Brazil 2016: Day 9 Tips, Sun/Mon
Day 9 Feature Previews
Men’s Fencing: Team Epee (Sun 10:00pm)
The Team Epee wasn’t contested at the 2012 London Games so you have to go back to 2008 in Beijing where France won the gold medal over Poland. Gauthier Grumier won the bronze medal in the individual event and The Wolf is expecting the disappointment of missing the final to drive Grumier, and inspire his teammates in the process.
Bet: France ($2.10)
Women’s Marathon (Sun 10.30pm)
The marathon is always a lottery, but The Wolf has settled on Kenya’s Helah Kiprop. Kiprop won the silver medal at the World Championships in Beijing in one of the closest finishes you will ever see. Kiprop recorded a time of 2:27:36, while the gold medal winner Mare Dibaba had a time of 2:27:35, with Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa back in third with a time of 2:27:39. It goes to show that in the marathon it doesn’t take much from gold to bronze. Kiprop has since gone on to win the Tokyo Marathon in February, followed by success in the half marathon in Zwolle in June. Her 2016 form brings her right into calculations in Rio.
Bet: Helah Kiprop ($4.50)
Equestrian: Team Jumping (Sun 11:00pm)
France boast three of the top 10 riders in the world, including Simon Delestre who is out due to injury, but it shows the nation’s equestrian prowess. Not to mention they also took out the Team Dressage earlier in the Games. There’s not only a stack of talent here but also a wealth of experience. No Delestre is a hit but they are a great bet at $5 to roll the faves Germany.
Bet: France ($5.00)
Synchronized Swimming: Duet (Mon 12:00am)
Russia’s swimming duet Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina was labelled “two of the best athletes in history” by FINA. The dynamic duet would have been sweating on the International Olympic Committee’s decision to allow them to compete but now they are in, they won’t be stopped. They are poised to tie the record for the most synchronized swimming gold medals. China are clear second favourite but were no match for the Russian pair at the 2015 World Champs when second.
Bet: Russia ($1.08)
Sailing: Men’s RS:X (2.05am)
London gold medallist Dorian Van Rijsselberge and has medalled at 6 of the last 8 world champs for the class. Dominated the preliminary races. Those on at the pre-race tip of $4.50 are laughing.
Bet: Dorian Van Rijsselberge ($1.83)
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics: Pommel Horse (Mon 4.34am)
It appears to be a battle of the Brits in the Pommel Horse with Max Whitlock the $1.33 favourite over Louis Smith at $4. Both men will be looking to improve on their London 2012 campaigns with Whitlock winning the silver medal, while Smith took out the bronze. Whitlock got the better of Smith narrowly at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow and also took out the 2016 Glasgow World Cup. Whitlock also finished with 15.800 in qualifying, while Smith was back in 2nd with 15.700. It should be a British quinella on the horse.
Bet: Max Whitlock ($1.33)
Diving: Women’s 3m Springboard (5:00am)
Shi Tingmao won the World Cup event earlier in the year and is the reigning FINA Female Diver of the Year but the value in this is certainly her compatriot He Zi at around $2.60. He claimed gold at both Kazan and Windsor and was the silver medallist four years ago. Looks a great price. Jennifer Abel from Canada is probably best of the rest after bronzing at the World Cup and placing in two of the four World Series events.
Bet: He Zi ($2.60)
Cycling: Men’s Individual Sprint (Mon 6:00am)
The Wolf has been all over the Brits in the velodrome and they have delivered in spades. He tipped us into Kenny at $2.50 at the start and he has made his way into the final where he will take on compatriot Callum Skinner. Kenny goes in a deserved favourite at $1.33 and will not disappoint. He has dominated this event dating back to London and he will add yet another Olympic gold to his tally and defend his Olympic crown.
Bet: Jason Kenny ($1.33)
Weightlifting: Women’s over 75kg (Mon 8:00am)
Suping Meng has been $1.33 into $1.28 since markets first went up. The Chinese have again been a force in the weightlifting, heading the medal tally. The Chinese made a tactical late move to include Suping in the squad after world record holder Tatiana Kashirina was ruled out for Russia. She won the silver medal in the 2015 World Champs but with no Kashirina, it’ll be gold at the Games.
Bet: Suping Meng ($1.28)
Athletics: Men’s 400m (11am)
One of the best bets on the men’s track scene is LaShawn Merritt to take gold in the 400m. He won gold in Beijing before withdrawing in London with a hamstring injury. He has run 0.09 seconds quicker than any man this year and has regularly bested favourite Wayde Van Niekirk. The offer of $4.00 is a top play.
Bet: LeShawn Merritt ($4.00)
Men’s Water Polo: Australia v Greece (Monday 3.10am)
Group A in the Men’s Water Polo is wide open with favourite Serbia down in the standings, while Brazil is the surprise leader. This match could have a huge bearing on who progresses to the quarter-finals. Greece were The Wolf’s roughies before the tournament started and feels their form stacks up better than the Aussies here. They knocked off the in-form Brazil in their last match and managed to tie with both Serbia and Hungary.
Bet: Greece WIN
Men’s Basketball: Australia v Venezuela (8am)
The Boomers wrap up their preliminary matches against lowly Venezuela and should have few problems putting them to the sword if their current form holds. With a win critical to avoid meeting the US before the final, The Boomers will be on for this.
Bet: Australia -22.5 ($1.85)
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