Olympics Day 15: Featured Bets On The Men’s 1,500 Meter

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The track and field events are some of the most intense events in the Olympics. Many are short and only last a few minutes. (Sorry, marathon runners.) But the last few meters of the event and nail-biting wait to see who won in a photo finish is almost as thrilling as the rest of the event. The men’s 1,500 meter final will be one of the last track and field events in the Olympics. For American bettors, these finals will happen in the early hours of Saturday morning.

If bettors want to take advantage of another tough pick, today is the last day to take advantage of this featured pick.

Available Bets On The Men’s 1,500 Meter

There are two types of futures available on the 1,500 meter: who’ll win the gold medal and who will just make it to the podium. The top three to make the podium are almost a given. Timothy Cheruiyot, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, and Abel Kipsang are the three runners favored to make the podium. However, the race for gold is closer than the odds suggest.

Featured Picks On The Men’s 1,500 Meter

There’s no clear favorite to win the gold medal. That makes this pick challenging, but not impossible. Right now, it’s a two-man race for gold between Timothy Cheruiyot and Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Cheruiyot is listed in DraftKings at +140 and Ingebrigtsen at +150. They’re as close as two athletes can get, and they’re both uncertain picks. However, Cheruiyot is the better pick.

Cheruiyot’s best recorded time in this event is 3:28.28. Ingebrigtsen’s best time is a second longer at 3:29.25. However, Ingebrigtsen was almost two seconds faster than Cheruiyot in the semifinals. That doesn’t mean that finals will go the same way. Runners typically save their full bursts for the finals to prevent early injuries. Their top times in other competitions are better predictors of their Olympic finals performances. That cements Cheruiyot as the best pick.

There’s some room for an upset, but not much. Abel Kipsang’s semifinals time was 3:31.65, beating both Cheruiyot and Ingebrigtsen. If Kipsang has more gas in the tank, he can be far more competitive than the DraftKings odds suggest. He’s listed at +400, but he shouldn’t be discounted because of that. He’s a good pick for someone with room for risk in their bet slip.

Summary Of Men’s 1,500 Meter Betting

Over the past week, we’ve tried to highlight betting picks from underrated sports that most bettors may not have normally flocked to.

The 1,500 meter is different. It has a lot more interest than some of the other events we’ve featured. That means the odds change rapidly throughout the day. Here’s the comparison of what the odds were yesterday morning versus yesterday evening:

 Morning OddsEvening OddsPoint Change
Timothy Cheruiyot+150+140-10
Jakob Ingrebrigtsen+125+150+25
Abel Kipsang+300+400+100

However, there’s not a lot of money going toward Kipsang, and that could be a mistake. There’s good value on him, but it may not last long. He’s not as far from the other competitors as the odds suggest. He’s a risky pick, but he’s worth the risk for bettors who want to deviate from the safe pick.This should tell bettors where the money is going. There’s increased interest in Cheruiyot and decreased interest in Ingebrigtsen and Kipsang. Other bettors are figuring out how good a pick Cheruiyot is, and they’re getting in on the action before his odds go negative.

Between our safe pick and our risky pick, bettors should have a good handle on their best options for the men’s 1,500 meter.

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