- Women’s 100 meter track and field competition concludes with the semifinals and finals on Saturday, July 31st
- Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah remain heavy favorites for the final round of competition in Tokyo
- See the full event details, odds and final favorites below
After the preliminary round and first round of the women’s 100 meter track and field competition on Thursday, July 29th, we will find out who ultimately comes away with Olympic medals when competition comes to a close the morning of Saturday, July 31st.
With the semifinal round taking place at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday in Tokyo, a total of 18 sprinters will fight for a spot in the final round later on Saturday morning. The semifinal round of 18 will be narrowed down for the finals at 8:50 a.m. ET, when we will then find out who will come away with gold, silver and bronze in 100 meter competition.
As was the case for the preliminary and first rounds, the semifinals and finals can be viewed live via streaming on Peacock, fuboTV and NBCOlympics.com, and coverage will also be available to watch during primetime NBC broadcasts on replay.
Olympic Women’s Track 100m Semifinal & Final Odds
|Athlete (country)||Odds at FanDuel|
|Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)||-105|
|Elaine Thompson-Herah (JAM)||+185|
|Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CIV)||+470|
|Dina Asher-Smith (GBR)||+1000|
|Shericka Jackson (JAM)||+1500|
|Blessing Okagbare (NGR)||+3100|
|Daryll Neita (GBR)||+10000|
|Teahna Daniels (USA)||+10000|
|Javianne Oliver (USA)||+10000|
|Murielle Ahoure (CIV)||+10000|
|Tatjana Pinto (GER)||+10000|
|Asha Philip (GBR)||+10000|
|Tynia Gaither (BAH)||+10000|
|Mujinga Kambundji (SUI)||+10000|
|Jenna Prandini (USA)||+10000|
|Ajla Del Ponte (SUI)||+10000|
|Michelle-Lee Ahye (TTO)||+10000|
|Alexandra Burghardt (GER)||+10000|
Odds as of July 30th
Favorites Remain the Same
As was the case coming into the start of 100 meter competition last Thursday, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is still the heavy favorite at -105 for the semifinal and final rounds. In the first round, Fraser-Pryce took first in her heat with a time of 10.84, which was good for third overall to qualify to advance.
The heavy favorite will try and sprint for her seventh Olympic medals, having also medaled in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The 34-year-old has two gold medals (2008, 2012), three silver medals (two in 2012, one in 2016) and one bronze medal (2016).
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce making a 10.8 look real easy pic.twitter.com/SEoLBK0QIg
— Travis Miller (@TravisMillerFlo) July 30, 2021
The next two favorites among the final 18 sprinters are Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica (+185) and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Côte d’Ivoire (+470). Thompson-Herah placed first in her heat in round one with a time of 10.82, which was the second-best time among sprinters. Competing in her second straight Olympics, Thompson-Herah recently claimed gold in the 100 meter race in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Ta Lou recorded the best time in the opening round of 100 meter competition on Thursday, finishing first in her heat and best overall with a time of 10.78. That time matched the African record in the 100 meter sprint, while also setting the fastest Olympics 100 meter qualifying time ever. Ta Lou, competing in her second straight Olympics, finished fourth in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro to finish just outside of medaling.
WHAT A RUN!
✅ She sets the fastest #Olympics 100m heats qualifying time ever.
— #Tokyo2020 (@JoySportsGH) July 30, 2021
Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith (+1000) dropped from the third-best favorite coming into 100 meter competition to fourth overall following the first round, where she placed second in her heat with a time of 11.07. The United States will be represented in the semifinals and potentially the finals by Teahna Daniels and Javianne Oliver, both carrying +10000 odds. Daniels finished first in her heat in the first round with a time of 11.04, while Oliver placed second in her heat in the opening round while clocking a time of 11.15.
Best Bets to Medal
While looking at the final 18 sprinters remaining in the field heading into the semifinal round, it’s still hard to go against Fraser-Pryce and betting on her to come out with another Olympic gold medal by the end of the 100 meter competition. The betting odds of -105 back that up, as she has been dominant to this point and should be the favorite to stand atop the podium on Saturday.
Outside of Fraser-Pryce, there are a few others to keep an eye on to pull off an upset, most notably Thompson-Herah and Ta Lou. Thompson-Herah has shown the ability to pull off an upset throughout Olympic trials, and Ta Lou’s opening round results were impressive enough to push her into this conversation as a favorite to at least medal.
But if you’re placing a bet specifically on who will come away with gold in Tokyo, go with Fraser-Pryce on Saturday.