Another day, another bit of brilliance from Usain Bolt. After our odds on the great man winning the 200m gold had dipped to $1.02, Bolt delivered a masterful performance in the final yesterday, streaking to victory in 19.66 seconds - a finishing time which paid out at closing odds of $2.50. Bolt is as safe a bet as there is in athletics, however, with such favourites, come much lower odds.
Heading into today's final day of the IAAF World Championships, only the bravest of bettors would have wagered against the Jamaican men taking home the gold in the 4x100m relay, at odds of $1.15. Of course, we know that in the sprint relay anything can happen, and all it takes is one faulty baton exchange for punters' hopes and dreams to go up in flames. The USA at odds of $3.75 will be seen by many as a 'backup bet', but a bet certainly worth considering. In the women's sprint relay, many punters were not ready to simply concede the gold to the American ladies, who were favoured at odds of $1.40. Some pretty good value lay with Jamaica at odds of $2.35 and with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in such ominous form, many punters certainly would have invested a stake in the Jamaicans to pull off the upset and carry home the gold.
So another IAAF World Championships is in the books, but the athletics betting season with JustBet is not over yet. Look out for betting odds on the remainder of the IAAF Diamond League, which resumes with the DN Galan meet in Stockholm on Thursday, August 22. Odds will be released on Wednesday, August 21, so don't worry track and field fans, JustBet has you covered.
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