There are five women that have dipped under the 10.80 barrier in the 100m this season. The favourite to win the event in the 2016 Olympic Games isn’t one of them.
In fact, Dutch sprint goddess Dafne Schippers has never run quicker than this, with her personal best standing at 10.81 when taking the silver medal in the women’s 100m at the World Championships in Beijing last year.
There are reasons to believe that she can too, most notably that her start is much improved. She no longer concedes so much ground in the opening 20 metres, which she struggled to make up against speedier rivals outside of Europe.
But when it comes to the women’s 100m at the Olympics, it is Jamaica that have been the dominant force across recent renewals.
Having completed a clean sweep of the medals at the 2008 Games, the Caribbean island secured gold and bronze four years ago.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce joins Usain Bolt in chasing the Olympic hat-trick, while the pocket rocket also condemned Schippers to second last year.
Fraser-Pryce is 15/4 to win gold in Rio, but has been struggling with a toe injury for a large part of the season which negatively impacts her usual blazing start. Without this, she is hard to back, especially as the 29-year-old is another to have failed to go quicker than 10.80 this season.
The fastest this year is fellow Jamaican Elaine Thompson, who beat Fraser-Pryce in the Jamaican trials when clocking 10.70, which is the briskest over the distance for four years.
Thompson is also unbeaten in her pair of 100m starts on the lucrative Diamond League, with victories in Rabat and Rome.
At 11/4, the 24-year-old’s price looks on the high side in what will be her first major championship over the distance, having previously contested the 200m only.