Bolt the One to Beat in 200mPublished August 19, 2008 by OCR Editor
Nobody else comes close to Olympic sprint champion, say the bookmakers.
Jamaican Usain Bolt is a red-hot favorite with bookmakers to take the 100m-200m double at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The men's 200m sprint will be the main event on day 12 (Wednesday) of the Olympics, but with Bolt so strong in betting, it is shaping up as either a non-event or - if he loses - as one of the biggest Olympic upsets of all time.
Such was Bolt's dominance in Saturday's 100m sprint, which he won in a world record time of 9.69s, that he is an odds-on 1/100 favorite at Ladbrokes to repeat the feat in the 200m at 10:20 on Wednesday night at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium.
100m bronze medalist, American Walter Dix, sits back in the field at 33/1, behind Brian Dzingai, Zimbabwe, and Shawn Crawford, USA, 25/1, and level with American Wallace Spearmon, USA. But it might be worth putting money on those four for the silver, because their hopes of upsetting Bolt are fairly slim.
The women's 400m hurdles final takes place immediately after the men's 200m.
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Wednesday is quarter-final day in the men's water polo, with eight teams competing to make it through to the medal rounds.
Match of the day features Balkan rivals Croatia and Montenegro. The Montenegrans are searching for the first ever Olympic medal as a stand-alone nation, after gaining independence from their federation with Serbia in 2006, which of course was in itself a remnant of the former Yugoslavia. Serbia-Montenegro won the silver medal at Athens in 2004, while Croatia won the silver at Atlanta in 1996.
In-form Croatia is 8/11 at Ladbrokes for the win here, against Montenegro 33/20. Serbia goes in 3/5 favorite against Spain, 19/10. Greece and Italy are strong favorites to beat Canada and China respectively. 2004 gold medalist Hungary is out of the tournament.
The women's medal matches take place Thursday, with the United States the Betfair favorite to beat Holland for gold. Australia plays Hungary in the bronze medal match.