Team GB medal hopefuls in action (6 August)
Team GB medal hopefuls in action today
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Beth Tweddle – Women’s Uneven Bars
Best price – 13/8 with Sportingbet here
Beth Tweddle has already excelled in the team gymnastics and she has the chance to bow out in style (she will retire after London 2012) with her first Olympic medal. She is credited with reviving interest in British gymnastics, and after winning three world titles she is one of the favourites to win gold today. Viktoria Komova and He Kexin, after also impressing in the team event, will stand between Tweddle and a final gold medal.
Dai Greene – 400m Hurdles
Best price – massive 3/1 with William Hill
Greene’s build up to London 2012 has been affected by injury, but he ran a personal best at the Paris Grand Prix back in July to put himself back in contention for the win. He will have to overcome Purto Rico’s, Javier Culson, if he is to win gold and the Welshman has yet to beat Culson since his World Championship title in 2011. Greene is desperate to bounce back and complete a grand slam of World Championships, European Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympic titles. The Purto Rican beat him twice in July, but if Greene finds his form in today’s final, GB could claim a track gold medal.
Best price – 16/1 with William Hill here
After James DeGale winning gold in Beijing, the Great Britain boxing team have a lot to live up to, and Ogogo has taken up his mantle. The 23-year-old won silver at the Commonwealth Games and some intensive training means he goes into London 2012 in excellent condition. Ukraine’s Ievgen Kytrov is the man to beat, but after working with Carl Froch may be able to go all the way this summer and record another surprise gold for Team GB. After beating the world number one Ogogo won’t fear any anyone.
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. Her final is tonight and Bleasdale has the third highest indoor jump of 2012 to her name. If she continues to improve so rapidly a medal is a real possibility for the Britain.