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Newsletter 13

Those of you who know me and who have read the blog and betting advice over the years will know I don't just like betting on golf but that I enjoy a punt on athletics. Normally however there is little point in betting on run of the mill events as few bookmakers price up and betting limits are poor but with the Olympics things are a little different so I will give you my thoughts on the blue riband event the Mens 100m.

Ostensibly this years event can be narrowed down to just five athletes and I will look at each in turn by price.

Usian Bolt – really seems to be having problems at the moment having been beaten twice by Blake in the Jamaican Olympic trials and he has now pulled out of the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks time citing an injury setback. In the last three years he has had two car crashes including one a couple of weeks ago and also suffers from a congenital spine disorder which requires daily orthopaedic massage – the car crashes haven't helped. I just have a feeling we may have seen the best of Bolt already which is a shame after what he has achieved over the last four years.

Yohan Blake – the current World Champion who took advantage of Bolts' DQ in last years World Championships. At aged 22 he reminds me a lot of Bolt four years ago and in my mind he probably should be favourite having beaten Bolt twice last week and has had a great season so far. He is the fourth fastest man ever after Bolt, Gay and Powell and is the youngest ever to run sub ten seconds. Sadly at a price of 2/1 I don't think there is any value left.

Tyson Gay – won the sprinting Gold medal sweep of three medals at the 2007 World Championships however he disappointed in the 2008 Olympics when he suffered a hamstring injury and he failed to progress from the semi finals.He maintained a high level of performance through to 2011 when he underwent hip surgery and only returned last month finishing second in the US Olympic trials and there have to be question marks over how fit he will be.

Asafa Powell – he has the speed and he certainly has the talent to win Olympic Gold but sadly I think his best chances have been and gone and I don't believe he has the mental strength to win in London.

Justin Gatlin – to me is the real dark horse and despite having misgivings about convicted drug cheats a bet is a bet! After his ban he has taken a while to get going but this year he has beaten Powell in Doha and then ran a Personal Best of 9.80 in beating Gay in the US trials. He certainly “talks the talk” and has the speed to win and of course has the benefit of already winning Olympic gold. If anything goes wrong with Bolt (highly likely) or Blake then I think he is the one to take advantage and whilst it would be lovely to have an each way price the 33/1 or 25/1 and represents some great value in my opinion

 
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