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Summer Olympics 2016: Predicting the Winners in the 100m

Rio 2016: Track and Field 100mThe highlight of the track and field schedule at Rio 2016 is the 100-meter races. The men’s race garners more attention than the women’s race, but both events have betting markets available at online betting websites.

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Olympics 100m men’s odds and predictions

Dates: Saturday, August 13th 2016 (Prelims) – Sunday, August 14th 2016 (Finals)

Betting Odds: Usain Bolt (-210), Justin Gatlin (+185), Yohan Blake (+1400), Trayvon Bromell (+1400), Andre De Grasse (+2200), Jimmy Vicaut (+2800), Marvin Bracy (+5000), Nickel Ashmeade (+5000), Jaques Harvey (+6600), Keston Bledman (+8000) and James Ellington (+10000)

At nearly 2/1 odds, Justin Gatlin (USA) is my best bet to win the gold medal in the men’s 100m. The American is in great form and he has posted the two fastest times in the 100m this year. Gatlin ran a 9.83 and 9.80 on July 3rd in Oregon. At 34 years of age, this will be the last opportunity for the American sprinter to win his second career gold medal.

Most of the bets have been on Usain Bolt (JAM), but there are reasons to be concerned. Bolt has a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action recently. Bolt only has one of the ten fastest times this year (9.88 Seconds / Rank #6). He’ll also have a full plate in Rio de Janeiro, as he’s competing in the 200m and 4x100m relay events as well.

While upsets are rare, anything can happen with Bolt hampered by his hamstring injury. Yohan Blake (JAM) became a household name when he won the silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the 2012 Summer Olympics. However, he had to deal with injuries in 2013/2014 and he hasn’t looked the same since. I don’t expect Blake to be on the podium.

Trayvon Bromell (USA) is an outsider with value. The 21-year-old is competing in his first Olympics, but if he can shake the nerves, he’ll contend. Bromell won the bronze medal at last year’s World Championships in Beijing. He also has the third fastest time this year (9.84) in the 100m.

I’m betting on Gatlin (+185) at Bovada now, but you could wait and potentially get a better price. There’s still qualifying and if Bolt looks fast in qualifying, the bookies are likely to shorten his price further. Gatlin has said he’s coming to Rio to win gold and he won’t get a better chance, as Bolt won’t be running at 100%.

Olympics 100m women’s odds and predictions

Dates: Friday, August 12th 2016 (Prelims) – Saturday, August 13th 2016 (Finals)

Betting Odds: Dafne Schippers (+155), Elaine Thompson (+230), Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce (+425), Tori Bowie (+450), English Gardner (+550), Tianna Bartoletta (+1600), Murielle Ahoure (+1800), Blessing Okagbare (+4000) and Kelly-Ann Baptiste (+12500)

This event is wide open and extremely tough to predict. Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) has been dominating the 100m for close to a decade. She won gold at the last two Summer Olympics in the 100m. Fraser-Pryce also won the 100m at the World Championships in 2013 and 2015, but she has been slowed down by a toe injury this year.

Dafne Schippers (NED) is favored to win the gold medal, but her price is too short. Schippers won silver at the Worlds in Beijing last year, but she’s better at the 200m and I expect her to focus harder on the 200m.

Elaine Thompson (JAM) has the fastest 100m time in 2016 (10.70). While Thompson is a better bet than Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican was held out of the 100m at the 2015 Worlds to focus on the 200m and I don’t expect her to finish on the podium in this event. Thompson is inexperienced and still hasn’t earned a podium in the 100m in her young career.

That leaves us with the two American youngsters Tori Bowie (USA) and English Gardner (USA). Both will be competing in their first Olympics. Bowie is coming off a bronze medal performance at the 2015 Worlds and she has a fastest time of 10.78 in 2016 (Rank #3). I expect Bowie to finish on the podium, but Gardner is my prediction to win.

Gardner could surprise a lot of people in the Olympics 100-meter track and field event. The American has the second fastest time this year (10.74). Her 10.74 time was a career best for the 24-year-old. Gardner doesn’t have a podium finish in the 100m yet in her career, but she’s sprinting better than she ever has.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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