Farah’s top gold chance in 10,000m but Rupp each-way value

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The men’s 10,000m is the first men’s track final at the Olympics and Mo Farah can ensure it ends in glory for Team GB at 11/8.

It is over 100 years since Britain last celebrated a long-distance Olympic gold medal, but Farah has every capability of ending this streak.

Farah finished second in the 10,000m at the last World Championships in Daegu, but thankfully his conqueror on that occasion, Ibrahim Jeilan, is not running in London.

The big downfall on that occasion for Farah was that he kicked for home too soon and when fading slightly entering the home straight, he was passed.

Getting the tactics wrong look the biggest danger for Farah again, but there are a few rivals who could capitalise on any mistakes this time.

The biggest is undoubtedly Kenenise Bekele, who is bidding to become the first athlete ever to win three Olympic 10,000m titles.

Furthermore, Bekele has never been beaten in all 14 career 10,000m races that he has finished and although he has only been running over 5,000m this season, his times have been improving in the build-up to London.

Bekele is 7/2 to win the 10,000m.

In terms of value, Farah’s training partner in the US Galen Rupp looks overpriced at 16/1 when the first three are paid out each-way.

Rupp’s finishing kick is almost on par with Farah and so will be a threat if the early pace is slow, although he has never beaten his training partner.

He certainly looks a bigger danger than Kenyan trio Wilson Kiprop, Moses Masai and the enigmatic Bidan Karoki, despite being a longer price than all three in the betting.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.