Since antiquity, athletics has been one of the most popular and sought-after sports disciplines. Not only do the competitions draw huge television audiences and full stadiums, but they also capture the attention of many betting enthusiasts around the world.
A little history
Track and field competitions began very, very long ago. Gradually, the interest in the education of courageous warriors who can protect their city and state from enemy attacks evolved into sports competitions on strength, agility, and endurance. The ancient Greeks originally used the category "Athletics" for all physical exercises, but after there was a division of the discipline into athletics and weightlifting.
One of the oldest athletic sports is running, the first athletic competitions of which date back to around 724 BC. Athletes had to run from one side of the stadium to the other, and they did so nakedly.
The beginning of the modern history of athletics is considered a running competition in 1837. College students in the English city of Rugby held a tournament with a distance of 2 kilometers. As time passed, one run for such a distance became insufficient, and the program of competitions gradually expanded. Students began to compete in speed at short distances, running with obstacles, throwing weights, long jump, and high jump... This sporting discipline so won the minds of the British, that in the mid-60s of the 19th century a special body, the London Athletic Club, was created by fans to popularize athletics. In 1896 the first Summer Olympics were launched, after which athletics began to flourish around the world.
Types of athletics betting
Unfortunately, athletics betting cannot boast such an abundance of coverage and depth of line as, for example, soccer, hockey, or tennis.
Winner of the race. You have to choose the athlete (team, if it's a relay race) who finishes first in a particular race.
Winner of the tournament. A bet will play if the player correctly predicts the winner of the entire event, e.g., the multisport event, rather than the winner of a single discipline.
Who's Better. Of a pair of athletes, it is necessary to correctly guess who is faster, taller, stronger.
TOP 3, TOP 5, TOP 10. These markets can also be named in the bookmaker's office lines, e.g. "will take 1st to 3rd place", "will take 1st to 5th place" and so on. For a plus bet here, it is necessary to predict an athlete's placement in the top list.
At major athletics starts, the bookmaker expands the line. For example, during the Olympics, you can find a market for the number of medals of a particular country or bet on whether a new record will be set.
- Disciplines for betting on track and field
- Running for various distances, including hurdles
- Walking events
- High Jump, Long Jump, Pole Vault
- Shot put
- Hammer, discus, and javelin throwing
- Men's decathlon and women's heptathlon
- As a rule, athletics events are won by the favorite, but that does not mean that you should mindlessly bet on the athlete with the lowest odds.
How to bet on athletics
To keep the game account from being drained in a few bets, it is necessary to have a competent approach to the selection of events and be able to analyze a large amount of information. Particular attention should be paid to the following factors.
Physical condition. If an athlete has recently suffered a serious injury or has not participated in competitions for a long time, there is a high probability that he will not be able to show the best result.
The statistics of the past performances. By reviewing statistics, it is possible to identify promising young athletes who are improving from start to finish and are a few centimeters or tenths of a second shy of making it to the medal round. We should not forget about the age changes of famous track and field athletes, who sooner or later will yield the podium to younger and "hungrier" athletes.
Motivation. Winning a tournament can significantly improve an athlete's financial situation. For example, an athlete from Thailand was paid $314,000 by the government for one gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, while athletes from Sweden, Croatia, Norway, and Great Britain receive no prize money.
That said, not everything is measured in terms of money. Many athletes dream of being an athlete who sets a world or national record that no one can beat for a long time.
The competition stage. The strongest competitors don't have to give 100% of themselves during qualifying - they have to build up their strength for a big push in the final stretch of the tournament. Less strong athletes must perform to the maximum of their abilities from the very first start, which may lead to a banal lack of strength when the finish line is closer.
Also do not forget about the weather conditions and the factor of the home stadium: this can also seriously affect the result, and this, too, cannot be ignored when choosing a bet.