Odds for the Olympic men’s 100-meter dash are moving faster than the competitors after Saturday’s qualifying heats.
Jamaican sprinter and reigning gold medalist Usain Bolt is still the betting favorite to win gold in the 100-meter, priced at -133 after posting a qualifying time of 10.09 seconds to win Heat No. 4 Saturday. His time tied for ninth overall.
"I stumbled on the start," Bolt said of his run Saturday. "I really didn't do a lot of executing."
Teammate Yohan Blake, who bested Bolt in the Jamaican trials, ran a time of 10 seconds flat in Heat No. 6 and is listed at +160 to win gold Sunday. The fastest times in the first round went to Americans Ryan Bailey (9.88) and Justin Gatlin (9.97), who are both listed at +2,200 to win gold.
The track at London’s Olympic Stadium has been noted for its speed, seeing sub 11-second times in the women’s 100-meter dash Friday and Saturday. Oddsmakers have taken note of the quickness of the track surface, moving the odds on a new world record for the men’s 100-meter.
“Yes” has dropped from +275 to +150 while “No” has gone from -370 to -200. Bolt owns the world record for the 100-m, posting a time of 9.58 at Berlin in 2009. He also holds the Olympic record of 9.69, set at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Here’s a look at the men’s 100-meter odds heading into Sunday’s three semifinal heats and final:
Bolt, Usain -133
Blake, Yohan +160
Bailey, Ryan +2200
Gatlin, Justin +2200
Gay, Tyson +2000
Powell , Asafa +4500
Bledman, Keston +20000
Thompson, Richard +25000
Gemili, Adam +25000
Chambers, Dwain +30000
Martina, Churandy +30000
Bailey, Daniel +30000
Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.com.