Team GB medal hopefuls in action today (1 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 – 61/100 with Betfair here
Fresh from opening Danny Boyle’s London 2012 ceremony and winning the Tour de France, Wiggins is heavy favourite to win the Time Trial. He already has three gold medals; one from Athens in 2004 and two from the successful Great Britain cycling team in Beijing. Fabian Cancellara looks like being his nearest competitor, but few would bet against Wiggins going on to have an even more remarkable summer.
Nick Dempsey – Windsurfing RS:X
Best price – 4/1 with Ladbrokes here
Nick Dempsey is part of an extremely competitive windsurfing line-up with the top six competitors priced at 4/1 to 6/1 to win gold. The Britain will be hoping to improve on what was a disappointing fourth place at Beijing and he will have to overcome world No 1, Nimrod Mashich, to win the gold. He won gold at the world championships in 2009, a competition that was held at Weymouth and Portland, the venues for this year’s sailing events, so he knows what it takes to win here.
Emma Pooley – Time Trial
Best price – 11/4 with Bwin here
It could be two medals in the men’s and women’s time trial today, with Emma Pooley looking to improve on her silver from Beijing. The 29-year-old has been at the top of this category of cycling for four years now and she must overcome the German racer, Judith Arndt, to land gold. The time trial course at London 2012 is flatter than the road race, which may count against Pooley as she excels on the climbing sections.
Fran Halsall – 100m Freestyle
Best price – 5/2 for a top three finish here
Ranomi Kromowidjojo is the outstanding favourite in the 100m freestyle at 1/18 (almost Celtic level odds) so you’d be foolish to bet outside of her winning gold. Fran Halsall will be dreaming of a silver medal but can easily win the bronze at this event. She has qualified for three individual disciplines, as well as two of the GB relay teams, with a gold more likely to come in the 50m. Watch out for Halsall in the 50m freestyle on Thursday.