Great Britain will hope to have an athlete on the podium as we check out the Olympic women’s 100m odds for the Tokyo Games.
Dina Asher-Smith is one of the Team GB squad’s biggest medal hopes on the track in Tokyo in the 100m and 200m but faces fierce competition from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in both events.
The 100m is seen as the more illustrious event and Fraser-Pryce is undoubtedly the one to beat, having been priced up as the 9/10 favourite in the Olympic women’s 100m betting.
The 34-year-old Jamaican, winner of the sprint event in both Beijing and London, sent a timely reminder she remains the dominant force when she clocked 10.63sec in June – the second-fastest time in history behind the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.
In a field now shorn of American rising star Sha’Carri Richardson, Fraser-Pryce’s rivals have their work cut out.
Asher-Smith relishes big occasion
If there is to be an upset, Asher-Smith will hope to be the one to strike gold and the Team GB runner can be backed at 11/2, although Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica is seen as a more likely winner in the Olympic women’s 100m odds at 7/4.
Asher-Smith’s preparations received a slight setback earlier this month when she pulled out of the Muller British Grand Prix as a precaution after complaining of a tight hamstring.
She looked to have set a British record in Manchester last month when a faulty timer initially clocked her at 10.71 seconds, before recording her official time of 10.97 seconds.
She insisted her time was not important, though, and is not reading too much into her form ahead of the Olympics, saying: “I don’t really tend to think like that because, at the end of the day, sometimes I run into championships ranked way down.
“Even when I broke my foot, I just about qualified (for the 2017 World Championships) and then I managed to come fourth. I’m a championship performer.
“So all I want to do is use the race to practice each thing. I was practising running through the line and making sure that I continued as if I was running to 110 metres and that’s been the whole championship set-up for me.”
Already the fastest British woman in history, Asher-Smith certainly has a habit of rising to the big occasion and she will need to be in the form of her life in Tokyo.
The world 200m champion is a similar price at 5/1 to win the longer event but will need to get the better of 9/4 favourite Gabby Thomas, who set the second-fastest time in history over 200m at the US trials, while Fraser-Pryce is 6/1 to win the 200m.
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