Women's Olympic Athletics Offer Plenty Of Intriguing Betting Picks

Fraser Pryce

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 3:46 PM GMT

The women’s athletics draw is packed with star names. There has been a lot of controversy during the countdown to the Rio Games as Russia have faced doping bans and stars have vowed to stay away in fear of the Zika virus. But that has hit other sports more than athletics, and the lineup for key events is looking extremely strong.

The biggest draw is always going to be the 100m final and while Bolt and Gatlin battle it out in the men’s race, the women’s event looks far more open and certainly offers more value to the player. Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers heads the betting odds after she moved top of the women’s 100m standings with a dominant victory in the Diamond League meet in Monaco a few weeks ago. 

But you would be better off backing a woman who didn’t feature in the Diamond League race, second favorite betting pick Elaine Thompson, or her Jamaican compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. They are the two fastest runners in the race, having both posted personal best times of 10.70 seconds, leaving them joint fourth in the list of fastest women in history, with only retired women ahead of them. That is considerably quicker than Schippers’ best ever time of 10.81. 

Fraser-Pryce is the female equivalent of Bolt, a two-time defending Olympic champion who also won the World Championships in 2015 – an identical history to Bolt’s. But while she posted her 10.70 back in 2012, Thompson’s came this year. While Schippers was winning in Monaco in 10.91, Thompson posted the 10.70 in July this year, and she would most likely have beaten Schippers had she competed. So that makes the +235 5Dimes is offering on Thompson to win it extremely compelling. That has to be the top tip in women’s athletics as it is a great price on an athlete at the top of her game. Her most likely competitor is likely to be Fraser-Pryce, not Schippers, and you can get +500 on her, so you could back both of them and still cash in if either claims it.

Where Schippers should come into her own is the 200m. At 1.79m she is considerably taller than Thompson (1.68m) and Fraser-Pryce (1.52m) and those longer legs will tell along the great distance. The other two are more explosive and powerful, whereas Schippers is gazelle-like and should win the 200m comfortably. She is the third fastest female 200m runner in history, again with just retired Flo-Jo and Marion Jones ahead of her, and should dominate this race. You could hedge your bets with a small stake on Thompson.

World champion 400m runner Allyson Felix should win that event and is a very attractive price at +115 at 5Dimes. The US women should also win the 400m relay, with Felix driving them in that event, and that is best priced at -187.5 with PaddyPower. Jamaica are in a great position to win the 4x100m relay, however, with Fraser-Pryce and Thompson in the team.

Look no further than Caster Semenya for the 800m, although she is a very low price and it may not be worth backing her. Faith Kipyegon is favorite for the 1,500m, but a better bet looks to be Genzebe Dibaba at +120 at 5Dimes. Ethiopian runner Almaz Ayana is the female equivalent of Mo Farah and should win the 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals comfortably, with the 10,000m offering a better price of -320 at 5Dimes. America’s Brianna Rollins is in a league of her own in the 100m hurdles and should win that with relative ease, although her -250 odds aren’t that attractive. 

In the heptathlon it is a battle of the double-barrelled surnames as favorite and defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill leads the betting ahead of Canadian Brianne Theison-Eaton, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Laura Ikauniece-Admidina . Many are tipping Theison-Eaton after a strong season, but Ennis-Hill won the World Championships in 2015 after giving birth the previous year, showing what a supreme and dedicated athlete she is, so she has to be the pick for the heptathlon, although hedging your bets with a small stake on Theison-Eaton wouldn’t hurt.

 

2016 Summer Olympic: Women's 10000 Meter Winner at Bovada
Almaz Ayana -400
Alice Aprot +950
Molly Huddle +5000
Jip Vastenburg +10000
Tirunesh Dibaba +225
Gelete Burka +1400
Emily Infeld +5000
Marielle Hall +10000
Vivian Cheruiyot +650
Betsy Saina +2800
Susan Kuijken +10000
Kate Avery +15000

 

2016 Summer Olympic: Women's 100m Hurdles Women Winner at Bovada
Brianna Rollins -250
Cindy Roleder +1250
Tiffany Ofili Porter +4000
Phylicia George +6600
Isabelle Pederson +10000
Nia Ali +450
Alina Talay +2200
Cindy Billaud +5000
Cindy Ofili +6600
Anne Zagree +8000
Kristi Castilin +600
Jasmine Camachi-Qui +2800
Susanna Kallur +5000
Shermaine Williams +10000

 

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