2nd August 2012
Men's 400m Hurdles Betting: Jack Green can continue his improvement to bag a minor medal
The first track event for the men inside the Olympic Stadium in the athletics competition is the 400m hurdles where Great Britain have an excellent chance of gold in the shape of their captain and world champion in the event Dai Greene. Greene has targeted these games for a long while but he isn’t the favourite for the gold medal. That accolade goes to Javier Culson of Puerto Rico who is the 11/8 favourite with Ladbrokes.
On the face of it the gold medal looks to be a two horse race but this is hurdle racing so it isn’t guaranteed to be that straight forward particularly as neither Greene or Culson have had injury free seasons. Of the rest American Angelo Taylor is never far away in major championships while Kerron Clement and Felix Sanchez are both household names in the event but both probably past their prime now.
Picking the winner of this event really isn’t easy. Culson had the better of Greene in the last two Diamond League meetings but with Greene in his home games that might give him the incentive and the drive to get his head in front. In truth I’m not convinced there is any value in either of the men even though it may well turn out to be a battle between the two.
One area where I think there is value is in the top three finish market where Dai Greene’s teammate and training partner Jack Green looks massively overpriced. Green won the test event in the Olympic Stadium and recently broke his personal best at Crystal Palace a couple of weeks ago in a time which would have been more than good enough to win a bronze medal in the World Championship last year. That improvement, of which I’m sure there is more to come given that he’s trying a new stride pattern, coupled with the adrenalin rush of the crowd and desire to succeed in his home games makes Jack Green excellent value to win a medal at a big looking 13/2.
Back J.Green to win a medal for a 2/10 stake at 7.50 with Betfred
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Author: 'Arry Allsports