"I sometimes with my best friend say, 'Can you believe it, what we’ve done?' because I'm from the rural area of Jamaica, the country, and I used to play football in the streets," he told a news conference on the Gold Coast. "I kicked around bottles, anything I could get my hands on, I'd run around in bare feet, at no point in time did I think I would be at this level. "So for me it's just amazing, sometimes I just sit back and be wowed because I've done so much." The eight-times Olympic and 11-times world champion said one of the most satisfying aspects of his career was having spurred on others by his example.
COMMONWEALTH CHAMP USAIN BOLT— Commonwealth Games Federation (@thecgf) April 12, 2018
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"I’ve said it to a few athletes, this is your time. The sport definitely needs someone to step up and be that person. It's a wide open field. "(But) I’m still track and field..." Bolt long ago traded bare feet for state-of-the-art athletics shoes and he said his newest venture, a series of trials with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund, was still in the early stages. "I'm very serious about playing football, I'm putting in the work, I'm working with Dortmund at the moment," he added. "They're really helping me figure out in which direction I need to be going in, where I need to improve, to be better if I'm really going to do this.
Sprinting superstar Usain Bolt was spotted DJ'ing at a Gold Coast club last night! pic.twitter.com/PpvbVZy0X7— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) April 11, 2018
"I'm not linked to Manchester United, hopefully in the future." Still very much a fan of the sport which made him a wealthy man, Bolt said he was looking forward to watching the Commonwealth Games 200 metres final, a distance at which he is still world record holder, later on Thursday. Although he only competed once at the quadrennial gathering of mainly former British colonies, Bolt said there had always been a reason for his absences and he viewed it as a "very important" event. He was also looking forward to catching up with former training partner Yohan Blake and ribbing him for failing to win the 100m but he had a succinct answer for one reporter who suggested Bolt would be back on the track at the Tokyo Olympics. "You are very wrong," he chuckled.
Borussia Dortmund hand Usain Bolt three-week trial after impressing in training https://t.co/Sl9xlI8ZEq— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) April 12, 2018