Bolt enters space race in zero gravity sprint

Usain Bolt racing 'in space'

This handout photo released by Mumm/Novespace on September 13, 2018 shows Jamaican retired sprinter Usain Bolt (C), French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle (R) and French former astronaut Jean-François Clervoy (L) gesturing in zero-gravity conditions in an aircraft on September 12, 2018 above Reims during a promotional event for the Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar champagne designed to be drank by space tourists using a bottle adapted to pour the bubbly liquid in zero gravity conditions. 

MUMM / Novespace / AFP

PARIS, France - Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt was back on the starting line Thursday -- but found it a challenge to stay on his feet in zero gravity conditions aboard an aeroplane.

The 32-year-old briefly broke off from his pursuit of a professional football career with Australia's Central Coast Mariners to travel to France for the event.

Dressed in a spacesuit, Bolt was aboard a zero-gravity Airbus as part of an event sponsored by a champagne brand.

The plane performed a series of parabolas as Bolt and two other guests experienced a phase of weightlessness for 22 seconds, time for a race to be staged within the cabin.

The eight-time Olympic champion and 100m and 200m world record holder called time on his athletics career last year.