One of the headline events at the Olympics is always the Women’s 100m sprint, which features the usual names of the sport.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith are back for a bid at the gold and they have been the biggest names in the sport for the last 10 years.
Jamaica has a stronghold on his event, with three of the top four market chances hailing from the Caribbean Island.
We look at the best bets for the gold, silver and bronze medals for one of the headline events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Women’s 100m Sprint Predictions
To Win Gold – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
The Jamaican superstar demands attention and it comes as no surprise to see bookmakers put her on top of the market.
She is a two-time gold medalist in this event at the Olympics (2008, 2012), and although she hasn’t won since 2012, Fraser-Pryce went through a raft of injuries that held her back.
Despite the injuries and taking time off due to motherhood, the 34-year-old won her ninth World Championship gold in 2019 at Doha and it bodes well against similar opposition in Tokyo over the next two weeks.
She owns a total of six Olympic medals with two being gold, three silver and one bronze. We think she’s the best sprinter in the world and on June 5 she became the second fastest women ever when posting a 10.6.
At the Jamaican Trials she defeated Elaine Thompson, so that’s an excellent betting guide and she is in career-best form. Her career will come to an end at the 2022 World Championships, so Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be gunning for gold in Tokyo.
Punters get generous odds of $2.15 and although it’s one of the more even betting markets for an athletic event, she is classy and always runs a good race at the Olympics.
Bet: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce @ $2.15
To Win Silver – Elaine Thompson
Elaine Thompson is a good chance to win gold or silver, but we’re happy to take the $2.80 for the Jamaican to win silver.
She finished behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the recent Jamaican Trials and the national champion could be a step behind her teammate. However, ruling her out would be a huge mistake.
She has the age advantage as a 29-year-old and she’s the defending Olympic champion. That can’t be overlooked and her results since winning in 2016 have been solid.
Thompson didn’t do much between 2017-2019. She ran fourth at the Worlds and won silver in the relay at the Commonwealth Games, but more was expected of the former world setting 100m sprinter.
There is some trepidation in the market with Thompson, who is $3 to win gold. We don’t think she’s running anywhere near the times of Fraser-Pryce, but she should have the edge over the other competitors.
Punters get $2.80 for Thompson to win silver, which would still be a fantastic result for the sprinter. She isn’t running at her best and we would be surprised if she found an extra gear to beat her countrywoman.
Bet: Elaine Thompson @ $3
To Win Bronze – Dina Asher-Smith
Dina Asher-Smith is slightly better over 200m, but the British sprinter is more than capable of winning a medal in the 100m.
The 25-year-old is still a rising force in the competition and she comes off some excellent results at the 2019 World Championships. She finished second in the 100m when running a national record of 10.83, and she won gold in the 200m.
It backed up her bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and although she didn’t compete in the 100m in Rio in 2016, she was only 20 years old and she has matured significantly since.
Asher-Smith is a chance of taking gold, silver or bronze. We have included her in our bronze selections because she’s giving away a wealth of experience to the Jamaicans, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see her taking home the gold or silver.
However, punters get $3.75 for the Bronze and that’s good shopping. Fraser-Pryce and Thompson are the quickest runners in the field, but Asher-Smith is closing and she could make it interesting.
Bet: Dina Asher-Smith @ $3.75
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.