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Olympics 2016

Well there will be some more sibling rivalry between British triathlon greats Alistair and Jonny Brownlee when they contest the Olympic Triathlon event this week. Older brother Alistair is the reigning Olympic Champion in the event and he along with Jonny should be in contention for a podium finish at the 2016 event in Rio. Their main challenger in the field is Spaniard Mario Mola and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if those are the three on the podium at the end of the gruelling test.

The Triathlon is on Thursday from Rio and Alistair is 8/11 favourite at online betting site Bet365 to retain his title. However, Alistair has slipped down the world ranking because of an ankle injury that he had to fight through. The last titles for the 28 year old came in 2014 when he claimed the World Team, Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Games Team gold medals. He has been such a dominant force and the sport through that experience counts for a lot.

Just to prove a point after getting back from his injury he has triumphed in his last two races in the World Triathlon Series. In those events (Leeds and Stockholm) the Brownless finished with a 1-2, so again, they should be right in the medal hunt. But while Alistair is the reigning champion and going off as favourite for the Olympics, how much value is there in backing the younger brother Jonny to come good? He is a tempting 6/1 shot to take the victory in the Olympics, trying to improve upon the bronze medal which he took at the 2012 Olympic games in London.

Reasons to get behind Jonny would be the mental approach as he has said that he has changed his mentality to one of expecting to beat his brother. With the drop in rankings of his brother because of the injury issues, Jonny goes into the Olympic event ranked third in the world. So that is something which should instil a lot of credence in the younger brother, but of course, you can’t just expect those two to rule, there is the big threat of Mola in there.

Also, no athlete has ever won more than one medal in the Olympic Triathlon, so that will put history against the Brownlee brothers. Mola wasn’t there in the medal hunt four years ago, as fellow Spaniard Javier Gomez took silver, splitting the Brownlees. The Rio course will kick off with a big swim in the waters of Copacabana beach and then they will hit the same bike course that the Olympic Road Race went through. That was a treacherous, highly technical ride that the contestants had to come through in that one, a course that troubled the majority of the riders.

Then the event finishes with the 10k run and that is where Mola could have a big advantage over the Brownlee brothers. He is the better runner because he has more speed in the tank so where the British athletes can really build an advantage is early on. The swim could be the all important factor because that is probably where they are the strongest of the field. That is where, Alistair in particularly, can make a strong case by pulling out a lead over his competitors. Don’t expect this one to be an easy win for whoever lands the gold.

Olympics 2016 Triathlon Betting

Alistair Brownlee 8/11, Mario Mola 9/4, Jonathan Brownlee 6/1, Richard Murray 12/1, Vincent Luis 14/1, Fernando Alarza 14/1, 33/1 bar

Olympics 2016 Triathlon Top Three Betting

Alistair Brownlee 1/6, Mario Mola 8/15, Jonathan Brownlee 11/10, Vincent Luis 2/1, Richard Murray 5/2, Fernando Alarza 4/1, bar 8/1

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16th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Olympics 2016

There will be more medal hopes for Team GB through recycling, and Jason Kenny should be making a splash on Wednesday in the Men’s Sprint Outright. Kenny took the gold in the 2016 Track Cycling World Championship back in March, beating out his main competitive Matthew Glaetzer (Australia) in the final. Kenny is a triple Olympic Champion as it is and he should be well in the medal picture in Rio.

It was a mixed run against Glaetzer in the Final, losing the first of the best-of-three sprints narrowly, before taking a tactical victory in the second and then the Australian had no answer to him in the deciding run. Kenny took gold in the 2007 Olympic Team Sprint and defending that title successfully at London 2012. He took gold in London in the Individual Sprint as well, after earning silver in the discipline four years earlier.

So this is a man with experience and a taste of winning. He is one of the favourites to get on the podium in the Men’s Sprint Outright at Rio 2016 and it should be a showdown between him and Glaetzer again. The Australian youngster won gold at the 2012 Team Sprint and took the Keirin Gold in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. But after pushing Kenny so hard at the Track Cycling World Championships this year, can he get something extra out of his tank to claim gold?

The only other players really likely to come into contention are Russia’s Denis Dmitriev after taking a bronze at London 2012, but the 30 year old doesn’t look to have the speed to take it all the way, but Frenchman Gregory Bauge who took silver at London 2012 in both the Team Sprint and Individual Sprint, could well shoot for a podium finish here.

Men’s Cycling Sprint Outright

Jason Kenney 5/2, Matthew Glaetzer 7/2, Denis Dmitriev 11/2, Gregory Bauge 6/1, 10/1 bar

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11th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Olympics 2016

Great Britain Men’s Rugby 7’s team will start their quest for a medal on Tuesday, August 9th when they face Kenya in their opening Pool B match up. Team GB are in a group with Kenya, Japan and the strong New Zealand side. The top two teams from the group go ahead and reach the quarter finals. A group win for them would see them play either Fiji, USA, Argentina and Brazil,

While if Team GB end up as runners up then they would face either South Africa, Australia, France or Spain in the quarter finals. So winning the group and hopefully avoiding Fiji (who should win Group A) could be the best route ahead for Team GB. But of course, their crunch match in Group C will come against New Zealand. Team GB are 10/3 shots to win Group C, with the Kiwis going as 2/7 outright favourites there.

Team GB will also play Japan on Tuesday, before the big clash with New Zealand on Wednesday. The quarter finals are also played on Wednesday with the semi’s and Final itself in the Olympic Rugby 7’s contested on Thursday 11th.It was actually England who qualified for the Olympics, through the 2015 Sevens World Series (when they finished fourth). But as Team GB they are able to select Scottish and Welsh players too.

There is a big task ahead of them though, with Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand waiting in the mix. They are the strong powerhouses with Fiji having cruised to the 2015 Sevens World Series title, having won it the previous season as well. So that’s a good indicator and poor South Africa have finished runners up in each of the last four editions of the Sevens World Series, while New Zealand have won four of the last six, finishing third on the other two occasions.

Really the only other horse in the field is Australia who are in the mix but are not considered to be as strong as the other nations mentioned there. They are probably around the same mark as England are in the pecking order.

Olympic Rugby 7s Outright

Fiji 9/4, South Africa 9/4, New Zealand 5/2, Great Britain 10/1, Australia 10/1, USA 20/1, 33/1 bar

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10th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Olympics 2016

So there are 60 players contesting the Olympic 2016 Golf Tournament and this will still be a fascinating contest, even without the top four in the world taking part. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day have all decided to not go to Rio because of health concerns over the Zika virus, but the tournament, which is the first time that the sport has appeared in the Olympics in 112 years goes on without them of course.

Actually six of the top ten in the world won’t be attending. The tournament is a straightforward affair, a normal scrap over 72 holes of stroke play. The event starts on Thursday, August 11th and will conclude on Sunday, August 14th. Because there are medals up for grabs here and with ties a pretty common affair in the sport, there there will be a three-hole play off to settle any medal position if players are tied up. So that’s the only difference really to come there.

Each nation has a maximum of four players and qualification was based on the official world rankings. The top fifteen automatically got invites while the remaining places in the field then went to the highest-ranked players from countries who hadn’t filled two spots in qualification. The tournament is set to be played at Barra da Tijuca which is actually a course built upon what was used to be a sand quarry.

The course has been built specifically for the Olympics and it’s not what you would expect. It is more of a links-feel course with no trees lining the course anywhere but there will be sand and native grass awaiting any shots that get off line. So with the more Open-feel about the course, will that bring Justin Rose into contention, who likes the type of course that will be awaiting him? It’s similar to what you find in the Sandbelt in Australia and that is something that Rose enjoys. With the big withdrawals from the tournament, Rose is running at 12/1 to win gold.

Henrik Stenson is top of the pile though at a price of 6/1 and he has risen in stakes since his Major victory this year at The Open. He has also played at Castle Stuart as well, the Scottish links course that this one is based on. Form’s not a question, so he should be in the mix. Sergio Garcia has remained a strong option and while he went pretty well at the US PGA recently over the early stages, the big question over him would have him holding his confidence to the degree it needs to be at over the four rounds. Matt Kuchar is one of the better priced contenders, the American having one fairly well at the World Cup of Golf in 2013 on a very similar track. Then you have Martin Kaymer who is on form at the moment and he looks to be a pretty decent fit for the course as well.

Our tips for the contest would be Justin Rose as he sounds confident about the course, track and conditions and he seems to be pretty clued in. The other man in terms of value would have to be Patrick Reed who looks a brilliant fit for getting close here. He is overflowing with passion and pride and has been talked about a lot in the gold medal hunt here. He recently carded a 10th place finish at Castle Stuart in the Scottish Open and that should put him in great standing for the Olympic medal places.

Olympic Golf Outright Odds

Henrik Stenson 6/1, Sergio Garcia 7/1, Justin Rose 12/1, Rickie Fowler 14/1, Bubba Watson 14/1, Patrick Reed 14/1, Martin Kaymer 14/1, Matt Kuchar 16/1, Danny Willett 22/1, 25/1 bar

Olympic Golf To Win a Medal

Henrik Stenson 7/4, Sergio Garcia 9/4, Justin Rose 9/2, Bubba Watson 11/2, Rickie Fowler 11/2, Patrick Reed 11/2, Matt Kuchar 6/1, Martin Kaymer 11/2, Danny Willett 15/2, Emiliano Grillo 10/1, 11/1 bar

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9th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Mo Farah

Britain’s long distance runner Mo Farah delivered the goods in the 10,000 metres, taking the gold medal on an emotional Saturday night. Now, after qualifying with ease for the 5,000 metres final, he is the joint favourite for the 5,000 metres. With the confidence of one gold medal behind him and the home support at the Olympic Stadium, as long as Farah gets thing technically and tactically right on the night for the 5k, then he really should be bringing home the gold. His closest challenger with be Dejen Gebremeskel who is trading at the same price as Mo Farah at 7/4 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Farah has dominated things in the 5,000 metres for the past couple of years, taking the 2010 European Gold, The 2011 World Championships and the 2012 European title in the distance. Ethiopian Gebremeskel took bronze at the 2011 World Championships in the 5k and if Farah just posts somewhere near his personal best in the 5,000 final of the London 2012 Olympic Games, then Dejen Gebremeskel is probably not going to have enough speed to really challenge. So a great chance of a double gold for Mo Farah.

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8th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Kery-Anne Payne

Two time World 10km Open Water champion Keri-Anne Payne will look to add to Great Britain’s gold medal haul as she takes on the marathon on Thursday. Payne, the poster girl of British swimming took the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in the sport, but after capturing the 2011 World Championship title, the 24 year old looks in great shape to bring home a gold. She is the favourite in the Olympic 10km Marathon event and as long as she gets things right on the day and avoids all the crowds scrambling for position, she should be in the top two at the end of the race. She is the one to catch, but she will come under pressure from Martina Grimaldi. The Italian took the silver behind Payne at the World Championships in 2011, and that was just by a gap of fractions of a second.

So that kind of challenge is going to be as close this time around between Payne and Grimaldi, but they are the stand out talents in the big pack of swimmers. In Olympic Swimming – Women’s 10km Marathon Winner Betting Odds, Keri-Anne Payne is trading at a price of 6/4 with online bookmaker Bet365, with Grimaldi not far back at 7/2. Greece’s Marianna Lymperta, who finished third at the World Championships is right back out at 8/1, with other competitors Melissa Gorman and Cecilia Bigaioli out further at 10/1. But all eyes at Hyde Park will be on Keri-Anne Payne, who has been training on the course and she will have massive support.

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8th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Hockey Center - Olympic Park (London)

Great Britain v Netherlands men’s Olympic hockey betting is the semi final showdown to look forward to. Team GB cut things pretty close in their group, almost blowing their lines in a pretty tough group. They started strongly with wins over Argentina and a Pakistan, but there was a disappointing draw against South Africa wedged in between those results, which could have cost them dearly. That is because in their penultimate match they had to go up against group leaders and tournament favourites Australia, which meant that Spain and Pakistan could close the gap on the Brits. Against the Aussies, Great Britain fell behind 3-0 in the match, but then staged a remarkable comeback. Goals from Clarke, Middleton and Tindall gave Team GB a rousing recovery to steal a point away from the Australians. That was a massive point in the end, because when it came down to their final group match, against Spain, all that Britain needed was a point in order to qualify for the semi finals. It was a point they got, just about, as Spain fiercely contested a penalty goal decision which they thought should have stood as a goal. If it had, then Spain would have qualified at the expense of Great Britain.

So, Team GB get their bite at trying to get their hands on a hockey medal, but they will be underdogs. While they remained undefeated in their group stage, showing some good resilience at times as well through their matches, they have to face up to the Netherlands. Holland went their their group stage winning five matches from five and scoring 18 goals along the way. That is the power which they possess and they have looked relatively untroubled in their progress and will start the semi final as a firm favourites over Great Britain. The Netherlands can produce a very controlled and powerful game and it is likely that Team GB will be on the back foot for most of the game, trying to chase possession. So they will need some of that steel in order to try and grab an unlikely win here. Their star striker Ashley Jackson will be needed to snap up any of the limited chances which will come their way.

Great Britain v Netherlands men’s Olympic hockey betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Netherlands Evens, Great Britain 2/1, Draw 10/3

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8th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Olympics 2016

Great Britain v Argentina Women’s Olympic Hockey betting is the semi final match up to look at. Great Britain qualified in second spot from their group behind the Netherlands and almost blew their chances after a strong start to their campaign. Suffering a 2-1 defeat against China in their penultimate match, put them at huge risk of going out because they faced the Dutch in the final game. Team GB lost that match 2-1, but they were offered a lifeline as China blew their lines against bottom side Japan. Had the Chinese won that, they would have qualified ahead of Team GB. So can the British Women’s Hockey side go one step further and guarantee themselves a medal at the London 2012 Olympics? Well, they are going to have a tough side against the current World Cup holders and the number one ranked side in the world. Argentina took the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, but along with the Netherlands are one of the favourites to get the gold.

Argentina did suffer a couple of surprise results during their group stage, taking a shock defeat against the USA and being held to a 0-0 draw with Australia. So there are maybe signs that there are weaknesses, but they have also flexed their muscles with wins over Germany, New Zealand and a 7-1 thrashing of South Africa. The South Americans will be favourites in this semi final match and Team GB are going to have to dig deep. They need to get themselves more organised at the back, because the Argentina Lionesses are pretty clinical and ruthless when going forward. How much will those back to back defeats in the group stage have hurt Britain’s confidence too?

Great Britain v Argentina Women’s Olympic Hockey betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Argentina Evens, Team GB 9/4, Draw 3/1

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7th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Hockey Center - Olympic Park (London)

Great Britain v Spain men’s hockey betting is the final match of the pool stage. Great Britain go into this final encounter level on points at the top of Pool A with Australia. A tremendous 3-3 tie against the Australians kept Great Britain in the hunt for a place in the semi final. There is still some work to do though in this incredibly tight group. A defeat for Great Britain against Spain would see the Spaniards leap-frog Great Britain, eliminating the host nation. Australia and Pakistan are also in the hunt as they go head to head and there is the same scenario there. So any four of the sides can get through and it is all down to the wire now. Great Britain struck back from 3-0 down against Australia in their previous match to tie things up and the confidence which they should have taken from that will be immense. That was a big momentum shift which they really need to convert on Tuesday.

Spain though, after a stuttering start with a draw and a win, have rattled off back to back wins against South Africa. So they are not going to be pushovers as they have a big agenda of their own here and will know what awaits them. The advantage that Great Britain will have though, is that they play the match last on Thursday, so they will know exactly what needs to be done. Add that up with the support of the home crowd, and there is a good chance for Team GB. As long as Pakistan don’t beat Australia, then Great Britain will know that a draw will be enough for them to get through to the knockout stage. So plenty of exciting scenarios to watch out for in Great Britain v Spain men’s hockey betting. This is the final step before the semi finals.

Great Britain v Spain Men’s Hockey Betting at online bookmaker Bet365
Great Britain Evens, Spain 2/1, Draw 3/1

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6th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Andy Murray (England) - Winner Shanghai 2011

It is all going swimmingly for Andy Murray at the London 2012 Olympic Games so far and Sunday will see the big Andy Murray v Roger Federer betting finale in the gold medal match. This is a remarkable repeat of the recent Wimbledon Grand Slam final, and while Roger Federer took the honours on that occasion, will the roles be reversed in the Olympic Games? Well, Andy Murray goes into the encounter as the underdog simply because of Federer’s world number one standing and the Swiss superstar’s triumph at SW19 this year. Federer’s craft was far too much for the British number one on that occasion, and it is Federer who starts at 4/6 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365. Both of the players are looking for their first individual Olympic gold medals, Federer does have a doubles one from four years in Beijing, but for Murray, a win on Sunday on centre court would be the biggest triumph and biggest moment of his career.

Murray played an almost flawless match against former world number one Novak Djokovic in his semi final match. It was a high quality match, and the defence from both players was absolutely superb It is that high level of ball retrieval that Murray will need in order to stand on an even keel with Federer on Sunday. There shouldn’t be too much difference between fitness levels, because although Roger Federer was embroiled in the longest ever Olympic tennis match in his semi final victory over Juan Martin del Potro, Murray played later on Friday and had to turn out in action twice as well on Saturday as he progressed through to the mixed doubles final with partner Laura Robson. Federer did admit that he was drained after his epic 19-17 victory in the deciding set against the Argentinian So can the world number one deliver after his four and a half hour semi final marathon?

The head to head stands 8-8 between Murray and Federer but the momentum is all with the Swiss star. Federer, including the win at Wimbledon this season has now won the last three on the bounce against Murray. But Andy Murray is looking confident, he is looking more relaxed in the Olympic atmosphere than he ever has done in the Grand Slams. Maybe, somewhat ironically at the end of the day, after all his failures in finals of Grand Slams, Murray will be the one to take the Olympic Gold.

Andy Murray v Roger Federer Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Federer 4.6, Murray 11/8

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4th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016










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