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Friday, August 3, 2012

London Olympics 2012 - Athletics - Women's 100m - Odds and Betting Preview

LONDON, UK - One of the games' showpiece events marks the end of Saturday's events in the Olympic Stadium, with medals for the Women's 100m up for grabs. With round 1 and the semi-finals still to go before the final, we take a look at the current betting situation on the race.

The bookies have found their favourite for the event, and it's Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who Paddy Power have down at 7/5 for a gold medal. She put in a stunning performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in this event, which she won with a time of 10.78, and will certainly be well-backed by punters to repeat the trick at this edition of the competition. She's had a decent time since her heroics in China, with gold medals at the 2009 World Championships and a silver last year, and remains the fourth fastest women to ever run the 100m.

Her closest competition looks set to come from the USA's Carmelita Jeter, who can be backed to finish first at 11/4 with Stan James. She's the current World Champion in this event, having beaten Fraser-Pryce in the 100m back in 2011, and her personal best of 10.64 would have been enough to win gold at the last Olympics.

Jamaica have another fine chance for gold in Veronica Campbell-Brown, who Paddy Power reckon is a 7/1 shot for the gold. Although more at home in the 200m - a race in which she is only the second woman to win at two consecutive Olympics - Campbell brown is sure to be a dangerous threat to the market leaders in the 100m; she has a flurry of golds in the event across her career.

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare is fourth favourite to grab a gold, available at 9/1 with Ladbrokes and Stan James. She's primarily a long-jumper, but some solid performances in the 100m in recent years - including a gold at the 2010 African Championships - would suggest she shouldn't be dismissed by punters.

Also hoping to run in Saturday's final is the USA's Allyson Felix, who is 11/1 with Paddy Power to surprise the bookies and take the top podium spot. Felix has had a fine few years in Athletics, with regular golds in recent editions of the World Championships and World Ahletics Finals. Most of them have been in the 200m or relay events, however, and she's yet to land a big gold medal in the 100m.

Of the rest of the hopefuls, Kelly-Ann Baptiste has been a fine servant for Trinidad & Tobago at various athletics meetings, but a win here, a 20/1 chance according to Boyle Sports and Ladbrokes, looks a big ask. The USA's Tianna Madison, meanwhile, who was a surprise inclusion in the USA team, is 25/1 with Boyle Sports to have a dream Olympic debut.

The odds on all the athletes are sure to change following Friday and Saturday's preliminary rounds.

The final starts at 2155 BST on Saturday.