Shakes-Drayton beaten in our 416/1 World Championship sixfold
Perri Shakes-Drayton leads the British charge on day six of the World Athletics Championships, with four athletes in finals hoping to claim medals.
Golds do look out of the question though, but rather than be miserable, punters could take note of our six likely winners, that combine to make a 416/1 accumulator.
Bohdan Bondarenko holds the high jump world lead with 2.41m and not only is he expected to win gold, many will feel that he has a shot at breaking Javier Sotomayor’s 2.45m world record, which has stood for 20 years.
Watching the Ukrainian jump the early heights in his warm-up attire will be interesting viewing and his big competition may come from Mutaz Essa Barshim, who is worth an each-way bet at 14/1 to finish in the first two.
Ukraine could be set for two gold medals if Olha Saladuha can win a second triple jump world title, especially as she qualified for this final with the longest leap and has the world lead in 2013.
However, Caterine Ibarguen is unbeaten in the Diamond League this year and can continue this to hand Colombia a first ever World Championship gold medal.
It is a case of old against young here as Kenyan duo Ezekiel Kemboi and Conseslus Kipruto go head to head, with the older Kemboi chasing a sixth successive steeplechase World Championship medal.
But relative rookie Kipruto is unbeaten in five steeplechase races and has beaten Kemboi twice in this period. He can edge it again.
The run of tipping favourites continues and Zuzana Hejnova looks the banker of the evening, given the comfort in which she has qualified for the final and the fact she is almost guaranteed to run under 54secs, which few others can match.
For Great Britain’s Perri Shakes-Drayton, a medal is in the offering and 4/1 that she takes the bronze is a big price.
Whereas Hejnova should win by at least 10m, it would be no surprise if four or five athletes finished this close together in the men’s equivalent.
Favourite Jehue Gordon has the worst lane draw of the main principles and Michael Tinsley has not been all that impressive in qualifying, meaning the door is ajar for Omar Cisneros to cause a slight shock.
Abeba Aregawi is the obvious one to beat, but in a race with so many variables her price of 1/5 is worth taking on.
Faith Kipyegon has looked strong throughout the rounds and is the pick, although defending champion Jenny Simpson and even Britain’s Hannah England could be dangerous if the early laps are slow.
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