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Usain Bolt is definitely the rock star when it comes to the Olympics Track and field events. He dominated the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning gold in both the 100m and 200m events. But coming into these 2012 London Olympics, despite still being the favorite, he has certainly been pushed by teammate and friend Yohan Blake. It’s made for some excitement when it comes to the 100m and 200m events this time around.
Oddsmakers are jumping all over these events as well.
To no surprise, it’s Bolt who is favored to repeat his gold medal title from Beijing in both the 100m and 200m.
2012 Olympic Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Bolt as better than an even money favorite, going off at 7/10. But you can bet there were some heads that turned when his teammate Blake captured the 2011 world championship. And that title has made Blake one of the top contenders, second only to his Jamaican teammate. Blake is going off at 3/2 on the betting line to win gold in London in the 100m.
A pair of Americans appear to be the biggest threats to Bolt and Blake when it comes to the 100m for the title of the fastest man in the world.
That would be Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin. But when looking t the odds, they are well behind both Jamaican sprinters. Gay is going off at 10/1, while Gatlin is twice that at 20/1. So it’s clear oddsmakers do not see the gold medal leaving the country of Jamaica, but it’s a matter of which athlete will leave with it.
In the 200m, Bolt is set as a 4/7 favorite, while Blake is going off at 13/8. It’s a different American sprinter in Wallace Spearmon Jr who is their biggest challenger, but still set back at a distant 12/1.
It should definitely be fun to watch both of the events, arguably the fastest 10 and 20 seconds in all of sports.
Check out these betting odds and the rest of the track events below as seen on Bovada.