Christine Ohuruogu already knows what is required to become a world champion and a promising lane draw for the final of the women’s 400m in Moscow gives her a great chance of repeating the feat.
This is one of six finals on day three of the World Athletics Championships and we have picked our six winners, which combine to make a 145/1 accumulator.
There is no British interest here as Steve Lewis will not have the chance to improve on finishing fifth in the Olympics after failing to clear a single height in qualifying.
However, he would have struggled to beat Olympic gold medallist Renaud Lavillenie in any case. The Frenchman, who was one of only two men to clear 5.65m in qualifying, has achieved the six highest leaps in the world this year including a 6.02m clearance and will be spurred on by missing out on gold at the World Championships twice before.
Valerie Adams is arguably the biggest banker of the whole meeting in Moscow, more so than even Usain Bolt or Mo Farah.
Her personal best is virtually 1m further than anyone else in the field, she has thrown substantially further than anyone else this year and dominated qualifying.
Based on the fact that he is unbeaten in 12 events this year, threw the furthest in qualifying and is the reigning Olympic champion, Krisztian Pars is a fair price to win the hammer at 4/9.
However, Sergey Litvinov is another of only four throwers to exceed 80m this year and has thrown a season’s best in the last month to suggest he is coming into form at the right time.
In a race that looks almost 50/50 between Ohuruogu and Amantle Montsho, the Brit has to be backed as the value selection.
She is running into form at just the right time too and lane four is an ideal draw for Ohuruogu, given that her two main challengers Montsho and America’s Francena McCorory are in the two lanes directly outside her to help her manage a perfect race pace.
All of the four Americans have claims, but David Oliver is a worthy favourite after clocking the fastest time in qualifying to reach the semi finals and being responsible for the quickest time of the year so far.
With each-way bets paying 1/3 of the odds for the top two, US trial winner Ryan Wilson looks overpriced at 33/1, while Frenchman Thomas Martinot-Lagarde (16/1) could be a surprise medallist.
With 12 women running below 11secs this year, this is wide open and it may be worth taking on 8/11 favourite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce despite her proven championship pedigree.
Blessing Okagbare has already been busy in Moscow taking second in the long jump, but she beat Fraser-Pryce recently and can become Africa’s first female medallist in a 100m or 200m at a World Championships.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.