London 2012: Sports-Book Odds for Usain Bolt, 100-Meter Dash

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJuly 27, 2012

DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates victory and a new world record in the men's 4x100 metres relay final during day nine of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 4, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt is without doubt the hottest athlete in the world.

He is recognizable; he is marketable; he is well known; and, more importantly, he is very, very fast.

The reigning world-record holder and Olympic champion will line up at the London 2012 Olympics as the favorite to win the greatest race of them all—the men's 100-meter final—but perhaps not as the favorite that everyone assumed he would be.

As crazy as it seems, Bolt used to be an even hotter favorite than he is now, but with defeat to countrymen Johan Blake in both the 100 and 200 at the Jamaican Olympic Trials, there is some doubt as to whether the fastest man in the world will defend his title with success.

Having said that, Bolt will line up as the man to beat and with the eyes of the world focused on him—mountains upon mountains of pressure heaped squarely on to his shoulders?

Can he win gold, or will he be upstaged by Blake once again?

Let's take a look at the London sports odds for the 100-meter dash, but before we do let me point out that there are really only four or five athletes that are worth taking note of for the event.

Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell—nobody else is going to challenge for the 100-meter crown outside of these five men. 

Don't believe me? The odds stand at around 200-1.

Let's take a look then at the major London sports bookies and their current prices for their event. I've put them in a table below, courtesy of

  Visit Paddypower Visit Williamhill Visit Ladbrokes Visit Betfred Visit VCBet Visit Bet365

  Usain Bolt



  8-11   4-6   8-11    8-11   8-11    8-11

  Johan Blake



  6-4   6-4   13-8    6-4   6-4   13-8

  Tyson Gay



  14-1     16-1   14-1    11-1   12-1   12-1

  Justin Gatlin



  18-1   20-1   16-1    20-1   18-1   20-1

  Asafa Powell     



  25-1   33-1   20-1    25-1   28-1   33-1


Make what you will of the above list, and do with it as you please. I'm sure the odds will change throughout the Olympic Games, so if there's something that you like, don't wait.

For a former world-record holder and Olympic gold medalist, 33-1 might just do it for me.


Who is going to win the 100-meter final?

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