2022 IAAF World Championships
Venue: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Event Date: July 14 – July 24
The eighteenth edition of the World Athletics Championships will get underway on Friday, July 15. This event – which will be held in the Oregon city of Eugene – was supposed to take place in 2021 but was delayed for a year became of the Covid 19 pandemic. Specifically, it was delayed so that the World Championships would not be taking place in an Olympic year (after that too was delayed).
There will be 49 events with world champions crowned by the time the championship wraps up on Sunday, July 24. There will also be a team trophy awarded for the first time with the winning country being based on points won in individual events. Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be taking part in the events, but the rest of the world will be treated to a feast of athletics.
Here is a look at who we think will be winning some of the bigger events on the card. All prices and odds are coming from BetXchange, the best place to play when betting on sports.
Men’s 100m – Christian Coleman – 15/2
Fred Kerley is the odds-on (13/20) favorite here and his 9.76 seconds time is the best in the world this year. He also seems to be peaking at the right time after running his world-best time in the semi-final of the USA championships. He is the safe bet, but his price is underwhelming.
Christian Coleman is another who seems to be peaking at the right time. The defending champion was slow at the start of the year, but his 9.87 time at the USA champs suggests he is getting together.
Look for Jamaica’s Oblique Seville as an outside shot at 27/1. His 9.86 in May was his season best by 0.14 seconds.
Women’s 100m – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – 31/20
I mean she is just a machine and is going for a fifth title after first winning a World Championship in 2009. She has the fastest time in the world this year and is the second favorite behind Elaine Thompson-Herah (13/20). Thompson-Herah is the obvious pick with her two Olympic sprint doubles, but the World Championships have never seemed to suit her and that could continue here.
Men’s 400m Hurdles – Alison dos Santos – 35/20
The heart says Karsten Warholm here and the Norweigen is 5/2 to win and become a three-time world champion. His run in Tokyo last year to obliterate the world record will go down in legend, but he has barely run this year because of injury. The smarter bet is Dos Santos, with the Brazilian running a season-best 36.80 in Stockholm recently.
Women’s 100m Hurdles – Jasmine Camacho-Quinn – (11/20)
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn has been virtually untouchable over the 100m hurdles in the last two years. Her only defeat is to Alaysha Johnson (13/2 and well worth a bet) but I like Camacho-Quinn to again prove in a championship just how good she is.
Men’s 200m – Noah Lyles – 8/10
Among the best prices you will get on a favorite in a sprint event, Noah Lyles looked awesome when running 19.50 in New York back in June. He is the American champion and while the likes of Kenny Bednarek and Joe Fahnbulleh are fast, Lyles will prove to be faster.