Olympics 2012 men’s athletics latest odds, news and free bets

Usain Bolt provided one of the best ever Olympic Games moments four years ago when the Jamaican won the 100m sprint doing handstands, with the 25-year-old in London hoping to make history by retaining his sprint crown at the 2012 Games

Bolt’s 9.69 run was even more impressive by virtue of the fact that he slowed down when approaching the finishing line, although he went even faster a year later when smashing the world record with a time of 9.58 in Berlin much to everyone’s astonishment.

Despite arriving in London full of confidence, Bolt can be backed at odds of 8/11 (Sky Bet free bets) and that is mainly down to the fact that Yohan Blake is a viable contender for the 100m crown, with the Jamaican beating his compatriot in the recent trials for this event.

Blake is younger by three years and is currently world champion over 100m, having run a personal best of 9.75 and expects to run even faster in London. Granted, Bolt was disqualified in the worlds, although there is a feeling that there’s a new kid on the block and odds of 7/4 (Coral) are available that he claims gold.

The bookies make this a two-horse race although Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell will all feel they have a chance of taking down the two Jamaican powerhouses in the race. The same two men head the betting for the 200m with similar odds.

The men’s 400m also appears to be a straight tussle between two athletes, with LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James likely to provide spectators with some fireworks coming off the home straight and the American is the 5/4 favourite (Betfred) to claim gold.

Merritt won four years ago, although his suspension for failing a doping test means that he has only recently returned to the scene and his Grenadian opponent looks the real deal with odds of 3/1 that he claims gold.

Great Britain fans will be more interested in the 5,000m and 10,000m where Mo Farah is bidding for a historic double and the Somali-born athlete is favourite for both events, although there is stiff competition in each race.

Dejen Gebremeskel is an Ethiopian runner who claimed bronze at the World Championships in Daegu and has improved a good deal since that run a year ago, with the 22-year-old 11/4 to win the race.

Farah is a 9/4 chance to claim the first half of the double, with some firms making him odds on to win the 10,000 although Boylesports go as big as 13/8 that the Brit is victorious in what is regarded as his preferred distance.

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