Day Four Olympic Sports Betting Preview
The best sporting bets of day 4 of London 2012
We’re scanning the field for the very best prices on the best sporting bets every day of London 2012. Here’s what to look out for on day four of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Equestrian – Team Eventing
It’s been four decades since Great Britain galloped away with the Gold medal for Team Eventing, but with a host of top riders in the British team, this is the best chance GB has had in many years. Currently the team, featuring Zara Phillips, is in Silver position, and is a little way back from the strong German team.
However, an exceptional cross-country performance from Team GB on day three has pushed the team back into contention for Gold, narrowly sneaking ahead of Sweden before the final day of competition.
Despite home advantage for the British team, the Germans are strong favourites to be at the top of the podium this evening, though, and are a very backable 4/5 at SkyBet, although patriotic betters will see plenty of value in the 21/10 available at BWin for Team GB to upset the odds in front of a passionate home crowd.
Gymnastics – Women’s Team All-Around
Against both expectations and history, GB walked away with a Bronze and very nearly Silver on day three of the Men’s Team All-Around Gymnastics, and it’s the women’s turn today to try to emulate their male counterparts.
Yesterday’s medal drama in the gymnastics arena was not only controversial, with a second place finish snatched away thanks to a successful appeal by eventual runner-up Japan, but the third place was the first time the British team had won any kind of gymnastic medal in over 100 years.
Women’s team stalwart, Beth Tweddle is competing in her last ever Games, and produced a wondrous performance to help propel the team into the final, although the team remains outside bets for a Gold, with Ladbrokes offering optimistic betters 50/1 for a British win. The USA are odds on to win, but a strong Russian team is an excellent bet to win at 7/2 with William Hill, and the 11/10 Tote Sport are offering for a Chinese top three finish looks to be one of the bets of the day.
Swimming – Women’s 200m Medley
It wouldn’t be an Olympics without a controversy of some description, and sadly the headlines on day four are as much to do with American insinuations about potential doping from Chinese sixteen year old sensation, Ye Shiwen as they are about the sport itself, after her World Record breaking swim in the 400m Medley on day one, where the young swimmer swam faster than US male star swimming star, Ryan Lochte.
Executive Director of the World Swimming Coaches Assocation, John Leonard has descbed the performance as “unbelieveable” and “disturbing”, claiming parallels with former drugs cheats, like Michelle Smith in Atlanta 1996 and the infamous East German swimming team, who used performance enhacing substances.
Despite the negative headlines, Shiwen will be feeling very confident about adding to her first Gold in the 200m, and is the overwhelming favourite with bookmakers, with some offering no better odds than 1/66 to win Gold. However, bearing in mind the way the Chinese swimmer destroyed the 400m World Record, BetFair’s 13/25 to break the 200m World Record too looks a very decent bet.
There is also British interest in the final, with Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley following her good fifth place in the 400m final by achieving a place in the 200m final also. However, she remains a rank outside at 100/1 with Bet Victor, although a reasonable 63/10 with BetFair to place within the medals.
All odds correct as 08:36am on Tuesday 31st July 2012