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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Bolt paying $1.15 to win 200m & Aussie 4x400m relay at 100 to 1

Bolt paying $1.15 to win 200m & Aussie 4x400m relay at 100 to 1

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This report says that Australia is fielding a women's 4 x 100m team and it's 100 to 1 to win the relay....I hope their not seriously taking any bets on this.

Bolt at the double

Paul Gough, Betting Editor
9/8/2012 10:15 AM

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt is an overwhelming favourite to establish himself as arguably the greatest athlete of all time by becoming the first man to complete the 100m/200m double at successive Olympic Games by winning the 200m final at the London Olympics on Thursday night.

Bolt is the $1.15 favourite at TAB Sportsbet, with his only real opposition expected to come from team-mate Yohan Blake (who took silver behind Bolt in the 100m final) with the 200m final to be run at 5.55am Thursday morning (Australian time).

Not even the great Carl Lewis could win the 100m/200m double at successive Olympics after winning both at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, before the American successfully defended his 100m title at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 after Canadian Ben Johnson was disqualified for failing a drugs test before Lewis finished in second place in the 200m final.

However, after his dominance of the semi-finals, Bolt looks unbeatable and TAB Sportsbet are also offering odds of $3 that Bolt will break his own world record of 19.19s in the event.

Such is Bolt's dominance that Matt Jenkins of TAB Sportsbet said 70 percent of all bets on the men's 200m final have been on Bolt, with 25 percent on Blake and the other six runners accounting for just five percent of bets between them.

With another Jamaican in Warren Weir the third favourite for the event at $34, TAB Sportsbet are also offering odds of $2.45 that the three Jamaicans in Bolt, Blake and Weir will make a clean sweep of the medals.

However, at you can get as much as $3.20 on the three Jamaicans running 1-2-3, while in a bid to attract more betting interest to one of the feature events of the Olympics, are also offering betting on the final excluding Bolt and Blake.

In that market which is essentially about who will finish with the bronze medal behind Bolt and Blake - American Wallace Spearman is the favourite at $2.70 ahead of France's Christophe Lemaitre at $3.20, Dutchman Churundy Martina at $4 and Weir at $4.33.

The first of the relay events gets underway tonight and they are the two events that Australia will field teams in the men's 4 x 400m relay and the women's 4 x 100m relay.

Australia got a shock silver medal in the men's 4 x 400 metres relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics and this event again represents our best chance of a relay medal in London.

This team contains young gun Steve Solomon - who reached the individual 400m final as well as the experienced John Steffensen, a member of the silver medal winning team in Athens eight years ago and the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist over the 400m.

However, this time around Australia face a tough task to even qualify for the final given the Aussies are only on the equal eighth line of betting with eight of the 16 competing nations to contest the final at Eskander's Betstar.

Betstar have the USA as the $1.55 gold medal favourites ahead of the Bahamas at $4.50, Jamaica at $10, Belgium at $15, Great Britain at $21, South Africa at $26, Russia at $41 and then Australia equal with Kenya at $101.

The women's 4 x 100m relay team face an even tougher task to make the final, in an event likely to be dominated by the USA and Jamaica.

But with even the best teams at risk of dropping the baton and failing to finish in the 4x100 metres relay, Australia are an outside chance of a bronze medal.

The USA are $1.91 favourites to take gold in the event at with Jamaica at $2 while there is a huge gap to Trinidad and Tobago at $17.

Ukraine are fourth picks at $34 with a host of teams France, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Bahamas and Brazil all at $67 with Australia at $101, alongside Poland.

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