iBet: Who will overcome the 400m hurdles?
Men’s 400m hurdles, starts Friday
Back Javier Culson at 11/8
Back Felixe Sanchez each way at 66/1
World champion Dai Green is as short as 2/1 to win Olympic gold following some very promising performances just before the Games. The Welshman is the second fastest ever Brit at this discipline (remember Kriss Akabusi?). After a sluggish season following knee surgery, Greene produced two of the fastest performances of his life in his last two races, including a personal best time of 47.84 at the Diamond League meeting in Paris. Yet he could still not beat the favourite for the event, Puerto Rican flag carrier Javier Culson. These are the only two athletes to have broken 48 seconds this season, and it is not a vintage year for this event which has traditionally been dominated by the USA. Culson is a stand-out 11/8 with Ladbrokes and that’s bet material. Of the outsiders, Dominican Felixe Sanchez could be interesting. The 2004 Athens Olympic champion is 34 now, yet set a new 400m indoor hurdles record in February with a time of 48.78 and ran 48.56 in the same race Javier set his season’s best time of 47.78. He is as short as 14/1 in places, yet can be backed at 95/1 with Betfair to win the final and is a possible each way bet at 66/1 with Paddy Power.
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