The men’s 400m event is one that will be watched all across to world when it takes place this evening. It is one of the main events in what is sure to be another fascinating day at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
After breezing to the final, 19-year-old sensation Kirani James seems to be the man to beat at the moment.
Even at the age he is, James is no stranger to the limelight or performing on the big stage. He won the World Championships last year and looks in great shape to take a gold medal here.
James’ chances of winning seem to have got bigger now after the man who seemed to be his big challenger, LaShawn Merritt pulled up with an injury and did not qualify for the final.
Merritt is the defending Olympic Champion so it is certain that we will see a new gold medallist in this event.
In terms of some contenders, Luguelin Santos is another who has the ability to set the world alight at the age of just 18.
Not too many will have heard of Santos which could suit him as the pressure may be somewhat off. However, with Merritt missing out he will know he has a better chance of taking a medal.
Then there are the Borlee brothers, Jonathon and Kevin who will also be challenging for a spot in the top three.
Lalonde Gordon is another big contender who will not only be challenging for a medal, but going for gold.
With the American favourite out of the race, it really has been blown wide open and although it is a shame that he is not competing – it should make for an incredible 400m.
Unlike with the shorter sprints, there is a chance to put this right if you don’t get the best of starts.
As mentioned, Kirani James is the current favourite and could be extremely tough for anyone to stop. He can be backed at 1.33 (1/3) with VC Bet.
Santos is then the man who seems as though he could challenge James. He is available at 5.50 (9/2) with Bet365.
Jonathon Borlee then leads the way in terms of outsiders with odds of 26.00 (25/1) with Boylesports. Lalonde Gordon then has the same odds with Paddy Power.
Kevin Borlee is being offered at 62.00 (61/1) with Betfair.
A win for Kevin Borlee may be out of the question but he could manage a medal, if you want some better odds on him then you can back him at 3.25 (9/4) with SkyBet.