The Queen of the Sports, the Athletics competition starts this Friday, 30th of July in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. American fans are hoping for several gold medals in the track events but we are likely to see some European and African winners as well. Let’s see the Olympics Track events predictions for the men’s events.
Athletics is one of the most popular sports in the world and in the Olympic program too. The track and field competitions will start this Friday and go on until the last day of the Games. 11 individual and two relay events will take place in the next few days for both the men’s and women’s track competition. In the men’s race US runners can dominate in the shorter distances. While athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda are the favorites in longer distances. We already discussed the favorites for the 100m and 800m, let’s see now the chances for the other events in the men’s competition.
Olympics Track events predictions favor US sprinters in short distances
In the men’s 200m US athlete Noah Lyles is the top favorite with the odds of 1.70. The current world champion also won three overall Diamond League titles in the event. So no wonder that the experts favor him to win the gold in his first Olympic appearance. Canadian Andre De Grasse can be his biggest rival, who finished as a runner-up behind Usain Bolt in Rio. He also got the silver medal in the 2019 World Championships after finishing behind Lyles. In 400m another American runner, Michael Norman is favored for the victory with the odds of 1.56. The world junior champion has the best time indoors. But the defending Olympic champion, South African Wayde van Niekerk and the current world champion, Bahamian Steven Gardiner can also fight for the gold.
In the 110m hurdles we still find a US athlete, Grant Holloway as a top favorite according to the Olympics Track events predictions. He is the reigning world champion. Plus he also ran the second fastest time in history in the 2021 US trials last month. Spanish silver medalist in Rio, Orlando Ortega and the runner-up in the 2019 World Championships, ROC Sergey Shubenlov can fight for the other medals. While in the 400m hurdles we might see a European winner thanks to the Norwegian world record holder, Karsten Warholm. Online sportsbooks in Norway offer the odds of 1.43 for the two-time world champion’s victory. He is followed by American Rai Benjamin, who got the silver in the 2019 World Championships. He also ran close to the world record and has the odds of 3.06 to win the event.
Favorites in the middle and long distance events
Another Norwegian athlete can go for the gold medal in the 1500m. 20-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen who won the event in the 2018 European Championships. He finished fourth in the world championship two years ago. But now he is the main rival of the Kenyan world champion, Timothy Cheruiyot. Who has the odds of 1.89 to win the gold. While Ingebrigtsen’s odds are 3.30 on online gambling sites in Norway. Several athletes are mentioned as favorites in the 5000m with Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei leading them. He is the world champion in 10,000m and the world record holder in both 5000m and 10,000m. In the shorter distance his compatriot, Jacob Kiplimo can be his main rival. Along with Canadian Mohamed Katir, who got the bronze at the previous world championship.
In the 10,000m Cheptegei is the current world champion. But Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha might be able to beat him after winning the indoor world championship in 2018. He got the silver outdoors in the following year and has the odds of 3.20 to win the gold in Tokyo. Interestingly the Ugandan runners odds are slightly higher, 4.30 on 22Bet. Steeplechase is usually won by Kenyan athletes, but this time Moroccan Soufiane Elbakkali is the biggest favorite with the odds of 2.68. He got a silver and a bronze medal from the world championships. He also finished fourth in the previous Olympics. In the Kenyan team Abraham Kibiwott has the smallest odds, 7.50 for the victory. He was seventh in the last world championship but has a great individual record. While his compatriot, the 20-year old Leonard Bett can also fight for the gold after winning the Kenyan trial last month.