4th August 2012
Men's Sprint Betting: Jason Kenny can add the individual sprint title to the team title he won on Thursday
The sprint events are the events which create the most fervour inside the Velodrome and the Men’s version of the sprint begins in the Olympic Velodrome on Saturday morning. Before the team sprint France’s Gregory Bauge was deemed a strong favourite for the gold medal but the way British riders have been conquering all before them that enthusiasm on Bauge has eased somewhat. He is still an 8/13 favourite with Skybet to win the event though.
Unlike the team sprint, the individual sprint is a much more tactical and much more cagey affair. The first thing to note is after the initial one lap time trial there is no clock involved in the event. Once the riders are ranked the competition goes into a knockout format with two riders at a time racing against each other in best of three race matches. It is literally about who beats who to the finish line to progress.
We saw in the team sprint that Bauge wasn’t at top speed and while this is a different event in that it is tactical and mano el mano I’m still not sure I want to be taking him at odds on in this event even though he is the world champion in it from Melbourne earlier in the year. His draw wasn’t too difficult in that competition and I believe he needs to find a lot more than what he showed on Thursday to win this.
The British team are absolutely flying at the minute and at the World Championship Jason Kenny beat Chris Hoy in what turned out to be a bit of a race off for the right to race in this event at this Olympic Games. You don’t beat Chris Hoy in a sprint if you haven’t got the power, determination and most of all the tactical nous so all those things being in Kenny’s favour as well as the experience of riding at previous Olympic games not to mention the pull he’ll get from the British crowd inside the Velodrome, all make him a good looking bet to me at 9/4 in what looks like a two horse race.
Back J.Kenny to win Men’s Sprint for a 3/10 stake at 3.25 with Bet365
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Author: 'Arry Allsports