The 100m sprint features prominently on the 2016 Rio Olympics betting board with Usain Bolt sat lotus atop the dashing market. Can anyone derail Bolt from what appears to be a sure gold medal?
The 100m dash is one of the main attractions of the 2016 Rio Olympics. All of 10 seconds (at best), it manages to capture the imagination of the sports betting world solely down to its star, Usain Bolt. The Jamaican is an absolute revelation in the sport, a household name around the globe he's one of the most recognised athletes competing at the Olympics this year.
Bolt's personal best is a litany of records, which are as follows:
100 m: 9.58 WR (Berlin 2009)
150 m: 14.35 WB  (Manchester 2009)
[this is not an official world record because the international athletics body doesn't recognise the distance.]
200 m: 19.19 WR (Berlin 2009)
300 m: 30.97 (Ostrava 2010)
400 m: 45.28 (Kingston 2007)
At the Olympics, Bolt has won six gold medals (total medal count), which includes two in 100m, two in 200m and two in the 4x 100m relay over the course of two Olympics. At the World Championship level, Bolt has 11 gold medals and two silvers.
Predictably, Bolt is the runaway favourite to win a gold medal in the 100m dash, priced at -225 at Bovada. In his two previous appearances at the games, he posted record times under 9.70 in each. Many sports bettors are wondering whether he might best that time when he lines-up for the race.
Of course, Bolt is sure to get a run for his money as your betting pick. Long-time rival Justin Gatlin has been a standout performer at the World Championships where he's repeatedly posted the fastest times in this event (six of the seven top times, to be exact). Though the American is yet to transcend the Olympics where Bolt dominates, it doesn't mean he might not do it this time around. At +200 he's a tempting second best bet to beat out Bolt, stunning though the feat will be, make no mistake.
Third best bet according to the market is Yohan Blake, but he's backed out to a whopping +1400 sports betting odds to triumph. It's not often that the third best bet is priced so far out – talk about the quintessential long shot bet. That said, there are those that fancy the Jamaican, who trains with Bolt and finished with a silver at the 2012 London Olympics in the 100m sprint.
The rest of the field stacks up rather unconvincingly with quadruple digit prices that are off the charts. Should nny of those win –or podium for that matter – it would be a shocker and send seismic shock waves through sports betting markets the world over.
2016 Summer Olympics: Men's 100 Meter Winner
Usain Bolt -225
Justin Gatlin +200
Yohan Blake +1400
Trayvon Bromell +2000
Tyson Gay +2000
Andre de Grasse +2200
Asafa Powell +3300
Mike Rodgers +5000
Femi Ogunode +6600
Jimmy Vicaut +6600
Keston Bledman +6600
Bingtian Su +8000
Chrisophe Lemaitre +10000
Nickel Ashmeade +10000
Chijindu Ujah +15000