Olympic Track and Field Odds

Track and field is the Olympic sport in which you can win or lose your money the fastest. We’ve all been in running races when we were kids, but these men and women are fast enough to run for a living. They call the Kentucky Derby the “fastest two minutes in sports”, so I suppose you could call the men’s 100m the fastest ten seconds in sports. Talk about exhilarating.

Headlined by Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt, the sprints are sure to be highly watched events. Bolt is looking to become the first man to ever win three straight Olympic gold medals in the 100m, but at age 29, he isn’t likely to best the Olympic Record time of 9.63 he set in 2012. He’s also looking to become the first man to win three straight golds in the 200m.

His biggest competition in both races is American Justin Gatlin. Gatlin is most well known for the four-year doping ban he received in 2006, just two years after winning the 100m gold in the 2004 Olympic Games. Despite being 34-years-old, Gatlin lost to Bolt by just one-hundredth of a second at the World Championships last year.

Bolt’s Jamaican country-mate Yohan Blake could be a smart bet in either the 100m or 200m races, listed at 15/1 in each. Blake took home the silver in each event at the 2012 Olympics, but dealt with injuries over the past few years. Considering the small margin of error in these races, Blake has the ability to capitalize if Bolt or Gatlin falter at the starting line.

MEN’S 100M

Athlete Odds
Usain BOLT 4/7
Justin GATLIN 7/4
Yohan BLAKE 15/1
Trayvon BROMELL 15/1
Andre De GRASSE 20/1
Jimmy VICAUT 40/1
FIELD (all others) 15/1

MEN’S 200M

Athlete Odds
Usain BOLT 2/5
Justin GATLIN 7/2
LaShawn MERRITT 8/1
Yohan BLAKE 15/1
Andre De GRASSE 30/1
Alonso EDWARD 50/1
Ameer WEBB 50/1
FIELD 12/1

The 4x100m relay is a little more complex for a couple of reasons. First, there are a handful of different ways teams can be disqualified, which is far less likely to happen in the individual events. In 2012, team Canada had finished 3rd, but was disqualifed for a lane boundary infraction. Perhaps more important is the chance of a botched baton hand-off, which could cost a team valuable time.

Not surprisingly, team Jamaica has the best odds at 5/8. With Bolt and Blake on their team and former Olympic gold medalist Asafa Powell possibly joining them, the Jamaicans will be tough to beat. Team USA is headlined by Gatlin and Trayvon Bromell, who has the 4th best odds to win the 100m.

MEN’S 4x100M

Country Odds
USA 3/2
CHINA 60/1

The women’s races are certainly more up for grabs. Five women have less than 10/1 odds in both the 100m and 200m, while the men have five in both races combined. Hailing from the Netherlands, Dafne Schippers is the favorite to win both races. She won the 200m at the World Championships last year, but lost the 100m race to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Fraser-Pryce, like her fellow Jamaican, Bolt, is looking to become the first female to win three straight Olympic golds in the 100m.

Elaine Thompson is vying to become the next great women’s sprinter from Jamaica, taking the crown from Fraser-Pryce. Five years younger, Thompson is competing in her first Olympics and currently holds the best time in the 100m this year at 10.70 seconds.

The best American sprinter is Tori Bowie, who has the 4th best odds in the 100m and 3rd best in the 200m. She currently holds the 2nd best time this year in the 200m, behind Schippers.


Athlete Odds
Elaine THOMPSON 5/2
Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCE 5/1
Tori BOWIE 11/2
English GARDNER 7/1
Marie-Josee TA LOU 20/1
Tianna BARTOLETTA 20/1
Murielle AHOURE 25/1
Blessing OKAGBARE 50/1
FIELD (all others) 100/1


Athlete Odds
Elaine THOMPSON 7/2
Tori BOWIE 5/1
Murielle AHOURE 50/1
Marie-Josee TA LOU 100/1
Veronica CAMPBELL-BROWN 100/1
Jenna PRANDINI 100/1
Deajah STEVENS 100/1
FIELD (all others) 20/1

The women’s 4x100m will also likely be a two country battle between Jamaica and America. With Fraser-Pryce, Thompson, and Veronica Campbell-Brown as three of their four, Jamaica is the clear favorite. Team USA will likely feature Bowie, English Gardner, and Tianna Bartoletta, who are listed at 4th, 5th, and 7th on the 100m odds list.

WOMEN’S 4x100M

Country Odds
USA 5/4
GHANA 100/1
CANADA 100/1
FIELD (all others) 20/1

The 100m finals will be held on Saturday the 13th (women) and Sunday the 14th (men), the 200m finals will be on Wednesday the 17th (women) and Thursday the 18th (men), and the 4x100m finals will both be held on Friday the 19th.

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