Team GB medal hopefuls in action (5 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 – 6/1 with Ladbrokes here
Robbie Grabarz has had a phenomenal 2012 and a gold could well be within his reach (excuse the terrible puns). He won his first European title last year and his personal best from 2012 is just one centimetre away from the British record. His best jump last year put him 44th best in the world, so his rise to a viable medal winner is remarkable. The 24-year-old has recorded the third highest jump in this discipline in 2012 and he has a great chance of taking gold.
Louis Smith – Pommel Horse
Best price – 6/5 with William Hill
After helping Team GB to a surprise bronze medal in the team gymnastics, Louis Smith is back in individual action today and he is favourite to win gold in the Pommel Horse event. He won bronze as a 19-year-old in Beijing and after winning gold at the Commonwealth games he is clearly improving with age. Three silvers at European Championships have confirmed his prowess and he could add a gold to what would be a superb gymnastics effort from Team GB at London 2012.
Jason Kenny – Men’s Sprint
Best price – 5/2 with Bet365
Jason Kenny was chosen over Chris Hoy for the Men’s Sprint and the Englishman will be up against a tough opponent in Gregory Bauge of France. Buage has dominated the event in recent years, with Chris Hoy tasked with defending the more ‘winnable’ of his two events from 2008. Kenny can step up to the plate though. He inherited gold in the 2011 World Sprint Championship, after Bauge was disqualified for doping, and finished second to Hoy in Beijing. If Kenny can break the Frenchman’s stranglehold on the event, gold will beckon.
Ben Ainslie – Men’s Finn
Best price – 4/7 with Ladbrokes here
Ben Ainslie will compete in his fifth Olympiad this summer and he is heavy favourite to win gold at London 2012. He has dominated the event in recent years and will surely add to his haul of three gold medals and a silver. However the Englishman is far from, infallible. He capsized his boat at a pre-Games regatta in June and went on to finish second. Denmark’s Jonas Hogh-Christensen stands between Ainslie and a fourth gold, with the event concluding today.