World Championships 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013

The World Championship Athletics gets underway on Saturday in Moscow and if you can learn your Asbel Kiprop’s from your Silas Kilpagat’s then there are some terrific bets to be had. Moscow was of course the city where John Terry famously slipped when taking his crucial penalty for Chelsea against Manchester United in the 2008 Champions League final, let’s hope none of the following make such fatal errors at their moments of truth.

First up we’ll select Ashton Eaton, the decathlon world record holder, Olympic champion and World Silver medallist from Daegu. Whilst he’s only had the 13th highest decathlon total this year, it’s misleading as he’s been working on individual events – so much so that he’s actually set three personal bests. We believe he could easily get 8,800 points which should certainly be enough. He’s 1/3 on Ladbrokes, but you should get a price nearer 1.5 on Betfair.

In the Pole Vault we’re going to back another short priced favourite – Renaud Lavillenie who became the seventh highest vaulter in history when he cleared 6.02m at London 2012. He has every other title besides the World Championship and we cannot see his closest rivals, Holzdeppe and Otto getting enough on top of their current season bests of 5.90m and 5.91m respectively. Unless he has a terrible day, Lavillenie surely wins. At a best priced 1.25 it won’t make you rich, but it should make you money.

The 800m Women’s race is also one we have faith in the favourite – Mariya Savinova who can be backed around the 8/13 mark. She’s the defending World and Olympic champion and on home soil looks to land three straight major titles. She’s unbeaten in 2013 and although only running two races this year may be a concern for some, she’d only run three prior to success in London. We strongly fancy her to win this.

Finally, we’ll take a punt on Jennifer Suhr in the Women’s Pole Vault. She’s still priced 9/2 with Ladbrokes but as short as 13/8 elsewhere, so be quick. Suhr is the second highest vaulter this year and during the indoor season became the second woman in history to clear 5m. As defending Olympic champion 9/2 seems a great value price, even though we accept Yelena Isinbayeva is a very serious competitor and rightful favourite, even if she hasn’t won a major event outdoors in five years.

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