Bovada Olympic Betting: Usain Bolt Futures & 100 Meter Betting

Bolt and Blake of Jamaica will square off in the 100 meter as heavy favorites.
The 100 meter is one of the most anticipated track and field events for bettors. Let’s take a look at the favorites, though there really isn’t much to consider, other than which Jamaican will take home the gold.

Will Usain Bolt win both the 100 meter and 200 meter?

No (-175)

Yes (+125)

While ‘No’ is the favorite in this question, it’s hard to bet against Bolt to do this. Bettors will likely back Bolt on the basis of his popularity, but it’s prudent not to make that mistake. Bolt will likely win the 100 meter and lose the 200 meter, making this bet a pretty safe ‘No.’

Men’s 100 Meter Favorites

Usain Bolt – JAM (7/10)

Bolt has been the clear favorite as he is the fastest man in the world without a doubt. He’s not necessarily the quickest off the blocks but once he hits full stride and top end speed it’s difficult for anyone to keep up. Though he did lose his trials to Blake in Jamaica, it’s hard to imagine Bolt allowing that to serve as anything other than motivation and Track & Field Oddsmakers agree.

Yohan Blake – JAM (3/2)

Bolt’s teammate Blake is nearly as fast as Bolt, but guess what? Nearly as fast won’t win a gold medal. Expect Blake to finish second, and it will be close, but there’s no touching Bolt.

Tyson Gay – USA (10/1)

Gay is the best 100 meter runner in the US, yet still a long shot to win the event. Basically, if your colors aren’t red, gold, and green, you may as well head home this year. Still, a silver medal will likely be enough motivation, and while he’ll likely settle for a bronze, it’s better than nothing.

Ryan Bailey – USA (20/1)

Like Gay, Bailey packs enormous speed, but Olympic Track oddsmakers have set the odds heavily in his favor. He’s a bit of a value bet, if there were one, but to be honest, when it comes right down to it, value bets aren’t worth much when it’s a matter of who actually wins the race.

Asafa Powell – JAM (25/1)

Powell is the slowest of the Jamaicans, if you really want to call him slow at all. He’s still better than Bailey, despite worse odds. Again, it doesn’t really matter, because they’ll be fighting for a bronze medal.

Christophe Lemaitre -FRA (50/1)

Lemaitre doesn’t stand a fighting chance, yet his odds are still better than Churandy Martina, Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, Keston Bledman, Ngonidzache Makusha, Daniel Bailey, Kim Collins, and Dwain Chambers. But does that matter? None of those guys will be within striking distance of the leaders, and are almost certain to finish a solid .15 seconds behind Bolt, and that’s if they are lucky.

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