- The Olympic Men’s 4 x 100m Relay has already produced a shocker with Team USA not qualifying
- Andre De Grasse buoyed Canada to a second-place finish in the heats. Can Canada upset the Jamaicans?
- Check out the odds, analysis, and betting predictions below
The men’s 4x100m relay is one of the bigger events of the Olympics. Now, the race for the gold medal begins at 9:50am ET on Friday.
All events take place at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. They will be live or streamed on NBC, NBCSN, NBC Olympics, and Peacock.
Here are the odds for the men’s 4×100-meter relay along with the best bet.
Men’s 4 x100m Relay Final Odds
All odds as of August 5 at DraftKings
De Grasse Helps Canada in Heats
The heats featured a few surprises but the one that stuck out a little more came as one of the fastest times was from Canada. Andre De Grasse won a Bronze medal in the 100m and Gold in the 200m race. De Grasse was alluded to in this preview as a possible medal contender again. His last 25 meters gives the Canadians a chance to medal.
TRACK: Mere hours after winning gold in the 200m, Andre De Grasse anchored the 🇨🇦Canadian 4x100m relay team into the Olympic final with the third-best qualifying time.
— Ben Steiner (@BenSteiner00) August 5, 2021
There are few runners quite like De Grasse. He is unique in the sense that there has been a rebirth of some runners with this Tokyo track. Look at how much faster the Canadian looked in the 200-meter final. He ran a 19.62 on a night where it did not seem possible given the heats and the speed. De Grasse was grossly underestimated.
The Canadian ran his race and showed just how fast he was over the final 25-30 meters. What may be scary is he left a little in the tank for Friday morning’s final.
Can De Grasse carry Canada to a gold medal? Gold is possible. That is absolutely not out of the question. His anchor leg may be better than the Jamaicans even.
Americans Not Qualifying Changes Everything
The United States was expected to win silver or gold in the relay in a showdown with the Jamaicans. There was no way to expect what happened in their heat.
I need a stats person to go back and look at the past 30 years of important 4 x 100m men's relay races. Unquestionably USA has had the strongest 4 men the majority of those years (today included) & numerous times they have drop the baton or missed their handoffs. #hardtobelieve
— Barrie Shepley (@Barrieshepley) August 5, 2021
Again, the video is just as stunning. At least, the baton was not dropped this time. Some argued it might as well have been. It is estimated the bungling of the handoff cost the Americans about two-tenths of a second. They finished 0.18 seconds behind China, who won the heat. Canada was right there along with Italy.
This result jolted everything. With the Americans out, Canada, Italy, and China all believe they have a medal hopeful now.
Jamaica Looking Like Best Bet
Jamaica ran a 37.82 in their heat and definitely had something left in reserve for Friday. Again, their heat did not feature the same level of competition as the Canada heat. Great Britain was able to stay close for a bit but the Jamaicans just had too much speed. Furthermore, their handoffs were seamless. The sprinters’ accelerations were notable as well.
Jamaica looking good in the men’s 4×100 per usual
— D. Smith (@diszy2011) August 5, 2021
Jamaica should have their best runners (Yohan Blake and Oblique Seville) in the final, no question. Canada expects to feature Andre Brown and Andre De Grasse. Italy has the 100-meter gold medalist in Lamont Marcell Jacobs. While China does not seem to have very fast runners, they are efficient and yet finished with quite a kick in their photo finish with Canada during Heat 2.
The hardest thing is to base form off qualifying but overall this race looks to be Jamaica’s to lose. Does Hansle Parchment run in the relay for Jamaica? At this point, the Jamaicans just have to run their relay and account for De Grasse. There is no holding back on the anchor leg. That is where this race will be won or lost. Can De Grasse close the gap at the end? Our answer is no, as Jamaica holds off the Canadians.
The Pick: Jamaica (+130)