Dutch contender Dafne Schippers (2/1) is the market leader for the 100m, but her best event is the 200m. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won her national trials in 10.7seconds a couple of months ago – making her the joint-fourth fastest woman in history. Only Florence Griffith Joyner, Marion Jones and Carmelita Jeter have recorded a better time. Thompson is a great price to deliver a third successive gold medal for Jamaica in this event.
Elaine Thompson to win 100m gold – 11/3 (4.67) William Hill = WON
One of Great Britain’s leading hopes, Jessica Ennis-Hill is the defending champion in her event, the Heptathlon. The 30-year-old won World Championship gold last summer after returning from a break to give birth to her son. She will face competition from fellow Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson, but Ennis-Hill has proven she can handle the pressure on the big stage and is the one to beat.
Jessica Ennis-Hill to win Heptathlon gold – 13/8 (2.62) William Hill = LOST
Aged just 19, Katie Ledecky is on course to become the Michael Phelps of women’s swimming. The American already has nine world titles and has set 11 world records. She announced herself to the world by winning 800m Freestyle gold at London 2012 when she was 15. Now, she’s the best on the planet at 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.
Katie Ledecky to win 200m Freestyle – 8/11 William Hill = WON
The bantamweight division in Rio looks set to be one of the most competitive weight classes, with Irish world champion Michael Conlan and Robeisy Ramirez from Cuba slight favourites for gold. Behind them is Shakur Stevenson – America’s next big hope after the USA failed to win a boxing medal at London 2012.
At youth level he won many titles and the 19-year-old has performed well since stepping up to senior level, earning a place in Rio by winning the Americas Qualification Event in Argentina. Stevenson, undefeated in every one of his international fights, has demonstrated plenty of skill and boxing acumen throughout his amateur years and has an excellent chance to claim gold this summer.
Shakur Stevenson to win Bantamweight gold – 4/1 BoyleSports = LOST
The USA team are 1/10 to win gold this summer and 1/12 to win Group A – so the bookies clearly think the basketball is a done deal. I’ve picked out a value pick from the other group, backing a country who have three bronze medals and two fourth-placed finishes in their past six Olympic Games.
Lithuania were the runners-up in the past two Eurobasket tournaments, losing to France and Spain, whilst in the last World Championships, the talented American side denied them a place in the final. Spain (EVS) are favourites for Group B, but the Lithuanians beat them twice as recent as June – so the 5/1 looks like decent value.
Lithuania to win Group B – 5/1 (6.0) SkyBet = LOST
A total of 16 teams will compete for gold in the men’s football, and hosts Brazil are rightly favourites. With Neymar leading the charge, the Selecao are the team to beat. As well as the Barcelona forward, Brazil can count on PSG defender Marquinhos, Lazio star Felipe Anderson and new Man City signing, touted as the ‘next Neymar’, Gabriel Jesus.
Surprisingly, the South Americans are yet to win gold at the Games, finishing as runners-up in 1984, 1988 and 2012, while earning bronze in 1996 and 2008. This time around they have a very strong squad at their disposable and Brazil should finally earn the one title that has eluded them.
Brazil to win Men’s Football gold – EVS (2.0) Paddy Power = WON
Another attractive selection in the men’s football comes from Group B. Colombia performed well at the most recent World Cup and their players will be used to the climate in Brazil, unlike their main group rivals Sweden, Nigeria and Japan. Experienced striker Teofilo Gutierrez was one of their best performers in 2014 and arrives in Rio in good scoring form – the 31-year-old scored 12 goals on loan at Sporting Lisbon last season.
Colombia to win Group B – 5/2 (2.25) BetFred = LOST
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