Olympic Athletics and Men's Semi-Finals OddsPublished August 21, 2008 by OCR Editor
The Redeem Team is looking unstoppable for the men's basketball gold.
It's hard to imagine the action on days 12 and 13 (Thursday and Friday) of the 2008 Olympics could beat Usain Bolt's world record-breaking performance in the 200m sprint Wednesday, backing up from his previous world record in the 100m. Nevertheless, there is still some exciting athletics action remaining.
The men's 4 x 100m relay final takes place on Friday night at Beijing Bird's Nest stadium. Jamaica, with Bolt and former world record-holder Asafa Powell in its corner, are firm 4/7 favorites at Ladbrokes. The USA is 11/4, and Trinidad and Tobago 12/1.
With all three medalists from the women's 100m sprint - gold medal winner Shelly-Anne Fraser, and silver medalists (in a dead heat) Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart - in its corner, nobody is likely to come close to Jamaica in the women's 1 x 100m final. The island nation is 1/4 for the gold, followed by the USA, 11/1.
It's men's semi-final day in a number of team sports, including basketball. The USA's "Redeem Team" is getting stronger with every match. Argentina, 10/1, is not expected to trouble Kobe, LeBron and the rest of the American team, an odds-on 1/100 to progress to the gold medal playoff.
In the other semi-final, Spain is a 3/10 favorite to knock out Lithuania, 12/5.
2004 men's handball gold medalists Croatia can move to within one win of a repeat performance at Beijing, if they beat France in Friday's semi-final. France is actually the favorite for the tournament, at 11/10, while Croatia is listed at odds of 16/5. Spain (5/2 to win gold) takes on Iceland, 4/1, in the other semi.
Brazil is a 4/5 favorite to win its second consecutive men's volleyball gold medal, and third overall, going into its semi-final with Italy, 11/2. Russia is 11/4 to win the tournament, but it will need to get past dark horse the USA, 7/2, before it gets a chance at the gold medal.