Usain Bolt set for Jamaica sprint relay at Commonwealth climax
The Commonwealth Games from Glasgow are coming to an end, so ahead of the closing ceremony a Scottish audience will get a glimpse of the fastest man alive. Usain Bolt runs for Jamaica in the Men’s 4x100m Relay which rounds off the athletics programme.
Coral have markets open on all four relay race finals, and in the absence of non-Commonwealth nation the USA, England quartets also figure in the picture for medals.
Women’s 4x400m Relay
In stark contrast to the men below around four laps of the track, Jamaica’s women are gigantic odds-on favourites at 1/25 for this title. Stephenie Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day took a clean sweep of medals in the individual event, so were it not for baton changes it’d be pointless looking beyond them. England are expected to be the closest challengers at 15/2.
Men’s 4x400m Relay
England are 13/8 favourites and Jamaica relative outsiders at 6/1 for this title. It’s not a misprint. Both Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas are rated more likely for gold than their Caribbean neighbours at 9/4 apiece in this race.
Women’s 4x100m Relay
Jamaica are overwhelming odds-on favourites across both sexes in these races. It’s 1/7 that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price and company take gold, with Nigeria’s four women, who will likely be anchored by double individual sprint champion Blessing Okagbare, at 11/2. The England ladies are 9/1 for gold, but look destined from bronze.
Men’s 4x100m Relay
Bolt and company are massive 1/6 odds-on favourites to carry the baton round to Jamaican sprint relay glory. Their quartet could also include 100m gold medallist Kemar Bailey-Cole, who was rested for the heat.
Fellow Caribbean country Trinidad and Tobago are rated 8/1 chances to upset the established order, with Richard Thompson set to run their anchor leg. England (9/1) are expected to bring Adam Gemili into their foursome, as he too had a watching brief in the heats.