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There is no question that some of the most exciting events at the Olympics come in the short distances ran by track stars from around the world. And one of those events is the men’s 110m hurdles, in which the racers have the added element of jumping over several sets of hurdles en route to trying to win the race.
And when it comes to the 110m hurdles event at the 2012 london Olympics, there is an American at the top of the list of favorites to get the gold medal.
That would be Aries Merritt. Merritt is the world indoor champion in the 60m hurdles, with oddsmakers believing he will take that to the outdoors and win at the highest level. But by no means is Merit a sure thing when it comes to the gold medal.
For one thing, the nature of the hurdles dictates that there are no sure things. One tiny error in gauging how high to ump could put you from first to last in the blink of an eye. One slight miscalculation. It’s not just about running fast, it’s about having the best technique in the world.
Merritt is going off at 5/4 on the 110m hurdles odds available at Bovada Sportsbook to win the gold medal in London, with Liu Xiang of China coming in just behind at 3/2 on the odds to win gold. But it is clear that both Merritt and Xiang are the top-two favorites.
It’s another American who rounds out the top-three contenders, in Jason Richardson. But richardson is set back at 13/2 on the betting line, so you can certainly see the separation on the betting line between the top-two contenders and the rest of the field.
It was Merritt’s time at the 2012 Olympic trials in Oregon which caught the attention to the world, setting him atop the list of favorites. Merritt raced the 110m hurdles in a blazing time of 12.93 seconds.
Merritt and Xiang are familiar with each other, as it was Xiang who Merritt beat to win the 60m hurdles indoor world championship title.
Check out the rest of the betting odds to win the 110m hurdles below as seen on Bovada, as well as the rest of the track betting lines formed for the Olympics.