Team GB medal hopefuls in action (4 August)
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 – 11/8 with William Hill here
Mo Farah will be hoping to have a much improved second Olympiad, and he is the favourite to win this distance and the 5,000 (at slightly longer odds). A sixth in Beijing in the 10,000m has been long forgotten and the 29-year-old won gold at the 2010 World Championships in both distances, only the fifth man to have achieved this. His nearest rival for the win in the 10,000m looks to be Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, who is the current Olympic gold medallist. A relocation to Portland has paid handsomely for Farah, and his form in the World Championships in South Korea indicates he should fight for a win today.
Holly Bleasdale – Pole Vault
Best price – 9/4 for a medal finish with Ladbrokes here
Holly Bleasdale has only be competing in the pole-vault for four years, which makes her rise to the top at the age of 20 a remarkable ascent. She will be competing against, arguably, the greatest women’s pole vaulter of all time in Elena Isinbayeve, so gold seems wishful thinking. Bleasdale has the third highest indoor jump of 2012 to her name, and if she continues to improve so rapidly a medal is a distinct possibility for the Britain.
Jessica Ennis – Heptathlon
Best price – 22/25 with Betfair here
Ennis is the poster girl for the GB track athletes and arguably the most well fancied out of the whole Great Britain squad. The Sheffield born star has topped the world rankings for three years and if she can handle the occasion she could bring home a superb athletics gold. Injury ruled her out of Beijing, and after beating her two nearest rivals in the Hypo-Meeting in Austria, she looks good for Britain’s first heptathlon gold since Denise Lewis in 2000. The Heptathlon concludes with the 800m this evening. Don’t miss it.
Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell – Women’s Team Pursuit
Best price – 2/7 with Paddy Power here
Fingers crossed, but this should be a guaranteed gold for Team GB. The final is due to take place on Saturday and the young trio of British athletes have dominated in this discipline all year. They set won gold in February at the World Cup, saw off competition at the World Championships in April en route to setting the current WR. Don’t be surprised if that world record is beaten this summer.