London 2017 World Athletics Championships Betting Preview

Updated Monday 25th February 2019, 01:43 PM

The 2017 World Athletics Championships will get underway at the London Stadium this Friday 4 August, and conclude on Sunday 13 August. This will be the biggest athletics event to be held in the capital since the London 2012 Olympic Games, and so it is being referred to by many as London 2017. Usain Bolt and Mo Farah will both be appearing for the final time before moving on to other things and are hot favourites to win their events, but who else do the bookmakers expect to make headlines?


Mo Farah has won more medals than any other British athlete, and will be looking to add to his gold medal tally of 18 by winning the 10000m and the 5000m before switching to road racing. Whilst the other contenders in those competitions have undoubtedly earned their right to be involved, Farah dominated both events in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and looks set to do the same here.

Type Odds Bet Now
Men’s 5000m Winner
Mo Farah
Muktar Edris
Yomif Kejelcha
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Men’s 10000m Winner
Mo Farah
Geoffrey Kamworor
Bedan Karoki
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Usain Bolt is known by many as the fastest man in the world, having established World Record times in both the 100m (9.58s) and the 200m (19.19s). The 30-year-old Jamaican has an outstanding chance of winning the 100m at the London Stadium, and will also be participating in the Men’s 4x100m Relay.

Type Odds Bet Now
Men’s 100m Winner
Usain Bolt
Yohan Blake
Andre De Grasse
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be looking to win a medal in the Women’s Heptathlon, but favourite and Rio 2016 gold medallist Nafissatou Thiam will be tough to beat for the most valuable medal of all. Thiam’s personal best in the Heptathlon is 7013 points, whilst the personal best of Johnson-Thompson is 6682 points.

Type Odds Bet Now
Women’s Heptathlon Winner
Nafissatou Thiam
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Laura Ikauniece-Admidina
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Laura Muir is the British hopeful in the Women’s 1500m, but the favourite in that event is Sifan Hassan, closely followed by Faith Kipyegon, both of whom have much better chances.

Type Odds Bet Now
Women’s 1500m Winner
Sifan Hassan
Faith Kipyegon
Genzebe Dibaba
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Laura Muir
To Medal in the 1500m
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With dozens of events scheduled to take place, and many more world-class athletes to choose from, the 2017 World Athletics Championships will give bettors plenty to think about for the next couple of weeks. Whilst we could tip a long-shot in the hope of a clear form-pick having a bad day, we would prefer to follow the form and bet on the most likely winners at shorter prices.

We will therefore tip Mo Farah to win both the Men’s 10000m and the Men’s 5000m, Usain Bolt to win the Men’s 100m and back Katarina Johnson-Thompson each way in the Women’s Heptathlon. Since Usain Bolt is offered at the biggest of the modest prices available, we will make him our selection to win the Men’s 100m.

  •’s Top Tip – Usain Bolt to win the Men’s 100m – 2/5

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Monday, 25 February 2019 01:43:39+00:00
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