GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Ahead of this evening’s 400 meters final, Grenadian star Kirani James is being backed at 1/25 to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
James, the Olympic champion from London 2012, has been in fantastic form this season – where he leads the world with a personal best of 43.74 seconds.
The 21-year-old effortlessly strolled into the final with a 45.15secs performance on Tuesday night and Sky Bet believes it will a comfortable victory for the quarter-mile star in the deciding race.
James is also being back heavily to erase the 44.52secs Commonwealth Games record, set in 1998 by Iwan Thomas of Wales.
Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, who came into the Commonwealth Games as he second fastest man in Glasgow, is out of the title race, which leaves the battle for the other medals wide open.
England’s Martyn Rooney looked good in his semi-final heat and he has odds of 16/1, with veteran Chris Brown from the Bahamas at 20/1 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Lalonde Gordon, the 2012 London Olympic Games bronze medal winner, at 50/1.
Rooney looked to be coming back into shape and Michael Johnson, the BBC Sport athletics expert said after he won his semi-finals in 45.22: “Martyn looks like he can run quicker.
“His execution of this race was good – he got round his first 200m well then composed himself before a strong finish. The biggest change in him is I see his attitude.
“It’s a lot more serious, focused and with belief in his talent to say ‘I should be here’ now.”
Sky Bet Commonwealth Games 400m Gold Medal Odds
Kirani James (GRN) 1/25
Martyn Rooney (ENG) 16/1
Chris Brown (BAH) 20/1
Lalonde Gordon (TRI) 50/1
Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA) 50/1
LeToy Williams (BAH) 66/1
Jarrin Solomon (TTO) 100/1
Renny Quow (TTO) 100/1