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World Championships Athletics: Gatlin favourite to silence Bolt in 100m final

Gatlin cruised through his heat - can he go on to take the gold in Sunday's final?
Gatlin cruised through his heat - can he go on to take the gold in Sunday's final?
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Justin Gatlin continued his strong form in the 100m heats and is odds-on to defeat Usain Bolt and win gold...

"Gatlin and Bolt dominate the betting with no other runner trading at under [50.0]."

Justin Gatlin is a clear favourite to win the 100m gold medal at the World Championships following today's heats.

The US sprinter bossed his race to record the fastest time on the opening day, his 9:83 eclipsing Usain Bolt's 9:96 on a day when eight men dipped under 10 seconds.

Jamaica's Bolt, who beat Gatlin into second at the 2013 championships, is the only rival for the gold medal if the market has called it right. Gatlin trades as the [1.76] favourite with Bolt [2.36]. The two men dominate the betting with no other runner trading at under [50.0].

That final rounds out the second day of action at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing on a day when Britain expects to see Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson fight it out for Heptathlon gold.

The pair sit first and second after four events but it is the younger of the two that the developing market fancies to sit top of the pile. Johnson-Thompson is odds-on while Ennis-Hill is odds-against.

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