Who will replace Ulsain Bolt as the fastest man on Earth?

Who will replace Ulsain Bolt as the fastest man on Earth?

As the Tokyo 2022 Summer Games approaches, the best sportsbooks in Canada have started to publish Olympic odds.

We have seen some soccer gold medal odds, odds to win gold medals in swimming and which country will win the most gold medals overall. But this article is about athletics odds and the 100m men’s and women’s outrights.

While Sports Interaction have actual Olympic odds, 888Sports have published the 2019 Doha World Championship odds, which is the warm-up for the Olympic Games.

Men's 100m Odds Sports Interaction (SIA) 888 Sport
Christian Coleman (USA) 2.70 1.65
Andre de Grasse (CAN) 3.16 6.50
Noah Lyles (USA) 5.01 TBD
Matthew Boling (USA) 9.00 TBD
Yohan Blake (JAM) 11.00 12.50
Trayvon Bromell (USA) 13.00 TBD

 

Women's 100m Odds  Sports Interaction (SIA) 888 Sport
Sha'Carri Richardson (USA) 3.50 TBD
Elaine Thompson (JAM) 4.46 2.75
Dina Asher-Smith (GBR) 5.00 3.50
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 5.00 2.75
Marie-Josse Ta Lou (IVC) 7.00 12.50
Tori Bowie (USA) 9.00 4.50

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Who is the new UIsain Bolt?

Ulsain Bolt´s world record was set at 9.58 seconds in Berlin in 2009. The American Christian Coleman best personal record is of 9.79 seconds, achieved last year.

Yes, Coleman is the favourite to win the gold medal in Doha (1.65) and in Tokyo (2.70).

Apart from being a running machine, he is highly motivated after the US Anti-Doping Agency suggested that he might have competed doped. Nothing has been proven and Coleman demanded an apology.

The 23-year-old athlete did not qualify to Rio 2016 but has finished first in two of the 2019 Diamond League’s meetings (in Oslo and in Stanford).

Canadian Andre de Grasse

The Canadian Andre de Grasse is the second favourite according to the sportsbooks (3.16 to win in Tokyo and 6.50 to win in Doha). He will be an even greater menace to Coleman if his hamstring injury is proven fully recovered.

In the last Olympics, he got three medals (silver in the 200 metres sprint and bronze in the 100m and in the 4x100m relay).

The third favourite is another American. Noah Lyles stroke gold in Shanghai and in Zurich this year.

If you like an underdog to bet on, go with Jamaican Yohan Blake, who won the meeting in Birmingham and who finished fourth in Rio de Janeiro.

His odds are at 12.50 to win in Qatar and at 11.00 to finish first in Japan. He is one of the most valuable bets to be made here.

Pick: Andre de Grasse

Andre de Grasse To win the 100m at Tokyo 2020
3.50

Andre de Grasse To win the 100m at Doha 2019
TBD

World's eyes on Sha’Carri Richardson

Sha’Carri Richardson is the new star twinkling in the athletics sky. She decided to go pro after stablishing the new NCAA record with 10.75 seconds. She could have been even faster if she didn´t raise her arms before the finish line - just like Ulsain Bolt used to do.

The sub-20 world record also belongs to Richardson who is strong favourites to keep winning until next year’s Summer Games.

Sha’Carri Richardson

The Jamaican Elaine Thompson might challenge the young American. Three years ago she finished fourth in Rio with 10.71 seconds. She is used to have the fastest time of the year since 2017 and she has a big collection of gold medals in the 100m and 200m races.

This year, she won the meetings held in Paris and Rome and decided to skip Zurich to arrive in Doha in her best shape.

There are two underdogs to be considered in the women's 100m race. The first one is the Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the bronze medal in the last Olympics and has won two meetings of this year’s Diamond League.

The other one is the American Tori Bowie who hasn’t performed well recently but she is the current world champion (title won in London 2017) and the current Olympic silver medallist.

Pick: Sha’Carri Richardson.

Sha'Carri Richardson To win the 100m at Tokyo 2020
3.16

Sha'Carri Richardson To win the 100m at Doha 2019
6.50

Schedule & Venue

The 2019 World Athletic Championships will be held in Doha, Qatar, from September 29th to October 6th. All events will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium, which has a capacity of 40 thousand seats.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled from July 24th to August 9th 2020. The Athletics events will be played at Japan’s New National Stadium, which should be crowded with 68 thousand people.