Get our weekly sports email:

Spreadex betting blog

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Connor Campbell - Market Analyst at Spreadex

Sports Blog 11/08/2016: Rio 2016 Preview – Athletics, Friday 12th to Sunday 14th August 2016

That also means some of Britain’s favourite stars, and best medal hopes, are set to make their first appearance in Brazil, including Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah.

Ennis-Hill will begin her Heptathlon defence on Friday just over 4 years since she won gold in London, and heads into the event at an Index spread of 28-31 (where the gold medallist gets 50 points, the silver medallist gets 25 and the bronze medallist gets 10). In London Ennis-Hill won the 100m hurdles and 800m, coming 2nd in the 200m and long jump, 5th in the high jump and 10th in both the shot put and javelin.

Yet not too far behind the Sheffield hero is her Team GB rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who goes into Friday with a Heptathlon Index spread of 22-25 and will be looking to beat her 14th place finish on home soil back in 2012. Beyond the British pair Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who came 10th in London, has the 3rd best Index spread, at 16-19.

Friday also sees the Women’s 10000m, with Team GB’s hopes of a medal pretty slim, their best chance being Jo Pavey at a meagre 0.1-1 spread. The clear favourite is Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana, at a spread of 39-42, ahead of her fellow countrywoman, and 2 time 10000m Olympic gold medallist, Tirunesh Dibaba, who sits at a spread of 20-23. Ayana is currently the 5000m World Champion, and has the 2nd fastest speed in that event of all-time, trailing only Dibaba; yet Ayana actually beat Dibaba in her debut 10000m race at the end of June, making her favourite to win her first ever Olympic gold medal in Rio.

Finally in the early hours of Sunday morning (for those on GMT at least) Mo Farah will attempt to capture his second Men's 10000m gold medal at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange. Farah is the overwhelming favourite for the event, at an Index spread of 41-44, with Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor (who finished 2nd to his British rival at the World Championship in Beijing last year) a fair way behind at 18-21.

Recent posts:
Premier League Season Totals preview
Premier League and Relegation Index preview
Rio 2016 Tennis preview
Championship + FA Community Shield preview
West Ham vs Domzale preview

Find out more about sports spread betting

View our helpful video guide here to find out more about sports spread betting.

We also have video guides to help you find out more about football spread betting, to find out more about cricket spread betting and to find out more about spread betting on horse racing.


Spread betting carries a high level of risk to your capital and can result in losses larger than your initial stake/deposit. It may not be suitable for everyone so please ensure you fully understand the risks involved.

Spreadex Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, provides an execution only service and does not provide advice in any way. Nothing within this blog should be deemed to constitute the provision of investment advice, recommendations, any other professional advice in any way, or a record of our trading prices. This blog does not constitute or form part of an offer of, or solicitation for a transaction in any financial instrument, nor shall it or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract therefore. Any persons placing trades based on their interpretation of the comments or information within this blog does so entirely at their own risk.

No representation, warranty, or undertaking, express or limited, is given as to the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained within this blog by Spreadex Ltd or any of its employees and no liability is accepted by such persons for the accuracy or completeness of any such information or opinions. As such, no reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information and opinions contained within this blog.

The information contained within this blog is the intellectual property of Spreadex Ltd and is protected by UK and International copyright laws. All rights reserved. Users may however freely download, distribute and reproduce extracts of the contents, subject always to accrediting Spreadex Ltd as the source and providing a hyperlink to