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Will defending 100 metres world champion Justin Gatlin pick up a medal in the event at the 2019 World Athletics Championship? Photo by: jeffmason (Wiki Commons) [CC License]
  • Will Christian Coleman win the men’s 100 metres at the 2019 World Athletics Championship taking place from September 27 – October 6?
  • Will defending 100-metre world champ Justin Gatlin earn a medal in the event this year?
  • These and other props are being offered by sportsbooks

Will the 2019 World Athletics Championship provide a new holder of the title as the world’s fastest man?

Technically, that crown belongs to reigning world 100-metre champion Justin Gatlin. But the consensus is that the man to beat in Doha, Qatar will be fellow American Christian Coleman.

The performances of both Coleman and Gatlin make up two among a long list of prop wagers being offered by sportsbooks on the World Athletics Championship, which is slated for September 27th-October 6th.

Odds Christian Coleman Wins Men’s 100 Metres

Outcome Odds
Yes -140
No +110

All odds taken on 09/25/19

Coleman Heating up for World Crown?

The 2017 NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 metres, Coleman appears poised to ascend to the title of fastest man on the planet.

Coleman endured an injury-hampered 2018 but still managed to run a 9.79 100 metres in an IAAF Diamond League event in Brussels and win silver at the World Athletics Championship in London.

This season, he’s lost only one race and posted the fastest time in the world of 9.81 seconds.

Pick: Yes (-140)

Odds Justin Gatlin Medals in Men’s 100 Metres?

Outcome Odds
Yes -205
No +165

Gatlin Gunning for Podium

Gatlin’s career has proven to be a series of up and down cycles. At the moment, he looks to be trending downward.

Twice banned for positive drug tests, Gatlin’s 2018 World Athletics Championship victory in the 100 metres was his first in 12 years.

Gatlin, 37, has gone under 10 seconds four times this season but none since June. That was a season-best 9.87-second performance at Stanford.

He was clocked at 10.29 in his most recent race in Zagreb three weeks ago and has been hampered by a minor hamstring injury.

Pick: No (+165)

Odds Daniel Roberts Wins Men’s 110-Metre Hurdles

Outcome Odds
Yes +250
No -325

Pick: No (-325)

Odds Donavan Brazier Wins Men’s 800 Metres

Outcome Odds
Yes +225
No -350

Pick: No (-350)

Odds Michael Norman Wins Men’s 400 Metres

Outcome Odds
Yes -150
No +120

Pick: Yes (-150)

Odds Noah Lyles Wins Men’s 200 Metres

Outcome Odds
Yes -1000
No +600

Lyles in Wait

The World Athletics Championship are to be Noah Lyles’ moment. Only 22, he’s already won gold medals at the Youth Olympics, Pan American Junior Championships and World Under-20 Championships, as well as winning the IAAF Diamond trophy in the 200 metres for the past three seasons.

At the US trials for the Worlds, Lyles opted to focus solely on the 200 metres, and won, beating Coleman by 0.24 seconds. Lyles owns the fastest 200-metre time in the world this season, a 19.50-second effort at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Lausanne.

Pick: Yes (-1000)

Odds Rai Benjamin Wins Men’s 400-Metre Hurdles

Outcome Odds
Yes +225
No -350

Pick: No (-350)

Odds Ryan Crouser Wins Men’s Shot Put

Outcome Odds
Yes +150
No -180

Pick: Yes: (+150)

Odds Sam Kendricks Wins Men’s Pole Vault

Outcome Odds
Yes -125
No -105

Pick: Yes (-125)

Odds for Best Placed in Men’s Triple Jump

Outcome Odds
Christian Taylor -125
Will Claye -105

Taylor and Claye are to the triple jump what Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were to the hardwood and what Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are between the boards.

They are simply the best at what they do, and when they clash, it’s epic.

They first met at the 2011 World Athletic Championships, where Taylor won gold and Claye took bronze. They’ve finished 1-2 three times in major global competitions, including the 2016 Olympic Games and 2017 World Championships.

Head to head, Taylor holds a 26-23 edge. But this year, Claye has twice topped 18 metres.

Pick: Will Claye (-105)

Odds for Best Placed in Women’s 400-Metre Hurdles

Outcome Odds
Sydney McLaughlin -115
Dalilah Muhammad -115

This year, Olympic champion Muhammad, 29, broke Russia’s Yulia Pechonkina’s 16-year-old world record of 52.34 seconds, recording a time of 52.20.

American teammate McLaughlin, 20, has beaten Muhammad twice this year, though. That includes the IAAF Diamond League final, where Muhammad finished third.

Pick: Dalilah Muhammad (-115)

Odds Ajee Wilson Wins Women’s 800 Metres

Outcome Odds
Yes -400
No +300

Pick: Yes (-400)

Odds Kendra Harrison Wins Women’s 100-Metre Hurdles

Outcome Odds
Yes +250
No -325

Harrison owns the world record of 12.20 seconds in this event but she set that in 2016. The American started strongly in 2019, winning her first 10 races.

Lately, though, Harrison has found herself chasing Jamaica’s Danielle Williams. At 12.43 seconds, Harrison’s best time this year is only third-fastest in the world.

Pick: No (-325)

Odds Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Wins Women’s 100 Metres

Outcome Odds
Yes +175
No -215

This figures to be a battle between the two Jamaican Olympic 100-metre champions. Fraser-Pryce was the gold medallist in 2008 and 2012. Elaine Thompson won both the 100 and 200 in 2016.

Adding to the drama, each owns a personal best of 10.73 seconds this season.

Thompson, 27, generally gets the better of Fraser-Pryce, 32, when they go head-to-head on the track.

Pick: No (-215)

Odds Chase Ealey Wins a Medal in the Shot Put

Outcome Odds
Yes -220
No +180

China’s Lijiao Gong is the class of this field but Ealey is the emerging star. She’s the only competitor to beat Gong this year.

Ealey finally pushed her personal best over 19 metres this season. She’s since bettered 19 metres in nine of 12 competitions during the 2019 campaign.

Gong will be golden. Count on Ealey joining her on the podium, though.

Pick: Yes (-220)

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