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When it comes to the track and field portion of the 2012 Olympics there is one name that stands out above the rest. That would be Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who captured gold in the 2008 Beijing games in the 100m and 200m. But in these 2012 games, there has emerged a new rival threatening to take the crown from the fastest man in the world.
Bolt shouldn’t have to look too far to find him, they train together.
That would be Yohan Blake, the winner of the 2011 World Championships 100m and 200m, in which Blake beat Bolt in both.
So who wins head to head? Well if you ask them they will probably say themselves. But fortunately for you, oddsmakers have jumped in on the action.
Bolt vs Blake head to head betting odds for the 2012 Olympics have been established at Bovada Sportsbook for both the 100m and 200m events. And then there is another betting line which asks whether or not Bolt will win both events.
To begin with, Bolt is the favorite to win gold in both the 100m and 200 sprints. But it’s not by very much. Let’s look at the 100m head to heads odds though.
Bolt is set as a -175 favorite on the betting line to finish ahead of blake, which doesn’t necessarily mean a gold medal. But let’s be honest, these two are heavily favored to take home the gold and silver. Blake comes in on the other side of the betting line going off at +135 on the payout.
In the 200m sprint, Bolt is an even bigger favorite to finish ahead of Blake, despite Blake also winning this event at the 2011 World championships. Bolt is going off at -225 on the betting line, while Blake again in the role of the underdog has been set at +170.
Then we get to the betting line of Bolt winning gold in both. Despite being favored in both races, oddsmakers couldn’t find it enough to set him as a favorite to capture both together. In fact, the odds that he will not win both the 100m and 200m sprint in London is set at -150. The odds that he will come in on the other side of the payout at +110.
Regardless of how these events unfold, it will be quite entertaining to watch these two favorites put it all on the line.
Check out these head to head betting odds, and more Olympics match up below as seen on Bovada.