There have been times when it has looked as though the Tokyo Olympics would never see the light of day, and while a few COVID cases are hitting the Olympic village, the games will go head starting this coming Friday. Given that we are now getting used to seeing fans in attendance at sporting events, it is going to be rather jarring to see the amateur athletes at the Olympics do their thing with no fans in attendance. Whether that has an outcome on the performance of certain individuals remains to be seen. We are going to begin our coverage of the Olympics by looking at the track and field events. Historically speaking, we know which countries tend to do well in certain events, which helps us narrow down who might win. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers so you can bet against their Olympics Betting odds.
Olympics – Athletics Sports: Odds > Track, Field, Road, Decathlon, Heptathlon
Countries That Excelled in Track & Field at the 2016 Olympics
We could take a deeper dive, but let’s focus on the previous Olympics to see how specific countries made out in track and field. It is perhaps not that surprising to see that the United States led the way in 2016, taking a total of 32 medals, 13 of which were gold, in the track events. They far outpaced everyone else, with Kenya coming in second with 13 total medals, 6 of which were gold. If you are looking at playing all the events, then you should be aware that the Kenyan athletes tend to deliver the goods in the distance races, while the US and Jamaica are always among the best in the sprint events.
In terms of showcase events and fan favorites in track and field, it is the 100m that gets a lot of the love. Heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it is American sprinter Trayvon Bromell (+130) who is the favorite to win the 100m in the men’s side. He is followed by another American, Ronnie Baker (+400), as well as a Akani Simbine (+500) of South Africa.
On the women’s side of things, it is something of a familiar story in terms of historic favorites. Shelly-Ann Taylor-Price of Jamaica is in as the favorite to take the gold in the 100m at -110. The second favorite is Elaine Thompson-Herah (+160), also of Jamaica. It is a British sprinter, Dina Asher-Smith (+450) who rounds out the top 3 favorites in the women’s 100m.
The Combined Events
Winning a single race is tough enough, but the people who compete in the heptathlon and decathlon have to excel in 7 and 10 sports, respectively. One thing that we do know about the men’s decathlon is that we will have a new gold medal winner this time around. American, Brett Ashton, won gold in the last 2 Olympic Games, but he is now retired. American athlete’s have won gold in 3 straight Olympics.
In the women’s heptathlon, there have been no real dominant countries in terms of the gold medal. That said, British athletes have performed really well in this event and have had a medal winner in heptathlon in each of the last 6 Olympic games. That is something to keep in mind when it comes time to wager.r />
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