The Punter: Blake a real threat to Usain Bolt’s dream of double-double
Lightning they say, never strikes twice but it already has with Usain Bolt. And now he's on the brink of flashing up a double-double Olympic triumph.
Having become the first to beat everyone else across the 100m line in successive Games, he defends his 200m title tomorrow night after easing home in yesterday's qualifying heats.
And if Bolt does so successfully, he'll strike at the heart of those bookies who quoted him 5/2 for double gold and cement his already legendary status.
Bolt has been taken in various multiple bets and all the layers will have fingers crossed that Usain's Jamaican pal Yohan Blake who finished one hundredth of a second quicker in the qualifiers — both eased up in the final 20m — can turn his defeat in the 100m around.
Not beyond Blake as 200m is his better event, having finished 2011 ahead of Bolt in the world rankings.
One thing is certain, it will be another Jamaican one-two.
Bolt is very short at 1/6 with Blake 4/1 and the latter is worth an interest at those odds in what is a match bet.
But for those who like taking the hot-pots, Bolt will be a banker along with Aries Meritt (2/7) in the 100m hurdles following the elimination of Beijing champion Liu Xiang in yesterday's heats when hitting the first hurdle.
Add in Christian Taylor (8/13) for the Triple Jump and David Rudusha (1/9) in the 800m. The accumulator works out at around 11/8.
Mo Farah has an excellent chance of a first Olympic British double in the 10,000m — which he won on Saturday — and 5,000m.
As the current world champion at 5,000m — the heats start today — and having already bagged 10,000m gold, he has to be supported at 11/10 to continue on the home success with Dejen Gebremeskel his only serious rival at 5/2.