The World Championships of Athletics start on Saturday afternoon and as ever, the men’s 100 meters will be one of the highlight evens from this year’s competition in Moscow. The men in action will compete in the heats on the opening day of the Championships and the semi-finals and final are on Sunday evening.
The sport is in need of something special happening here given all of the bad press recently – where a number of the world’s fastest men tested positive for a banned substance. We won’t see the likes of Tyson Gay or Asafa Powell here and it is no surprise to see the Olympic Champion Usain Bolt as the big favourite to win the gold medal.
Bolt doesn’t have his big rival – Yohan Blake – to beat here, as he has had to pull out of the competition with a hamstring injury.
For that reason, the Jamaican is being tipped as the big favourite with the bookmakers for the 100m title as he is at 1/7 with Ladbrokes.
Bolt has already said that this is a massive competition for him as he was disqualified in the 2011 final in Daegu for a false start. He did win the gold in Berlin in 2009, but he isn’t the kind of man that enjoys someone else having the big titles.
The Olympic Champion and world record also look to be in good form and if conditions are good, we could see something special for him. If you think there will be a new world record here, you can back it happening at 8/1 with Unibet, which could prove to be a good value bet.
If there is one man that could upset the odds here, then it is Justin Gatlin as the American has plenty of talent and you can back him at 11/1 with SkyBet.
Gatlin might not be the most popular sprinter of them all, but he is good at what he does and has the knowhow in big races, so could spring a surprise here.
You then have Nesta Carter at 22/1 with Youwin and Mike Rodgers at 40/1 with William Hill, so they aren’t even really considered by the bookies.
In truth, some of the best value for the betting on this 100m in Moscow could be on the without Bolt market. In this one, Mike Rodgers might be a good bet at 9/1 with StanJames.
If Usain Bolt wasn’t involved in this one, you would say it is a pretty poor field, but the Jamaican is one of the biggest sporting stars around, so you don’t want to miss him in action. He could be ready to do something special.