Olympics Day 16: Featured Bets On The Men’s Marathon

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This is the last day of Olympic betting. The final event will be the men’s water polo match in the early hours of Sunday morning. A few hours later, the Olympics will have their closing ceremony. This Olympics has been full of heroes and upsets and inspirational storylines. For sports fans around the world, it’s also been a reprieve from the stress of the pandemic.

But there are still big events whose coverage has been dominated by inspirational storylines. That can skew the odds because most amateur bettors will want to put their money on a seemingly sure thing. But that increases the odds on athletes who aren’t favored to win. And in the men’s marathon, there are two athletes whose odds are fantastic right now.

Available Bets On The Men’s Marathon

The men’s marathon only has futures bets on the gold medal winner. There are no sports betting wagers on the podium, so there’s no partial credit in the marathon bets. The marathon’s risky because of the clear favorite to win, too. However, the underdog odds have inflated value, which risk-seeking bettors can’t afford to pass up.

Featured Bets On The Men’s Marathon

The favorite to win is someone who even bettors who don’t follow track and field may know. Eliud Kipchoge made headlines for running a marathon in less than two hours. He also set a world record when he won a marathon in 2018, and he finished his first race in 2021 two minutes ahead of his next fastest opponent. Unsurprisingly, DraftKings Sportsbook favors him to win the gold with -200 odds. His next closest competitors have odds of +350 and +1,100, so this looks like a done deal.

However, his opponents can’t be counted out altogether. Lawrence Cherono (+350) and Amos Kipruto (+1,100) both ran fast times in the same December 2020 marathon. Cherono ran a 2:03.30 and Kipruto a 2:03.30 race. Both times are faster than Kipchoge’s time in his 2021 marathon. That may lead bettors to think the sportsbooks got everything completely wrong.

But that’s not quite true either. Kipchoge is pushed by the competitor closest to him. It’s important that he finished two minutes ahead of his closest competitor. It’s how he gauges his performance mid-race. We know how much he can push himself under the right conditions. He was the only man to run a marathon in under two hours in 2019, after all.

But this is the Olympics. Every athlete who makes it to the finals wants not just a medal but a gold medal. It’s a mistake to underestimate the other athletes’ capacity to find new reserves of speed during the Olympics just because there’s a great storyline on the favorite to win. Cherono and Kipruto could choose this marathon event to keep up and even pass Kipchoge. Cherono is a moderately risky pick and Kipruto is a massive risk.

Summary Of Betting On The Men’s Marathon

The men’s marathon already has a star. Everyone wants to see Eliud Kipchoge run the marathon in under two hours in the Olympic finals. However, he hasn’t done it in any other competition yet. That could leave room for one of the underdogs to come through. Our favored upset pick is Lawrence Cherono. But a major risk on Amos Kipruto is acceptable if bettors have room for that much risk on their bet slips. Besides, it’s the last day of the Olympics. What better day is there to take a little risk?

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Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a senior author and contributor for Gaming Today. He's a devout Broncos fan, for better or for worse, living in the foothills of Arvada, Colorado.

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