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Long distance running will be on display Sunday in the 2012 Olympics in London as the women’s marathon is set to take place. The physical and mental strength required to be successful in this event is without a doubt the key.
The marathon will start and finish at The Mall. The first leg is a 2.2 mile stretch that will go to the River Thames, continue south to the Houses of Parliament and returning to The Mall. Next they will head back to the river but head east on a eight mile loop that will be run a total of three times.
The winner of the marathon will be the first to cross the finish line. For the U.S., they have fielded arguably the deepest team in history. But since this event debuted back in 1984 only two Americans have made it to the podium.
Most notably in this event, the entire field is also probably the fastest. In the field, there have been seven who have broken the 2:20 mark but sadly none of them have been from the U.S.
Bovada Sportsbook has offered a venue to wager on this event in their Women’s Marathon Betting Odds. Mary Jepkosgei Keitany from Kenya, who is the reigning London marathon champ, has been tagged the betting favorite for Sunday’s marathon with odds set at 11/8. This means for every $1.00 wagered on her the payout is $1.38.
Following Keitany is Tiki Gelena from Ethiopia who has her odds set at 5/1. Lilya Shobukhova is at 7/1, Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) is at 8/1 and Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) is at 14/1 to round out the top five betting favorites.
It is very evident that the Ethiopians and Kenyans are highly favored in this event with Shobukhova from Russia being the only runner not from either of these two countries to be in the top seven betting favorites. Ethiopians Aselefech Mergia (16/1 odds) and Mare Dibaba (20/1) enter as the number six and seven betting favorites.
Sunday’s women’s marathon will take place at 11:00 am in London.