to try to play soccer. Maybe at the end of my career. It would be something that I would love to try.

“I watch it on TV and see these guys play. I play it all the time with my friends. I played childhood matches in Jamaica and I did well. I think it is something I would like to try to do.”

Two days after saying he would like to defend his 100- and 200-meter titles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 26-year-old Bolt said he may still branch out to other track events.

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“To find something else to strive toward,” he said. “I could always try the 400 meters — which I don’t want to do. I could try to run faster over both my events. I could try another event, maybe the long jump or the 400 meters. There are a few things I would like to try in sports that I could work towards. We’ll see what I decide at the start of the season.”

After becoming the first man to defend both 100- and 200-meter titles at the Olympics, Bolt said his accomplishment hit him once he returned home to Jamaica.

“It’s a great thing to achieve a goal you always wanted,” Bolt said. “For me it was an honor. I have worked hard to become a legend. For me to go home after the races, sit down, and reflect on what just happened, it was emotional.

“It’s a wonderful steppingstone in my life to be a legend in my sport.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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