All bets are off: Black Friday in St George causes betting carnage

Alistair Brownlee and Kristian Blummenfelt are the new joint favourites for Saturday’s IRONMAN World Championship in St George.

The pair were both slashed to 3/1 from 4/1 by UK bookmaker Sky Bet for Saturday’s showpiece in Utah after reports emerged on Friday that previous 5/2 favourite Gustav Iden is out.

Brownlee and Blummenfelt are responsible for the last three Olympic titles, Alistair claiming gold in London and Rio before Kristian surged to glory in Tokyo.

On Saturday they now head a men’s field which has been decimated by big-name withdrawals.


Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden (Photo Credit: Eric Wynn / IRONMAN)

Iden had been trading as favourite before his withdrawal on Friday – TRI247 first reported last week that he and Blummenfelt had suffered interrupted preparations due to cold.

Now Brownlee and Blu head the field as stated, with Canadian star Lionel Sanders next on 9/2. Then comes 2014 World Champion Sebastian Kienle on 11/2 and American ‘Big Unit’ Sam Long on 13/2.

Next on 10/1 we have a trio of contenders – Dane Daniel Bækkegård, Kiwi Braden Currie and dangerous Aussie Cameron Wurf.

Pro Women Odds: Kat out of the bag

In the women’s race there have been plenty of bets for Britain’s Kat Matthews.

Daniela Ryf speaks to the media (Photo Credit: Eric Wynn / IRONMAN)

She was originally given a one-in-three (33%) chance but that’s now jumped up to 40% as a result of the support – and she’s clear favourite.

Defending champion Anne Haug is seen as her biggest rival at 31%, with four-time winner Daniela Ryf on 22% and that trio dominate the market.

Again that echoes our experts’ verdict with all of them going for them as their 1-2-3, albeit not in the same order – as does John Levison in his in-depth look at how the race will pan out.

But will they – and Sky Bet – be right? We’ll find out soon enough!

How they bet – men

Alistair Brownlee – 3/1Kristian Blummenfelt – 3/1Lionel Sanders – 9/2Sebastian Kienle – 11/2Sam Long – 13/2Cameron Wurf – 10/1Daniel Bækkegård – 10/1Braden Currie – 10/1Kristian Hogenhaug – 12/1David McNamee – 14/1Kyle Smith – 14/1Matt Hanson – 16/1Andreas Dreitz – 20/1Ben Hoffman – 20/1Jan Van Berkel – 20/1Florian Angert – 25/1

How they bet – women

Kat Matthews – 6/4Anne Haug – 9/4Daniela Ryf – 7/2Heather Jackson – 6/1Skye Moench – 6/1Lisa Norden – 8/1Ruth Astle – 10/1Fenella Langridge – 14/1

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