London is once again the epicentre of the athletics world five years after the end of London 2012 Olympics. The Olympic stadium will be lit up without the West Ham fans to the sight of the best athletes in the world. It will also be the last opportunity to see megastar Usain Bolt in his last competition before retirement. Going along side this many will be looking for a newcomer among the others to step up and carry the sport forward. Athletics has been hit with some scandal and with Bolt leaving to it could be a double whammy. It’s make or break for the sport, and it all starts on Saturday.
So let’s get to the man himself. He will be competing at the 100m and the 4x 100m in London. His odds in the showcase event is 1/2 which might mean it will be better as a spectator rather than a bettor, but if you are feeling frisky then Yohan Blake at 5/1 and Andre De Grasse at 6/1 will be his closest competitiors.
Bolt isn’t the only one leaving after this tournament. Mo Farah hits the road after a highly successful track career. He will be going for a monster achievement too. His attempt at both the 5,000m and the 10,000m would be his fifth win at a major tournament in these events. He like Bolt is at 1/2 for the 5 and 2/5 for the 10.
The mens 800m has been openedup after David Rudisha has been forced to pull out with an injury. He was at 2/1 before this. Nijel Amos is the next most likely and so will be a good bet.
The 1,500m race is one to look out for in the women’s side of events. There is British interest with Laura Muir but in truth unless they crack both Faith Kipyegon on 5/2 and Sifan Hassan on 7/4 are likely to be battling it out on the front.
You can double your money in the long jump with Tianna Bartoletta at 2/1. She has been in form this season and leaping great. The triple jump is closer to call with Caterine Ibarguen on 5/4, Yulimar Rojas on 6/4 and Olga Rypakova at 9/4 in a three way tie up.
Last but not least is the women’s javelin competition. This is one of my favourite events as it is as much mental as it is pure rip strength. Sara Kolek at 5/4 and Barbora Spotakova 6/4 will be taking it in turns against each other.
You are spoilt for choice with hundreds of events and heats with a myriad of markets. Athletics is not one of the most popular betting sports but if you are looking for something a bit different from the norm then immersing yourself in an event like this could be the perfect solution.