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2008 Summer Olympics Men’s Gymnastics All Around Betting Odds

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Aug/13/2008
Jonathan Horton

Who did the odds makers have slated to win the individual all around at the 2008 Summer Olympics Wednesday night?

No surprise here: China placed as the very big -550 favorite courtesy of Yang Wei.

China's Yang Wei has achieved his main goal of winning the team gold at the Olympics and said he will be in a relaxed mood when he tries to add the all-round title after letting it slip through his fingers in 2004.

Yang, unbeaten on the international stage since 2006, is the overwhelming favorite for the title in Thursday's final after topping qualifying by a comfortable margin of almost 1.5 points.

Near perfect performances on Tuesday by the 28-year-old helped China crush their rivals in the team final and he has promised there is more to come.

"As far as I'm concerned I was focusing on the team effort," the double world all-round champion, who led into the final rotation in Athens before flying off the horizontal bar and finishing out of the medals, told reporters.

"Today when we got this team gold medal, I feel that I shared an awful lot of the burden so I will be in a relaxed mood to participate in the all-around event.

"I will try and get every single gold medal," added Yang, who has further chances of standing on the podium after booking places in the finals of the pommel horse and rings.

In stark contrast is Team USA's Jonathan Horton, the American gymnast with the shortest odds, but alas they aren't all that short. Horton would pay out $1800 for every $100 bet if he were to win Monday night.

The 22-year old from Houston, Texas said he understands that if Yang doesn't make major mistakes, the gold medal will be out of his reach.

"His start values are so high," he said. "But after that anything can happen."

Fabian Hambuchen - the German representative had the next best odds after Wei. At +300 and a potential payout of $300 for every $100 bet, Hambuechen finished second to Yang at last year's world championships and is feeling in the mood for some redemption.

During the team finals Tuesday, Hambuechen fell off the high bar, the apparatus where he is the defending world champion.

Germany finished fourth behind the U.S. in the team competition.

"I missed the bar, it happened, I'm not going to think about it," Hambuechen said. "Now I have another chance."

To Win Individual All Around.  BetUS.com had all your odds up until the starting time of 11 pm EST Wednesday night.  Odds on nearly all other Summer Olympics events also available.

1 Yang Wei CHN -550

2 Fabian Hambuchen GER +300

3 Kim Dae Eun KOR +500

4 Kohei Uchimura JPN +700

5 Koki Sakamoto JPN +1500

7 Chen Yibing CHN +1800

8 Jonathan Horton USA +1800

9 Rafael Martinez ESP +2500

10 Benoit Caranobe FRA +2500

11 Dmitry Savitski BLR +2500

12 Jose Luis Fuentes Bustamante VEN +3000

13 Luis Rivera Rivera PUR +3000

14 Maxim Devyatovskiy RUS +3000

15 Nathan Gafuik CAN +3500

16 Philipp Boy GER +3500

17 Flavius Koczi ROU +3500

18 Kim Soomyun KOR +3500

19 Adam Wong CAN +6000

20 Anton Fokin UZB +6000

21 Alexander Artemev USA +10000

22 Enrico Pozzo ITA +10000

23 Daniel Keatings GBR +10000

24 Thomas Bouhail FRA +10000

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