- Odds for the Olympic men’s high jump have Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar as the favorite to win gold at +400.
- The competition is expected to be close, with five other athletes all listed between the +500 and +650 range including American JuVaughn Harrison at +550.
TOKYO – The competition at this year’s Tokyo Olympics high jump event is set to be one of the closest contested battles across the entire Olympic field.
With odds now released for the high jump via the legal sportsbooks, lines on who will wear the gold medal are offering longshot options.
Athletics High Jump Men Odds
- Mutaz Essa Barshim +400
- Maksim Nedasekau +500
- JuVaughn Harrison +550
- Mikhail Akimenko +550
- Gianmarco Tamberi +650
- Ilya Ivanyuk +650
- Django Lovett +1600
- Andriy Protsenko +2000
- Brandon Starc +2500
- Darryl Sullivan +2500
- Shelby McEwen +2500
The favorite in the men’s high jump is Mutez Essa Barshim from the small nation of Qatar. Barshim, 30, is the current Asian record holder in the high jump and a gold medalist at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.
This will be his third Olympics as he brought home the bronze in London 2012 and the silver in Rio 2016.
This is the craziest 2.41m (7-10.75) clearance I’ve EVER seen from Mutaz Essa Barshim! 😱😫
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— Jumpers World (@jumpers_world) December 16, 2020
A gold in Tokyo would be the perfect competition to his long journey throughout the sport.
Those looking to bet on Team USA at the Olympics can back JuVaughn Harrison for a great price of +550.
The odds are close here in the high jump, meaning that the bookies aren’t quite convinced of Barshim’s dominating the event.
Harrison is extremely young at 22 and already cut his teeth running track at LSU where he was a six-time national champion. Vaughn’s current personal best jump is 2.36m, which he just set in May.
Vaughn leads a talented group of American youth that is planning on making a big impact on the Olympics this year in Tokyo.
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