Men and women who switched sports

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Olympic champion Usain Bolt is set to play his first match for Australian football club Central Coast Mariners on Friday.

The world’s fastest man, who has been training with the team in a bid to secure a professional contract, will play on the left wing in a friendly match against an amateur side.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at sports stars who have changed sports – with varying degrees of success.

Ivan Perisic – football to beach volleyball

Russia Soccer WCup France Croatia
Croatia’s Ivan Perisic tried his hand at beach volleyball (AP)

Sonny Bill Williams – rugby to boxing

Wales v New Zealand – Autumn International – Principality Stadium
New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams packs a punch (David Davies/PA)

Michael Jordan – basketball to baseball

RYDER CUP/Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan tried his hand at baseball (Rebecca Naden/PA)

Victoria Pendleton – cycling to horse racing

Hursley Hambledon Point-to-Point – Larkhill Racecourse
Victoria Pendleton swapped bikes for horses (Steve Parsons/PA)

Dame Sarah Storey – swimming to cycling

HSBC UK National Road Championships Time Trial – Northumberland
Dame Sarah Storey switched sports effortlessly (Richard Sellers/PA)

Rebecca Romero – rowing to cycling

Olympic pair in tandem record bid
Rebecca Romero was an Olympic medallist in two sports (Barry Batchelor/PA)

Paolo Maldini – football to tennis

Soccer – UEFA Super Cup – Arsenal v AC Milan – Highbury Stadium
Paolo Maldini, left, was not a success as a veteran tennis professional (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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