Brazil 2016: Men’s Field Preview

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Brazil 2016: Men’s Field Preview

The Wolf breaks down all of the field events at the 2016 Olympic Games including high jump, long jump, pole vault, discus, hammer throw, shot put and javelin. Complete with full previews and tips.

Discus: Aug 12th 22:30
This one shapes as a duel between Robert Harting and Malachowski. Robert Harting is the defending Olympic champion and 3 time world champ (2009,2011 and 2013). Malachowski was the bridesmaid for a long time but broke through to win the world champs last year. He has posted a season best throw of 68.15m but the competition is not as far behind as the odds suggest. Fedrick Dacres (68.02m), Rob Harting (68.04m) and younger brother Christopher Harting (68.06m) have all manged to throw over 68m. Dacres was the leader after the qualifying stage at the world champs last year and at just 22 years of age will continue to throw a career best in the coming years. The Wolf gives him a chance at odds and says the same about the younger of the Harting bothers. Chris Harting has a habit of foul throws and if he can find the mark more often than not he has the potential to throw 70+ metres. The Wolf can see Robert Harting and Malachowski getting caught up in their own little battle which leaves the door open for the young brigade of Dacres and Chris Harting. Back the young blood at odds.
Best: Christoph Harting ($12)
Other: Fredrick Dacres ($34)

High Jump: Aug 12th 22:30
This is one of very few events in which the American don’t dominate. In fact, they have just a single athlete ranked in the top 30 in the world rankings. The absence of Italian Gianmarco Tamberi makes this a wide open event. Barshim, Bondarenko and Drouin are the three to beat and have been consistently in and among the medals at recent Olympic and World Championship events. Of the contestants at Rio it is Barshim who has a season best 2.40m but it has been close to two years since he jumped his career best of 2.43m. They haven’t gone near that height at major events though. In London 2.38m was the winning height with Drouin needing just 2.34 to win the World Champs last year. There is value to be found and The Wolf gives Donald Thomas a big chance. He managed a season and career best 2.37m in Hungary less than a month ago and has the potential to go 2.40m. That puts him right in the mix for a medal and at $15 you have to have something on.
Best: Mutaz Essa Barshim ($2.75)
Value: Donald Thomas ($15)

Long Jump: Aug 13th 03:30
The outspoken Greg Rutherford is a firm favourite and as the current Olympic and World Champion you can understand why. The competition is very deep and The Wolf can see close to a handful of men that can win this event. He says to stay clear of Henderson and has labeled Lawson the value bet of the event. He is a pure athlete and a young man who has a big career ahead of him. He’s posted a career best 8.58m this year which would have seen him win gold at any major event in the last decade. Also keep a close eye on Aussie Fabrice Lapierre. He silvered at last years world champs and has shown that he can produce his best on the big stage. He is great value to grab a medal at $3.
Best: Jarion Lawson WIN ($5.00)
Other: Fabrice Lapierre To Win A Medal ($3.00)

Pole Vault: Aug 14th 09:00
Lavillenie had a stranglehold on this event dating back to his success with gold in London but that all changed at last years World Championships. On that occasion Barber and Holzdeppe were both able to clear 5.90m forcing Lavillenie to share bronze with Lisek and Wojciechowski. There is no doubting the Frenchman and he is the only man in the field to ever clear 6.00m. He also owns the season best time of 5.96m with Kendricks his closest rival at 5.92m. It will literally be a matter of centimetres that decides this and one man who can lift is Thiago Diaz. With a rampant home crowd cheering him on he can reach new heights. He is coming off a career best of 5.90m in Italy just a few weeks ago and if he can go close to that he is in with a real shout.
Best: Renaud Lavillenie ($1.45)
Other: Thiago Braz To Win A Medal ($4.00)

Hammer Throw: Aug 17th 22:30
There is just one thing missing from the long list of achievements of world number one hammer thrower Pawel Fajdek – Olympic gold. He burst onto the scene following the London games winning the last two world championships to go with a stack of European and national titles. The scary thing is that he could get even better. He threw a career best 83.93 and his 81.87 season best is almost 2m more than his closest rival. His main challenge will come in the form of Ivan Tsikhan. The 2 time world champion won bronze in Beijing, has a career best of 84.51 (albeit back in 2008) and has produced a 80.04m effort this season. He is second to none in experience and at the big price is worth a small bet.
Best: Pawel Fajdek ($1.10)
Other: Ivan Tsikhan ($13)

Javelin: Aug 18th 07:35
Of all the favourites in the field events The Wolf rates Thomas Rohler as the best value of them all. Statistically no one should come close to him. He has produced a 91.28m throw this year which is more than 3m better than any of the other athletes. He has won 4 Diamon League events and the Diamond Race and continues to get better with every competition. Yego, has been on the decline since winning the world championships and following an impressive 92.72m throw to win gold he has managed a season best of just 84.68m. The Wolf says to stick with Rohler!
Bet: Rohler ($2.75)

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