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Top sprinter Usain Bolt wants to be a footballer

Usain Bolt tells Ronaldo how to stay on his feet

Sprint king Usain Bolt has revealed that he wants to pursue a second sporting career as a footballer.

The 24-year-old first wants to set a 100m record of 9.4 seconds - a time he says will "probably never be beaten".

Then the Jamaican says he will turn his attention to the beautiful game in about four year's time.

"I'm definitely a good player - a defensive or attacking midfielder," the Olympic 100m and 200m champion told BBC 5 live's Sportweek programme.

Bolt, a Manchester United fan, believes he has what it takes to make a name for himself on the pitch.

"I always watch those guys and I think I could be a professional footballer," he told Sportsweek.

"I'd like to play football for two years. Maybe I could get into a good side or even an average side."

Usain Bolt does keepy-uppys

Bolt attempts a few keepy-ups for Newsround

Earlier in the week, Bolt told CBBC Newsround that had he not made it in athletics he would have been a cricketer.

"I was playing cricket one day and my coach said, 'You know what? Try track and field', because I was running pretty quickly."

On a more serious note, Bolt spoke of what he believes is the growing reputation of athletics for dealing with drugs cheats.

"In track and field they're doing a really good job of catching the cheats, so it's hard to cheat.

"It will get cleaner and will be back to a sport with no problem. We need nothing but time."



see also
Injured Bolt misses rest of 2010
10 Aug 10 |  Athletics
Gatlin wins second comeback race
08 Aug 10 |  Athletics
Gay powers past Bolt in Stockholm
06 Aug 10 |  Athletics
Gatlin returns after ban with win
03 Aug 10 |  Athletics
Bolt cruises to victory on return
08 Jul 10 |  Athletics
Bolt sets record to win 100m gold
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Gatlin sets 2012 Olympics target
28 Jan 10 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics


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