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Usain Bolt Injured in Charity Soccer Match, World Team Loses to England

Posted : 10 June 2024

During a charity match held at London's Stamford Bridge Stadium for UNICEF, Usain Bolt, the renowned eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 100 meters (9.58 seconds) and 200 meters (19.19 seconds), suffered a torn Achilles tendon while playing soccer.


Bolt, who captained the world team, sustained the injury during the match against a team of former England players. Robbie Keane, who recently parted ways with Maccabi Tel Aviv, coached the world team and also played as a substitute.


The 37-year-old Jamaican, a passionate football fan and a former aspiring professional player, confirmed the news of his injury on social media following the charity match's conclusion. Playing with the number 9.58 on his shirt as a tribute to his 100 meters world record, Bolt was injured in the second half while attempting to prevent a goal by former striker Jermain Defoe, eventually leaving the field on a stretcher. Before his injury, Bolt even shared the field with Juventus legend Alexandro del Piero.


The charity match, which featured England's former players wearing their Euro 1996 kit, ended with a 6-3 victory for the English team. Goals from Joe Cole, Alan White, Steven Bartlett (twice), Defoe, and Theo Walcott secured the win. The world team, which also included stars like Aden Hazar and Olympic marathoner Mo Farah, was coached by Mauricio Pochettino and Robbie Keane. The event reportedly raised over £15 million for charity.


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