Usain Bolt Aims To Bring His Haul Of Gold Medals From Six To Nine At 2016 Summer Olympics

Usain Bolt

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 2:58 PM GMT

Usain Bolt is the most famous star in the history of athletics and he is putting his body and his legacy on the line one last time at the 2016 Games in Rio. He will be competing in the 100m and 200m events and will have to withstand fierce pressure from American Justin Gatlin.

Usain Bolt
Some predicted the legendary Jamaican sprinter would retire after the 2012 Games, where pundits expected him to lose to younger compatriot Yohann Blake. Bolt made them look foolish by storming to victory in both the 100m and 200m finals, ahead of Blake, with a time of 9.63 seconds in the 100m and a brilliant 19.32 seconds in the 200m. A new challenger has since emerged in Gatlin, twice banned for doping and back with a point to prove, and Bolt was once more written off ahead of the 2015 World Championships. But Bolt beat Gatlin in both events and is entering the fray once more, at the age of 29, seven years after he set the world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100m and 19.19 seconds in the 200m at the World Championships in Berlin.

He is past his very best, but he is still a phenomenal competitor and he would not be entering these events at Rio if he did not think he had a great chance of winning. Every time he has been written off he has proved his doubters wrong. He has a great mental fortitude and is set to do his country proud once more at the 2016 Games.

He will also team up with the likes of Blake and Nickel Ashmeade for the 4x100m relay, aiming to bring his haul of gold medals up from six to nine and cement his status as the greatest sprinter of all time. That looks to be the hardest of the lot as Jamaica, the reigning champions in the event, are not as strong as they once were and the US team is looking formidable, with Gatlin and Trayvon Brommel in the ranks.

The most likely win for him, for you to consider your betting picks, is in the 200m. That has always been his best event, despite his dominance over 100m, thanks to his long legs and tall frame that sees him tower over rivals like Gatlin and Blake. But he should still also be good for the 100m title as he is just such a fantastic competitor and will not let the pressure get to him, an issue that has befallen Gatlin before.

 

Here are the betting odds on all three events Bolt is set to compete in, with odds up to date at Bovada as of August 3:

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 4x100m relay
USA -750
Trinidad and Tobago +800
Great Britian +1600
Jamaica +1600
Bahamas +2200
Botswana +2200
Belgium +2500
France +5000
Poland +5000
Dominican Republic +6600
Brazil +6600
Cuba +8000

 

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