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It’s way too early to start predicting who will do what in Kailua-Kona on the second Saturday in October…but we’re doing it anyway, so don’t complain.
Starting this week, I’ll be posting weekly updates of the odds for the Ironman World Championship, as well as provide brief profiles of the top contenders. I’m going to kick things off with the men, because the odds-on favorite is not nearly as clear cut for the boys as it is for the the ladies. (If you haven’t heard of Chrissie Wellington, you should Google her.)
Note: I have no special certification that qualifies me to make odds for anything, but until Vegas starts posting multisport on the toteboard, I’ll do my best. Here’s this weeks top-10 men contenders, based on their performance in Kona last year (for those who did compete), their races thus far in 2009 and their performances in non-Ironman events (for the new-to-Ironman peeps):
- Craig Alexander (AUS) – 4:1
- Eneko Llanos (ESP) – 7:1
- Chris McCormack (AUS) – 11:1
- Rutger Beke (BEL) – 11:1
- Andy Potts (USA) – 12:1
- Normann Stadler (GER) – 14:1
- Rasmus Henning (DEN) – 16:1
- Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) – 18:1
- Andreas Raelert (GER) – 22:1
- Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) – 22:1
First 5 Out: Chris Lieto (USA), Torbjorn Sindballe (DEN), Cam Brown (NZL), Faris Al-Sultan (GER), Eduardo Sturla (ARG)