Originally Posted by mackem790
DISCLAIMER: I'm a sports writer in the UK with reasonable knowledge on athletics (or track and field to my American chums).
Take any info at your own risk, but hopefully for a profit.
1 - Olympic stadium track is considered to be 'fast', but then all Mondo tracks are these days. Also, it's worth bearing in mind that 99% of the students who used the track at the Olympic test event will never have used one before, and will therefore think it's the best thing since sliced bread and believe it to be really quick.
2 - In summary, the 100m world record WILL NOT BE BROKEN
3 - Harting is a decent bet in the discus as he is the most consistent thrower (wouldn't go mad if his price was really short though)
4 - Krisztian Pars in the hammer is my LOCK OF THE GAMES
5 - I like Dai Greene over Culson in the 400m hurdles. Culson starts quick but fades over the last 100m, Greene has the stamina to finish strong (like in Daegu).
6 - Also like Mo Farah to get at least one medal, probably two (10k and 5k). Not sure what prices are available.
7 - Jessica Ennis WILL lead after first day of heptathlon. Her biggest concern is currently the long jump on day two.
8 - British outsiders: Steve Lewis and Holly Bleasdale in men's and women's pole vault and Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson in long jump. Only take big prices each way, but long jump standard this year is piss poor and either Brit, or even both, could sneak a medal.
Few of these binked already, including 100m WR not being broken, Farah, Pars and even GREG BLOODY RUTHERFORD
Greene lucky to scrape into final of 400m hurdles however, so that looks dodgy for later tonight.