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One of the biggest races to take place at the World Championships in Qatar is men’s 400 meters hurdles. The trio Samba, Warholm, and Benjamin will likely run ahead in the competition. We recommend choosing Abderrahman Samba when you bet on men’s 400m hurdles in Doha.
The third fastest hurdler in the world Abderrahman Samba is closer than ever to clinch a hometown gold. He will take on the track at the World Championships in Doha held between September 28 – October 06 as per online sportsbook news in Qatar. His biggest competitors to be Norway’s Karsten Warholm and the American Rai Benjamin. Warholm ran a world all-time no. 2 46.92 seconds in Zurich last month. Benjamin clocked his personal best in 46.98 seconds at the same event.
The trio Samba, Warholm, and Benjamin are so close, and the winner will likely finish at fraction of a second ahead. We think Samba is the best choice when betting on men’s 400m hurdles in Doha, due to his impressive season and home advantage. So, here is our intro to the 400m hurdles and why you should choose Samba.
How do the 400m hurdles work?
Athletes run once around a 400 meters track and clear ten evenly-spaced hurdles in the process. Men and women compete in separate races. Men clear hurdles that are 36in (91.4cm) high, while women 30in (76.2cm). Whoever crosses the line first is simply the winner. There are two icons in the history of the 400m hurdles. Edwin Moses who went 122 races unbeaten between 1977 and 1987. He landed Olympic gold in 1976 and 1984 and won two world titles. His world record stood at 47.02 sec. At the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992, Kevin Young set a new world record of 46.78 sec, which is unbroken yet.
Samba promises to break Young’s record
The Qatari rising star is one of the leading trio to ever run the 400m hurdles in less than 47 seconds, without breaking Young’s record. His personal best stands at 46.98 sec set at the Diamond League in Paris in 2018. Samba did not get serious about the sport until two years ago. He finished seventh at his global debut in the 2017 World Championships in London. In the same year, he beat the Olympic champion Kerron Clement at the Qatar leg of the Diamond League. This year he won at the Asian Athletics Championships and looks forward to winning gold in Qatar.
Last year Samba started with 47.9 and finished with 46.9. This year he started with 47.5 and he promises to finish the year with a record-break 46.5. Will that happen in Doha? Well, Samba is in good hands working with South African coach Hennie Kotze who led Kenya’s Nicholas Bett to the 2015 world title. Besides, Samba will run in front of his home crowd and it remains to be seen whether that will help him achieve his dream. Should you bet on men’s 400m hurdles in Doha winner to be Samba, get informed about Unibet Sportsbook that offers 3.25 odds on him.
Samba to go head-to-head with Warholm and Benjamin
Norway’s Karsten Warholm, the 2017 World Champion is impressed by Samba’s improvement. Thus, he expects a tough competition against Samba and Benjamin in Doha. However, Warholm is also improving, as he ran the second-fastest time in history in 46.92 seconds last month. Should he keep up the pace, Warholm might deny Samba the gold with 1.65 odds at Unibet Sportsbook.
The other top contender is the American Rai Benjamin. Benjamin clocked 47.23 to win the Toyota USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, qualifying for the IAAF World Championships in Qatar. Soon later, he broke his personal best matching Samba at 46.98 in Zurich. For Benjamin to win, online sportsbooks in Qatar offer 3.75 odds. Yet, you should keep in mind that Benjamin already tasted a defeat by Samba in Shanghai last May.