2016 Summer Olympics Betting- Breaking Down Men's Athletics

Olympics Athletics

Thursday, August 4, 2016 5:52 PM GMT

Olympic champions Usain Bolt, David Rudisha and Mo Farah are among the biggest draws at the 2016 Games. All three are favorites to add more gold to their impressive collections, but they will face fierce competition from some of the world’s greatest athletes.

Usain Bolt is the most famous sprinter in history and it will be fascinating to see him battle once more for 100m and 200m gold. He has to fend off the challenge of USA's Justin Gatlin and this looks set to be his biggest test, at the age of 29, seven years after setting the world record in both events. But Bolt is the man for the big occasions, with phenomenal mental strength, and that should see him cement his legacy in Rio de Janeiro.

While Gatlin is the man he must beat in the 100m, LaShawn Merritt is arguably his greatest threat in the 200m. American runner Merritt is a 400m specialist but is also very strong in the 200m and will give Bolt a run for his money. Again you would expect Bolt to be too good, however, with his superior stride carrying him to victory. But Merritt has a fantastic chance in the 400m. He won the event at the 2008 Games in Beijing but missed London through injury and is back with a point to prove. He is not the favorite betting pick – that honour goes to South Africa Wayde van Nierkerk – but Merritt has run the 400m quicker than anyone competing. He is the fifth fastest man in history over the distance and can roll back the years to win gold again. He is a great bet at +400.

Rudisha has had the 800m sewn up for many a year now. He holds the world record over this distance and has posted six of the eight fastest times in history. He is the Olympic champion and World Champion and should win this comfortably. The same goes for the most decorated athlete in British history, Mo Farah, who has a stranglehold on the 5,000m and 10,000m. He arrives in Rio as World Champion and Olympic champion in both events and is expected to add to his haul in Brazil.

Young Jamaican athlete Omar McLeod is expected to join the big time by winning the 110m hurdle, while over 400m the USA's Kerron Clement should reign supreme. It is the USA and Jamaica that will slog it out for the 4x100m relay. Jamaica is the gold medal holders and favourites to follow that up with another win in Rio. They boast the likes of Bolt and Yohann Blake, but face a really strong challenge from the US, with Gatlin and Trayvon Brommel in great form. The USA should have little trouble in winning the 4x400m relay.

Here are the betting odds for the leading men's events at the 2016 Games, with odds from Bovada as of August 4:

Men's 100m
Usain Bolt (JAM) -200
Justin Gatlin (USA) +165
Yohan Blake (JAM) +1150
Trayvon Bromell (USA) +1100
Andre De Grasse (CAN) +2200
Jimmy Vicaut (FRA) +2800
Marvin Bracy (USA) +5000
Nickel Ashmeade (JAM) +5000
Jaques Harvey (JAM) +6600
Keston Bledman (TTO) +8000
James Ellington (GBR) +10000

Men's 200m
Usain Bolt (JAM) -335
Justin Gatlin (USA) +310
LaShawn Merritt (USA) +750
Yohan Blake (JAM) +1400
Andre De Grasse (CAN) +2800
Ameer Webb (USA) +3300
Alonso Edward (PAN) +4000
Anaso Jobodwana (RSA) +5000
Nickel Ashmeade (JAM) +5000
Ramil Guliyev (AZE) +10000

Men's 400m
Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) -110
Kirani James (GRN) +165
LaShawn Merritt (USA) +400
Isaac Makwala (BOT) +2800
Luguelín Santos (DOM) +4000
Yousef Masrahi (KSA) +4000
Machel Cedenio (TTO) +5000
Steven Gardiner (BAH) +6600
David Verburg (USA) +6600
Lalonde Gordon (TTO) +8000
Rusheen McDonald (JAM) +8000
Javon Francis (JAM) +8000
Martyn Rooney (GBR) +8000
Rabah Yousif (GBR) +8000
Kevin Borlée (BEL) +8000
Pavel Maslák (CZE) +8000
Jonathan Borlée (BEL) +10000

Men's 800m
David Rudisha (KEN)-110
Adam Kszczot (POL)+600
Alfred Kipketer (KEN)+700
Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (KEN)+750
Nijel Amos (BOT)+750
Boris Berian (USA)+1200
Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (FRA)+1300
Amel Tuka (BIH)+1800
Mohammed Aman (ETH)+2000
Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla (QAT)+2000
Clayton Murphy (USA)+3300
Marcin Lewandowski (POL)+5000
Antoine Gakeme (BDI)+5000
Nader Belhanbel (MAR)+8000
Amine El Manaoui (MAR)+8000
Mark English (IRL)+10000

Men's 5,000m
Mo Farah (GBR) -350
Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) +700
Muktar Edris (ETH) +900
Caleb Ndiku (KEN) +900
Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH) +1000
Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) +1600
Yenew Alamirew (ETH) +2000
Edwin Soi (KEN) +3300
Isiah Koech (KEN) +3300
Galen Rupp (USA) +5000
Ali Kaya (TUR) +10000
Mohammed Ahmed (CAN) +10000
Ben True (USA) +10000
Ryan Hill (USA) +10000

Men's 10,000m
Mo Farah (GBR) -400
Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) +450
Muktar Edris (ETH) +1000
Paul Tanui (KEN) +1200
Bedan Karoki Muchiri (KEN) +1400
Galen Rupp (USA) +1800
Moniset Geremew (ETH) +3300
Imane Merga (ETH) +4000
Ali Kaya (TUR) +6600
Cameron Levins (CAN) +8000
Timothy Toroitich (UGA) +10000
Bashir Abdi (BEL) +10000

Men's 110m hurdle
Omar McLeod (JAM) -135
Orlando Ortega (ESP) +360
Devon Allen (USA) +700
Hansle Parchment (JAM) +750
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (FRA) +1400
Dimitri Bascou (FRA) +1150
Ronnie Ash (USA) +1600
Andrew Pozzi (GBR) +2800
Jeff Porter (USA) +2800
Deuce Carter (JAM) +3300
Wilhelm Belocian (FRA) +6600
Balázs Baji (HUN) +6600

Men's 4x100m relay
Jamaica -155
USA +115
Trinidad and Tobago +1400
Netherlands +1600
Great Britain +2200
Germany +4000
Canada +8000
Brazil +8000
Italy +10000
China +10000
Poland +12500

Men's 4x400m relay
USA -750
Trinidad and Tobago +800
Great Britain +1600
Jamaica +1600
Bahamas +2200
Botswana +2200
Belgium +2500
France +5000
Poland +5000
Dominican Republic +6600
Brazil +6600
Cuba +8000