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Season’s best makes Germany medal bet for Olympic 4x100m

| 10.08.2012

Germany are not blessed with overly fast individual sprinters, but they still look overpriced at 25/1 to take a medal in the men’s 4x100m relay.

If everything goes to plan in the relay, it is hard to see beyond a Jamaican victory, with the US in second and Trinidad and Tobago most likely in third.

Jamaica are the 1/4 favourites and even though they have lost Asafa Powell to injury, they still have Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake at their disposal.

But very rarely does a relay go to plan, as batons are dropped or athletes fail to successfully hand over to the next competitor within the allocated yellow markings.

The US have previous for dodgy hand overs, especially when taking second behind Great Britain in the relay in 2004.

Meanwhile, if they are not prepared to settle for second, the US will also know that they will need to take some risks if they realistically want to beat Jamaica.

Therefore, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that one of the favoured medallists make a mistake and this could open up a medal possibility for a smaller nation.

Team GB do not seem to have the calibre of sprinter to compete for a medal and an unsettled team all season will also enhance the risk of something going wrong.

A 5/4 quote is too short, while this is also true of France at 3/1 as one of their leading sprinters Jimmy Vicaut is not fully fit.

Germany did not have an entrant in the individual 100m or 200m and not only does this mean that their sprinters are fresh, it also shows their dedication towards the relay, where their chances of a medal are far greater than an individual event.

They are in the harder semi-final, but Germany have run 38.02secs this season and a repeat of this would put them in big medal contention.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.