Team GB medal hopefuls in action (31 July)
Team GB medal hopefuls in action today
Find our full Olympic betting pack here. We’ve previewed the young stars you won’t want to miss, looked at the men’s football tournament and identified some of the Team GB stars who could pick up a gold at London 2012
Best price – 7/2 with William Hill here
The Great Britain hockey team entered the Olympics ranked 4th in the world and they will be in the hunt for a bronze medal come the end of the hockey tournament on August 10th. A 4-0 win in their first match was a perfect way to open their campaign. An injury to captain, Kate Walsh, five minutes from time was the only negative that could be taken from the match. The women’s team finished runner-up in the Championship Trophy at the start of the year but will be hoping to improve on a fifth place finish in their most recent tournament outing.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson – Men’s Star
Best price – 11/2 with Betfair here
A gold in Beijing means hopes will be high for Great Britain in the Star category of sailing. Injuries have affected their preparation though, and the Brazilian pair are now favourites to land the gold medal. Percy and Simpson have put in a shift to get back to full fitness in time for London 2012, and ran the Brazilians close for top spot in April. A gold is possible but the silver is a more realistic target.
Best price – 6/1 with Paddy Power here
Byrony Shaw became Britain’s first ever windsurfing medallist in Beijing in 2008, when she took home the bronze medal. The 29-year-old has improved since that bronze in 2008, and despite being ranked fourth at the last world championships she will fancy her chances of at least matching her previous Olympic success. She won gold in 2009 and if it all goes her way this summer could hope for an Olympic gold medal.
Chris Bartley, Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers and Rob Williams – Men’s Lightweight Fours
Best price – 5/4 with Paddy Power here
This foursome have had a very impressive build-up to London 2012 and start as 5/4 favourites with the bookies for a gold medal. Australia will be the nearest challengers, although Team GB overcame them in their last run out in Munich. This gold was preceded by a silver at the rowing world cup, and then a bronze medal in Lucerne. Great Britain are finding form at just the right time and could defeat their Australian rowing rivals.