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2016 Summer Olympics—Who is the Fastest Woman in the World?


In an Event Settled By Hundredths of a Second, Value to Be Found in Underdogs

One of the fastest settled bets in Sports Gambling, the 100 Meter Dash is a blur of a bet, settled by tenths or even hundredths of a second sometimes, and the biggest 100m and 200m Dashes for the Men’s and Women’s events in the Olympic Games. And this year at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt is the prohibitive favorite (again) in both the Men’s 100m (-175 to win 100m, Betfred) and the 200m (-275, Sportingbet) events, but over in the Women’s portion of the Track and Field events at Olympic Stadium (Estádio Olímpico João Havelange) in Rio de Janeiro, there may be two decent sprint events worth taking a shot on this coming week, with the Women’s 200m scheduled for Wednesday and the Women’s 100m set for Thursday where, like Bolt in the Men’s 100m and 200m, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands is actually the odds favorite in both events.

We will analyze both races and the potential participants below, but let’s first take a look at the fresh odds in both of the events as well as the 10 fastest (Outdoor) times in the world this calendar year in this prestigious event. Here are the updated Futures Book odds for the Women’s 100 meters and 200 meters in Track & Field at these Games of the XXXI Olympiad:

Women’s 100m Dash Olympic Gold Medal Winner Odds (Best current odds, Aug. 12)

Dafne Schippers +187 (NED) (Bet365)

Elaine Thompson +250 (JAM) (Almost everywhere)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce +600 (JAM) (Betstars, Boylesports, Ladbrokes, Bwin)

Torie Bowie +700 (USA) (Betstars)

English Gardner +1,100 (USA) (Betstars)

Marie-Josée Ta Lou +2,200 (CIV) (Boylesports)

Tianna Bartoletta +4,000 (USA) (Bet365)

Murielle Ahouré +5,000 (CIV) (Boylesports)

Blessing Okagbare +6,600 (NGR) (Betstars, Coral)

Michelle-Lee Ahye +6,600 (TTO) (Almost everywhere)

Natasha Morrison +10.000 (JAM) (Boylesports, Betfred, Paddy Power, Coral, Betfair)

Veronica Campbell-Brown +10,000 (JAM) (Paddy Power, Coral, Betfair)

Desiree Henry +15,000 (GBR) (Bet365)

Christania Williams +15,000 (JAM) (Stan James, Coral)

>Women’s Gold Medal Race: Thursday, August 18

Women’s 200m Dash Olympic Gold Medal Winner Odds (Best current odds, Aug. 12)

Dafne Schippers -187 (NED) (Betfair Exchange)

Elaine Thompson +350 (JAM) (Bet365)

Tori Bowie +700 (USA) (Bwin)

Shaunae Miller +2,500 (BAH) (Bet365)

Dina Asher-Smith +5,000 (GBR) (Betfred, Coral)

Murielle Ahouré +6,600 (CIV) (SkyBet, Coral)

Blessing Okagbare +6,600 (NGR) (Boylesports, Coral)

Candyce McGrone +6,600 (USA) (Coral)

Jenna Prandini +10,000/1 (USA) (Almost everywhere)

Marie-Josée Ta Lou +10,000 (CIV) (Sportingbet)

Veronica Campbell-Brown +10.000 (JAM) (Betfred, Paddy Power, Stan James,Coral)

Deajah Stevens +10,000 (USA) (Bet365, Boylesports)

Lea Sprunger +10,000 (SUI) (Coral)

>Women’s Gold Medal Race: Wednesday, August 17

10 Fastest Women’s 100 Meters Times in 2016 (IAAF)

1—Elaine Thompson (JAM) 10.70

2—English Gardner (USA) 10.74

3—Murielle Ahouré (JAM) 10.78

3—Tianna Bartoletta (USA) 10.78

3—Tori Bowie (USA) 10.78 (Eugene, OR)

3—Tori Bowie (USA) 10.78 (Doha)

3—English Gardner (USA) 10.81

6—Dafne Schippers (NED) 10.83

6—Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 10.83

6—Elaine Thompson (JAM) 10.83

10 Fastest Women’s 200 Meters Times in 2016 (IAAF)

1—Dafne Schippers (NED) 21.93

2—Tori Bowie (USA) 21.99

3—Dafne Schippers (NED) 22.02

4—Shaunae Miller (BAH) 22.05

5—Dafne Schippers (NED) 22.11

6—Dafne Schippers (NED) 22.13

7—Elaine Thompson (JAM) 22.16

8—Arianna Washington (USA) 22.21

9—Dafne Schippers (NED) 22.25

9—Deajah Stevens (USA) 22.25

Dafne Schippers Will be Hard to Beat in 200m But 100m Has Value, Should Be Tight

In the Women’s 200m Dash, 24-year-old Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands is the clear favorite to win the Gold Medal in the event (-187 to win 200m Gold Medal, Betfair Exchange) on Wednesday, and looking at film at the current European champion reveals an incredibly technically sound runner in the event, much like Bolt using her arms to generate an almost robotic power while keeping her torso from bouncing minimally and then generating a massive leg-kick down the last 100 meters and then usually powering past or often further ahead of the race’s other sprinters and through the finish line with some solid closing strength, often missing in others in the races. And the numbers reveal this probable reality—that Schippers will be very hard to beat in the 200m—so backing the Dutch speedster in the 200m is the only look after this handicap.

But over in the Women’s 100m on Thursday, there is some gambling to be done and perceived value to be looked at here. With Schippers (+187 to win 100m Gold Medal, Bet365)—the current European record-holder at 21.53 seconds—possibly tired from running the 200m the night before, and so much talent in this race including Jamaican sensation Elaine Thompson (+350 to win Gold Medal, Bet365)—who has the best Time in this Race this calendar year at 10.70 seconds—this one is worth a deeper dive and realistically six women might be able to win this event, including Thompson’s countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (+600 to win Gold Medal, Ladbrokes) and American Tori Bowie (+700 to win Gold Medal, Bwin), who recorded two 10.78 100m times this year (Eugene, Oregon and Doha, Qatar) the third-fastest mark in 2016.

But the gamble and real perceived value here in my mind on American English Gardner (+1,100 to win 100m Gold Medal, Betstars), who has actually registered the second-fastest time this calendar year, blazing to a (wind-aided) 10.74 in Eugene, Oregon on July 3 in the US Olympic Track and Field Finals at Hayward Field—just 0.04 seconds of Thompson’s fastest time this year. The former University of Oregon star and Philadelphia native barely defeated Tianna Bartoletta (10.776) with Tori Bowie (10.779) finish in 3rd place to all ake the USA Olympics Track and Field team. The 10.74 (Outdoors) mark by Gardner in Eugene in July ranks in the Top 10 speeds ever (7th) at 100 meters. So she is hot and in the right place at the right time.

And this should be a very close race with a perceived “upset” likely, with chalk Schippers possibly a bit worn down and nervous after potentially getting the Gold in the 200m the night before, with talents Thompson (+250 to win Gold Medal in 100m, Bet365), Fraser-Pryce (+600 to win Gold Medal in 100m, Ladbrokes), Bowie (+700 to win Gold Medal in 100m, Betstars) and Ivory Coast natives Murielle Ahouré (+5,000 to win Gold Medal in 100m, Betstars) and Marie-Josée Ta Lou (+2,200 to win Gold Medal in 100m, Boylesports) both also possible race Long-shots to be near the finish line in this sprint.

Two-thousand and fifteen World Champion Schipper holds the European World Record in the event, posting a 21.63 at this distance, but the 24-year-old former Heptathlete and Utrecht native will be tested by Field—her fastest (outdoor) 100m Time in 2016 in 10.83—the same as second odds-favorite Campbell-Brown—and is more likely to earn a Gold Medal in the Women’s 200m where she has been the prohibitive favorite. Ahouré has the 3rd-fastest Time this year (10.78) along with Bartoletta (10.78) and Bowie (10.78) also having that speed be their fastest 100m this year. With Schippers the odds favorite and so many potential 100m finalists capable of actually winning on Thursday, the Women’s 100m Dash looks like a good market in which to take a shot on a technical underdog like the speedy Gardner to win the Gold Medal in Rio de Janeiro.


2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL WOMEN’s 100m PICK: English Gardner (USA) +1,100 (Betstars)

2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL WOMEN’s 200m PICK: Dafne Schippers (NED) -187 (Betfair Exchange)