Olympic track and field

  • Noah Lyles is favored at -185 to win the Men’s 200m Track and Field.
  • Erriyon Knighton has +500 longshot odds to win.
  • Erriyon Knighton broke Usain Bolt’s 200m record for a runner under 18.

TOKYO – Sports betting fans are betting heavily on the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games with odds being posted for the Men’s 200m Track and Field event.

The current favorite to claim the gold is Noah Lyles running for the USA. Lyles has the best time in the qualifiers so it is understandable why those betting on the Olympics would wager so heavily in favor of Noah.

Longshot odds for runners like Erriyon Knighton should be tempting for sports betting fans as they look to wager on the Olympic Games at legal sports betting.

Betting On Track And Field

Mens 200m – Gold Medal Winner

  • Noah Lyles (USA) -185
  • Andre De Graase (CAN) +430
  • Erriyon Knighton (USA) +500
  • Kenneth Bednarek (USA) +550
  • Divine Oduduru (NGR) +2200
  • Aaron Brown (CAN) +5000

Noah Lyles finished the Men’s 200m qualifier with a time of 19.5 seconds. This gave him the first place position compared to all other qualified sprinters.

Lyles, 23, is a three-time national champion sprinter for Team USA. Lyles won the 200m 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and ran as a part of the 4×100 relay team.

“Ever since [2016], my mindset of becoming an Olympian again was on my mind and gosh what a buildup it has been with each year, grabbing the world lead and Diamond League wins, world championships, and then having the pause of 2020, it’s probably been my hardest year,” said Lyles. “All of those other years before this were easy, even 2019 was rough, but it was nothing compared to this. I don’t think anybody can prepare you for the lion you have to slay at the Olympic Trials. It’s not world championships, it’s not U.S. championships, this is the hardest team to make and everybody here shows it.”

Longshot betting fans do have some options to look out for to win the gold, however, as fellow USA sprinter Erriyon Knighton could shock everyone and take the win. Knighton qualified with a sprinting time of 19.88 seconds, breaking 9-time gold medalist Usain Bolts record for fastest 200m of a sprinter under 20.

Knighton is 17 years old.

Knighton could very well show an even more impressive run in Tokyo. The young sprinter stated that he does not even think he ran his best during the qualifiers despite his record-breaking performance.

“It hasn’t sunk in,” said Knighton. “It’ll probably sink in when I get home. … I feel it’s a real big accomplishment.”

To qualify, Knighton outran Fred Kerley who qualified for the USA 100m, and Isaiah Young who ran in the 2012 London Games. Whoever betting fans are looking to wager on, online sportsbooks have plenty of action surrounding the 200m race and all Olympic Games events.

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