Men's Keirin Olympic Odds
LONDON, England (TheSpread) – The cycling sport of Keirin is about patience and timing. Here is a look at the odds to win this event in the 2012 Olympics.
In this event, cyclists have a mass start and will sprint behind a pace car or bike. The cyclists can’t pass the pace vehicle, but it does gradually gain speed before leaving the track about 700 meters prior to the end. From there, it is a sprint to the finish for the competitors.
According to oddsmakers, Chris Hoy of Great Britain is the favorite to win the gold, as he has 8/11 odds. Other short odds to win are Gregory Bauge (4/1) of France and Maximilian Levy (5/1) of Germany.
Hoy is 36 years old and is competing in his fourth Olympic Games. He is the defending Olympic champion in this event and also in the four-time world champion for keirnin, including 2012.
Bague is a 27-year-old cyclist with a lot of potential but also coming off a 1-year suspension in the sport for missing doping tests. Bague is a sprint specialist, but has not had much world success in keirin.
Levy is 25 years old and was a competitor in this event back at the 2008 Olympics. He placed tied for 13th. In the 2012 world championships, Levy placed second in this event.
The 2012 Summer Olympics will take place from London, England from July 27 through August 12 of this summer. For the complete odds for which cyclist will win the gold medal in the men’s keirin, see below.
2012 Summer Olympics – Men’s Cycling – Keirin – Odds To Win Gold
Chris Hoy (GBR) 8/11
Gregory Bauge (FRA) 4/1
Maximilian Levy (GER) 5/1
Mickael Bourgain (FRA) 11/1
Rene Enders (GER) 11/1
Azizulhasni Awang (MAS) 12/1
Teun Mulder (NED) 22/1
Christos Volikakis (GRE) 28/1
Kazunari Watanabe (JPN) 33/1