Sprint medals up for grabs over 100m in Commonwealth athletics
Four gold medals are up for grabs on the second day of the athletics programme at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Coral have priced up hugely competitive finals and all punters need to know about them is below.
Medals look cut and dried in this event, with Commonwealth record holders Sultana Fritell (Canada) massively odds-on at 1/12 for gold after launching out to 68m 92cm in qualifying. New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe is 15/2, meanwhile, to win the Hammer, with Sophie Hitchon of England an 11/1 hope.
Men’s Shot Put
Tomas Walsh (New Zealand) is a strong odds-on 1/7 favourite, after throwing a Games Record of 21m 24cm in qualifying. He was one of only three men to automatically book his place in the final. Walsh’s closest challengers will be Jamaican athlete O’Dayne Richards (8/1) and Orazio Cremona (20/1) of South Africa. There is more to come from New Zealander Jacko Gill (10/1) and Canada’s Tim Nedow (16/1).
The semis and final of this sprint for both sexes are held in the same session. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare is the odds-on 8/15 favourite to take gold, as she was fastest in the heats with a time of 11.2 seconds. She goes in the third semi alongside Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart (12/1 to take the Commonwealth title).
It’s Veronica Campbell-Brown that leads the Caribbean contingent over 100m, however, at 7/4 to beat Blessing and scoop top honours. Schillonie Calvert, the third Jamaican, is a 16/1 shot to cause an upset. England’s Asha Philip joins experienced Bahamas athlete Sheniqua Ferguson as a 100/1 outsider.
Nickel Ashmeade is the 11/5 favourite, in the absence of fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt, to be the fastest male sprinter over 100m. He did just enough in his heat, as did Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson (9/2).
Without the iconic names, the semis and final look wide open, with England’s young star Adam Gemili posting the quickest first round time of 10.15 seconds. He is also 9/2, alongside another Jamaican athlete Kemar Bailey-Cole. Keston Bledman, the Trinidad and Tobago star, looked impressive in his heat too, and has seen his odds slashed for gold from 25/1 into 5/1.
It’s hard to see beyond these five and third Jamaican sprinter Jason Livermore (10/1) for the medals. Ashmeade and Bledman go head-to-head in the first semi, while Gemili and Livermore are paired in the second, with Bailey-Cole and Thompson tussling in the third.