Rio 2016 Betting Tips: British trio aim to emulate Brownlee triathlon success
Triathlon: Women’s Race.
The men’s race a couple of days ago taught us a few things. The British athletes are simply not crumbling under the unique pressures of an Olympic games. Also that World Series success doesn’t necessarily translate to the choppier waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the punishing gradient of the bike circuit.
Team GB bring a trio of hopefuls into this race, all with podium chances. Helen Jenkins had the highest finish in London four years ago but the 32-year-old may be just past her peak this time around. Instead Welsh wonder Non Stanford could be the pick of the bunch after finishing second in last year’s Rio test event.
Winner in that test event and stand-out favourite here is the American Gwen Jorgensen. Aside from far more wins than anyone this season she should be slightly better placed than the British girls to deal with the crippling temperatures expected on Saturday.
Back Non Stanford to finish in the top 3 @ 2.80
Back Gwen Jorgensen to win gold @ 1.52
Taekwando: Women’s +67kg Round of 16 to Final.
Bianca Walkden will be trying to follow in the golden footsteps of Jade Jones later today. Her first bout will be against Papua New Guinea’s Samantha Kassman at 16:30.
Walkden, the 2014 European Champion and the 2015 World Champion, will be justifiably among the favourites here. Her chances are aided by the absence of the Russian athlete Olga Ivanova who won Silver and Bronze in those respective Championships.
Walkden’s biggest challenge will likely come from one of Maria Espinoza or Shuyin Zheng. Both have actually just jumped above Walkden in the latest World Rankings but the Brit has proven more capable in the big pressure bouts.
With all three of those kickers currently priced at 4.10 or above for gold, backing all three could even be a tactic.
Back Bianca Walkden to win gold @ 4.40
Back Maria Espinoza to win gold @ 4.10
Modern Pentathlon: Men’s Event.
Team GB hopeful Jamie Cooke will be looking to become the first British male to win an Olympic Pentathlon medal since 1988.
After not being selected in 2012 despite earning the qualification standards Cooke missed out on vital experience, but has inherited a burning desire to prove selectors wrong which has served him extremely well since. He’ll be among the favourites here.
The French athletes should pose the stiffest competition. The Valentins, Belaud and Prades are ranked second and third in the current World Rankings.
The swimming gets under way at 16:00 with the final running and shooting events taking place at 22:00.
Back Jamie Cooke to finish top 3 @ 2.00
Back Valentin Belaud to finish top 3 @ 2.00