The in-form Trinidadian Jehue Gordon could provide a nice payout for sports bettors in the men's 400m hurdles final today.
Gordon entered the champion-ships at odds of $5.50 to win gold, behind American favourite Michael Tinsley at odds of $2.25 and Puerto Rican Javier Culson at odds of $3.
The 2012 Olympic champion, Felix Sanchez, of the Dominican Republic, came in at odds of $10. All four men looked pretty good in the earlier rounds, with Gordon, in particular, looking really impressive. As a result, Tinsley's odds to win gold have actually risen to $2.85 despite the American winning both his heat and semi-final.
Gordon's odds have fallen to $2.60, with the Trinidadian emerging as the top betting favourite heading into the final. Culson, who finished second to Gordon in their semi-final, has seen his odds increase to $9, while Sanchez's odds have fallen to $8.
This should be a great final, with all four men capable of world-beating performances on their day. We saw what Sanchez was capable of last year at the Olympics, as he proved once gain what a prime-time performer he can be, even when many had written him off. Who knows? Maybe the underdog will deliver again.
Competition in the men's 200m begins tomorrow and as we mentioned earlier in the week, Usain Bolt is the overwhelming favourite to win gold at odds of $1.03. But suppose ... just suppose, the unthinkable happens, and for whatever reason, the great man does not claim 200m gold?
Injury, false start, these things do happen at big events, and as we saw with Yohan Blake in the 2011 World Championships, bets placed on an outsider can reap huge rewards.
Back in 2011, Blake was a $12 favourite to win 100m gold and with Bolt's false start in the final, many bettors who had taken a chance on 'The Beast' were smiling all the way to the bank.
This time around, another Jamaican, Warren Weir, is favoured at odds of $10 to win gold in the 200m, and he may be worth a wager ... just in case.
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