Brazil 2016: Day 2 Tips, Sunday Aug 7
The Wolfs’ best bets for Day 2 of the Games.
Women’s Volleyball (1pm AEST)
It is impossible to go against Brazil ($2) on their home court. After claiming gold at Beijing and London, they are red-hot favourites to make it three straight in Rio. Since 2004, Brazil have eight golds, three silvers and a bronze from 13 World Grand Prix appearances, winning three of the last four. Thaisa Menezes is one of the greats on the world stage and should lead her team to gold again.
Rowing: Men’s Single Sculls (9:30pm AEST)
Kiwi Mahe Drysdale ($1.60) has been unstoppable this year. Won the Olympic gold in London, holds the world record and has streaked away at the two World Cup events most recent.
Archery: Women’s Team (10pm AEST)
The Wolf doesn’t want to sound like a broken record but load on on South Korea ($1.40). This is the best bet for archery at the Olympics and the Korean women will make light work of their opponents. They have won the women’s team event dating back to Seoul in 1988 when it was first introduced. As mentioned their trio are all ranked in the top 6 and they have Olympic and World Championship success in their ranks. This is a no contest!
Men’s Handball (10:30pm AEST)
In addition to winning gold at the last two Olympics, the French ($2.25) national side have also won 3 of the last 4 World Championships. The came up well short at the EHF Euro’s earlier this year but that should come as no surprise as it has been a common theme in an Olympic year. Claude Onesta has been at the helm for 15 years now and under his guidance the team has never won the title in the same year as the Olympic Games. The Olympics has been set as the target and this year is no different. Their squad boasts three men who have been named World Handball Player Of The Year – namely Nikola Karabitic, Thierry Omeyer and most recently Daniel Nacrisse. The trio have been stalwarts at the the back and have made France neat impossible to break down in big matches. Don’t worry too much about the group stage – when it counts they will suffocate their opponents into submission.
Gymnastics: Women’s Vault (10:45pm AEST)
Simone Biles ($2.50) goes in a marginal outsider against Beijing gold medallist Hong Un-Jong. The North Korean starts favourite but is 27 now – ancient for a gymnast – and was beat in the 2015 world champs. Biles has medalled at the last three world champs and this is the best price we will get about the emerging champion.
Judo: Men’s 66kg (11pm AEST)
An Ba-ul ($2.20) is the current world No.1 and has dominated the half-lighweight division, taking out gold at the World Judo Championships in Kazakhstan and followed in up with victory in the Master event in Mexico in May this year. Looks to be peaking at the right time and gold is his for the taking in Rio.
Women’s Road Race (1:15am Mon AEST))
World Champion Elizabeth Armistead ($5.50), a silver medallist 4 years ago, has altered her training schedule this year in order to cope with the demanding Olympic course and she should be the better for it. She won back-to-back World Cups in 2014 & 2015 and her sole focus this year, ever since her win in the Aviva Women’s Tour, has been this race. The Wolf is making her his best bet at good odds.
Weightlifting: Women’s 53kg (1:30am Mon AEST)
China’s Li Yajun ($2.50) looks poised for Gold glory with 2014 World Champion Zulfiya Chinshanlo suspended and the current favourite Shu-Ching struggling to find her old form. The defending champ, Shu-Ching hasn’t totaled above 230 in nearly two years. Yajun has some ground to make up on Shu-Ching but tipping she can.
Swimming: Men’s 100 Breastroke (11:53am Mon AEST)
Adam Peaty ($1.33) The big South African Cameron van der Burgh is going to have his work cut out to retain his 2012 title. Adam Peaty smashed the world record last year to become the first ever swimmer to break the 58 second mark. He has already posted some pretty slick times this year and The Wolf expects him to really go on with it at Rio.
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