Every four years the world becomes enamoured with the Summer Olympics and no event captured attention like the 100-meter dash. That will be no different this year when the world gathers in Rio de Janeiro and the globe watches, with baited breath, the most entertaining 10 seconds in sports.
Unsurprisingly Usain Bolt is the odds-on favorite to take the gold medal in the event in Rio. Bolt won the gold in Bejing (2008) and London (2012) while posting the only two times under 9.70 ever at the Olympic games. Though Bolt doesn’t run as many international races as his counterparts, the Jamaican has won every major 100M gold medal since he started running the event in 2008.
In order to win his third 100M Olympic gold medal, Bolt will need to top long time rival Justin Gatlin. The American-born sprinter has been consistently posting the fastest times in the world, as Gatlin has six of the top seven times in the 100M since the start of 2015.
Another runner to keep an eye on is Yohan Blake. The Jamaican finished second in the 100M dash at the London Olympics and is a training partner of Bolt’s. It’s also intriguing to note that at the age of 26, Blake represents one of the youngest competitors with Olympic experience in the field.
200 Meters Odds
Again, Bolt and Gatilin sit well above the rest of the pack in terms of odds to win the gold medal in the 200M event in Rio. Bolt has taken the past two gold medals at the Olympics in this event, and though Gatlin has just one bronze to his name in those games, he has recorded four of the six fastest times in the event last year.
Alonso Edward could be an intriguing prospective bet, as the Panamanian runner will certainly be looking to make up for his disappointing performance in London that saw him disqualified in the first round. Since then, Edward has seen a few down seasons, but has consistently been under the 20.00 threshold in 2015.