World Athletics day four: Rudisha and Rutherford ready to rumble
All that eludes London 2012 homegrown hero Greg Rutherford is a world title, and he’s 7/4 with Coral to follow up his Commonwealth Games crown last summer by finally getting that on day four of the World Athletic Championships in Beijing.
USA athlete Jeff Henderson, the world leader having jumped 1cm further than Rutherford this season, stands in his way, however, and is odds-on at 1/2 to deny the Briton glory in the Bird’s Nest.
Men’s 800m world record holder David Rudisha is in with a real chance of regaining the global title. His main rival Nijel Amos of Botswana was run out of the semi-final by the Kenyan, while defending champion Mohammed Aman also missed out.
Olympic champion Rudisha is a superb 6/4 for a second World Athletics Championships Gold medal, though Bosnia’s Amel Tuka is a narrow 11/8 favourite because he has ran faster this season.
Returning to Team GB, women’s world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu will expect to make the final again and get through the semis. At 12/1 to retain the crown, however, she will have to continue her knack of peaking when it matters most.
Understudy Anyika Onuora will almost certainly have to run another personal best to advance from the semis, with a strong American and Caribbean contingent in this event, headed by odds-on 8/15 Gold medal favourite Allyson Felix.
Over 1500m, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba has dominated and holds a short 1/10 price to become world champion. Another woman widely anticipated to grab Gold is Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic at 1/3.
With just a day’s rest after his 100m triumph, Usain Bolt begins his bid for another sprint double in the men’s 200m. Odds-on at 4/9 for a 10th World Athletics Championships Gold, the Jamaican sensation remains the one to beat ahead of Justin Gatlin (7/4).
Medals will be decided in the 400m hurdles for the boys, and it promises to be an absorbing, wide open prelude to Rudisha’s tilt at the 800m. Fellow Kenyan athletes Boniface Tumuti and Nicholas Bett have laid the gauntlet down to the Americans over the obstacles en route to this.
Tumuti is a tasty, but narrow 10/3 favourite for Gold ahead of surprise Russian package Denis Kudryavtsev (7/2), 2013 world Silver medalist Mike Tinsley (4/1), Bett (9/2) and two-time champ Kerron Clement (5/1).
Coral’s top tip: Punters who were patriotic and backed Jessica Ennis-Hill in the Heptathlon were rewarded, and we urge you to do the same with Rutherford at a superb 7/4.