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It probably helps to have the top-two fastest men in the world when you have a relay. That is exactly the case for Jamaica when it comes to the men’s 4x100m relay that will be held on Friday this week in London at the 2012 Olympics.
Usain Bolt defended his gold medal title in the 100m from Beijing, making him just the second ever in history to do that. And by the time that this relay takes place, we will know whether or not he will have also defended his 200m gold from 2008. If he does, he would be the first in history to defend both titles.
The biggest threat to that though is his teammate Yohan Blake, who was the silver medal winner in the 100m on Sunday night.
Blake also defeated Bolt in the 200m at the 2011 World championships, so yes, he is a legitimate threat.
But these two are going to be on the same team when it comes to the 4x100m relay later this week on Friday, for which Jamaica is a huge favorite to win the gold medal over the United States. Typically, the United States are the favorites in most relays on the track, but not this one.
2012 Olympics Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Bolt, Blake and the rest of the Jamaican team as 4/11 favorites on the betting line. The United States come in as the second overall favorites at 12/5, which is just over a 2/1 payout. So we can certainly see the disparity in the two between Jamaica and the United States.
The United States’ Justin Gatlin got the bronze medal in the 100m sprint, while Tyson Gay came up fourth. So there are definitely some legitimate challengers. But oddsmakers just don’t see enough power from Team USA to upset the Jamaican squad.
Check out the betting odds for this race, as well as the rest of the races throughout the course of the week for Track at the 2012 Olympics below as seen on Bovada.