Our Preview And Tips For The Olympics 2020 Key Track And Field Events
The Olympic Games is now well under way in Tokyo and across Japan, but for many the highlight of the games is when the track and field events start. The events will run from the 30th July through to the final day of the games on the 8th August.
For British fans, there are hopes of medals in several events including Dina Asher-Smith who is a hope for a medal in both the 100m and 200m sprints. The women’s team also includes the fabulous middle-distance runner Laura Muir who will compete in the 1,500 metres, as well as Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the heptathlon and Holly Bradshaw in the pole vault.
Team GB also looks strong in the four relay events and there could be a chance of landing a medal in at least two or three of the final events on the track.
However, there are a number of other big stars taking to track and field and ready to compete in many different events and in this article, we will take a look at some of the star names to back for gold in their chosen event.
As always, we have used odds provided by bet365 Sport for this article and all odds shown were correct at the time of writing (Tuesday 27th July, 2021).
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Let’s now take a look at some of the highlights to look forward to in both the men’s and women’s track and field at the Olympics over the coming week or so.
Men’s Track & Field
It looks likely the United States will land their first Sprint Gold in many years with the two top prospects in this race, Trayvon Bromell (4/5) and Ronnie Baker (11/2) ranked the top two chances, with Fred Kerley a 16/1 chance. British hopes seem to rest on Zharnel Hughes who is a 25/1 shot, Reece Prescod (33/1) and Chijindu Ujah (50/1). Akani Simbine (15/2) and Andre de Grasse (10/1) should also be in contention for a medal.
Gold – Trayvon Bromell (USA), Silver – Ronnie Baker (USA), Bronze – Akani Simbine (S.Africa)
There aren’t too many men doubling up in the 100m and 200m in this games, and that may partly be because Noah Lyles is the outstanding athlete in this race and looks a very hot favourite to land gold. One athlete who is doubling up is Andre de Grasse of Canada and he and Kenny Bednarek of the US should be in with a chance of a medal along with the likes of Erryon Knighton (15/2), Divine Oduduru (20/1) and Joseph Fahnbulleh (22/1).
Gold – Noah Lyles (USA), Silver – Andre de Grasse (Can), Bronze – Kenny Bednarek (USA)
Wade Van Niekerk is back to defend the title he won back at the Rio games in sensational style, but the South African is a 6/1 third favourite here. American Michael Norman is the hot 4/7 favourite, with Steven Gardiner 7/2 and Kirani James 9/1, Randolph Ross is a 10/1 shot and it does seem to be between these five for the medals.
Gold – Michael Norman (USA), Silver – Wade Van Niekerk (S.Africa), Bronze – Steven Gardiner (Bah)
- 400m Hurdles
This should be one of the best events in the Men’s program with the Norwegian star, world champion and world record holder Karsen Warholm the massive favourite for gold (3/10). Rai Benjamin (12/5), Abderrahaman Samba and Alison Dos Santos (both 16/1) are rated to be his main rivals, but in truth, this is Warholm’s race to lose.
Gold – Karsten Warholm (Nor), Silver – Rai Benjamin (USA), Bronze – Alison Dos Santos (Brz)
- Pole Vault
The men’s pole vault is all about the incredible Swedish star Armand Duplantis, who has taken this event to new heights, quite literally, in the last couple of years. He is the massive 1/6 favourite to land the gold here ahead of American Sam Kendricks 6/1 and French ace Renaud Lavillenie (12/1).
Gold – Armand Duplantis (Swe), Silver – Sam Kendricks (USA), Bronze – Renaud Lavillenie (Fra)
Women’s Track & Field
This could be one of the best races of the games with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce the favourite to win another gold medal. Elaine Thompson-Herah her Jamaican compatriot will likely challenge her along with Dina Asher-Smith (4/1) of Great Britain and Shericka Jackson (12/1) of the United States. Marie-Josee Ta Lou (14/1) and Blessing Okagbare (18/1) cannot be ruled out either in what should be a very high-quality race.
Gold – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica), Silver – Dina Asher-Smith (GB), Bronze – Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica)
This should be another fantastic race with four women in with a real chance of gold, that includes Fraser-Pryce (4/1) and Asher-Smith (9/2) from the 100m plus Shaunae Miller-Uibo (7/2) and Gabrielle Thomas (7/4). Elaine Thompson-Herah (6/1) and Shericka Jackson (13/2) will also be in contention for a medal at least in what should be an incredibly quick and hugely competitive final.
Gold – Dina Asher-Smith (GB), Silver – Shaunae Miller-Uibo (USA), Bronze – Gabrielle Thomas (USA)
- 400m Hurdles
Three names seem to be in with a real chance of gold in the 400m hurdles for women. Two American athletes Sydney McLaughlin (4/11) and Dalilah Muhammed (15/8) start as the favourites for gold, with their main rival being the Dutch rising star Femke Bol (11/2).
Gold – Sydney McLaughlin (USA), Silver – Dalilah Muhammed (USA), Bronze – Femke Bol (Hol)
- Pole Vault
This should be one of the most competitive field events in the women’s Olympics this year with any of six women in with a real chance of a medal. Katie Nageotte (7/4), Anzhelika Sidorova (11/4) are the two to beat but the likes of Ekaterini Stefanidi (5/1), Sandi Morris (11/2), Nina Kenney (10/1) and Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw (6/1) should all be in with a chance too.
Gold – Anzhelika Sidorova (Neu), Silver – Holly Bradshaw (GB), Bronze – Katie Nageotte (USA)
It is worth noting that odds are not yet available on a number of events, including the middle and long distance running events, the 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m as well as the decathlon and heptathlon, the latter of which sees British hopes of a medal in the shape of Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
As the Track and Field programme at the Olympics progresses then it is likely that bet365 Sport will start to offer odds on these events too.
In the meantime, there is still plenty of great Track and Field betting to enjoy, as well as betting across a host of other sporting disciplines taking place at the Olympics over the next week or so.