Rio 2016 Betting Tips
Track & Field
Ever since the final event in the London 2012 games ended, one thing has been lurking in every athlete’s mind: the 2016 olympics in Rio. Four years have flown by and suddenly the 2016 games are just around the corner.
Two World Championships have been held since the games in London. New talents have been discovered, reigning champions have defended their titles while others have lost them to new up and coming stars.
Superstars Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, both seem to be unbeatable on the track. Will this be the games where they once again celebrate with their iconic celebrations, or will someone knock them off their thrones?
Below we break down the our favourite Rio 2016 Betting Tips from the Track & Field events.
The sprint events & “The main event”
The ultimate sporting event, the 100 Metres, is this year expected to be a battle between Gatlin and Bolt. Ever since the Beijing games were held in 2008, the face of Track & Field and undisputed number one, Usain Bolt, has dominated and proven time after time that he is the fastest man in the world.
The Jamaican had a scare when he suffered a minor injury a few weeks ago. However he was back on track when and won the 200m at the London Diamond League event recently.
Despite finishing in 19.89 seconds, Bolt said his main goal was to finish the race injury free and added that he just may be in the best shape in his career. If the Jamaican can avoid an injury during the games, the chances are good that he will cross the finish line first in both the 100 Meter and the 200 Meter events. His toughest opponents are the Americans Gatlin and Bromwell, who have both had a better ‘season best’ than him.
For the 200 Meters the toughest contestants are the american trio with Gatlin, Webb and none other than Lashawn Merritt. The latter also joining in on what is expected to be a thriller between Van Niekerk, Kirani James and himself when the three of them battle for the gold in the 400 Metres.
The Dutch revelation
The men are not the only ones competing in the Olympics. One of the most impressive athletes in the women’s sprint events, is the Dutch girl Dafne Schippers.
One can say the powerful Dutch is the female version of Usain Bolt, with a maxspeed no opponent can get close to.
If she avoids a slow start in the finals, she will be the favorite for a 1st place finish in both the 100 and 200 Metres. In the women’s 400 Metres there is no doubt that Allyson Felix is the favorite.
Kenyan Dominance & “Moshow”?
Kenyans and middle/long distance is something just simply meant to be. The Kenyans are favorites in both the 800 and 1500 metres, with David Rudisha as the main man for the 800m and Asbel Kiprop for the 1500metres.
The Kenyans often dominate these two events, and three medals in total would not be surprising at all. Both Kipketer and Cheruiyot are more than capable of taking a medal in the 800metres.
Defending 1500metres champion Makhloufi from Algeria is also a contender for the win next to Kiprop, a medal should be in reach for him. For the 5 and 10k Mo Farah is the clear favorite and he will be attempting to copy his double from the Olympics in London and the World Championships in 2013 and 2015.
Where do you invest your money?
It is obvious that Bolt and Farah are the biggest favorites in the events they compete in. Unfortunately the price you get with the bookmakers is poor, and a Mo Farah double would only give you 1.5.
Bolt winning the 200 Metres is also a good tip, but again, with only 1.25 available at the bookies, the risks of false starts and injuries really don’t give value for the money.
An outsider bet that may be worth a shot is Keshorn Walcott to win the Javelin throw. The Olympic Champion from 2012 has struggled lately, but his performances tend to either be world class or rock bottom. 5.50 for him to take a medal is a nice longshot.
Rio 2016 Betting Tips
- Usain Bolt 1st place @1.50
- Dafne Schippers to win @2.50
- Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce: 1-3 place @2.15
- Dafne Schippers to win @1.50
3000m Steeplechase Men
- Mekhissi benabadd 1-3 place @1.60
- LaShawn Merritt to win @4.25
- Rudisha to win @2.00
- Kipketer 1-3 place @2.75
- Kiprop to win @1.65
- Taoufik Makhloufi 1-3 place @1.75
- LaShawn Merritt 1-3 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ameer Webb 1-3 place @7.50
3000m Steeplechase Men
- Mekhissi benabbad 1-3 place @1.60
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