Brazil 2016: Women’s Field Preview

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Brazil 2016: Women’s Field Preview

The Wolf breaks down all of women’s field events at the 2016 Olympic Games including high jump, long jump, pole vault, discus, hammer throw, shot put and javelin. Complete with full previews and tips.

Shot Put: Aug 12th 22:30
Kiwi Valerie Adams chases history and a third consecutive gold medal. She is a 2 time Olympic champion, 4 time world champion and 3 time Commonwealth Games champion. At one stage she managed 56 straight wins at major events. She has a career best 21.24m which is almost half a metre better than her closest competitor. Her absence from the world’s last year allowed Schwanitz to claim the title. Lijiao Gong has thrown a season best 20.43m and The Wolf rates her a better chance of challenging than Schwanitz. Best chance at odds is American Michelle Carter who came second at the world champs and has shown that she can consistently find her mark. Can’t throw as far as her rivals but rarely fouls which gives her an outside chance.
Best: Valerie Adams ($1.80)
Other: Michelle Carter ($11)

Hammer Throw: Aug 13th 09:20
Anita Wlodarczyk is the dominant female hammer thrower. Her 80.85m at last year’s world championships was almost 5m better than her closest rival Zhang Wenxiu. It took an Olympic record to beat her in London and The Wolf cannot see any of her rivals coming close to her. Heidler and Zhang haven’t thrown further that 76m this year while Gwen Berry’s 76.3m was thrown out due to a positive test. As suggested by the odds Wlodarczyk is a cut above the rest of the field.
Best: Anita Wlodarcyk ($1.10)

Long Jump: Aug 13th 22:30
Ivana Spanovic may be ranked number one but she is not the one to beat in Rio. American Brittney Reese is in career best form and her 7.31 earlier this season is a clear best! Stratton (7.05) and Moguenara (7.16) are the only other to clear 7m this year. It puts Aussie Brooke Stratton in line for a medal and a new PB could see it come in the form of a gold colour. Reese made just two legal jumps in London but it was enough to get her gold and after setting a new career best she will claim back to back Olympic gold. Reese to win from Moguenara with Stratton to claim bronze.
Best: Brittney Reese ($2.00)
Other: Brooke Stratton To Win A Medal ($3.50)

Discus: Aug 16th 09:015
Another field event yields another odds on favourite but The Wolf says it will not be as easy as turning up for Perkovic. She was edged out by Caballero at the world champs last year and despite having thrown more than 70m on multiple occasions it is a mark that has never been hit at the Olympics. She set an Olympic record of 69.11 to win gold in London and it is a mark that Caballero is more than capable of surpassing. The Cuban may be below her best this season but by no means should she be this price. The Aussie interest comes in the form of Dani Samuels  but despite being a World and Commonwealth champion The Wolf has her missing out on a medal.
Best: Caballero ($7.50)

Pole Vault: Aug 16th 22:30
Katerina Stefanidi is the world number one and favourite but The Wolf is more than happy to lay he in what shapes as a very open field. Clearing your first attempt at any height is always important as it may be the difference between a gold medal and missing out altogether. Stefanidi has dominated the Diamon League but is unproven at this level. American Sandi Morris leads the field with a season best of 4.93 compared to Stefanidi’s 4.86. She was 4th at the world champs and has cleared 4.95 indoors. She is the one to beat while the value lies with New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney. At just 20 years of age she continues to set career best marks and her latest was a 4.80 in Dunedin earlier this year.
Best: Sandi Morris ($3.60)
Other: Eliza McCartney ($34)

High Jump: Aug 18th 22:30
The absence of Russians Kuchina and Chicherova makes this a very open field. The Wolf though has cut it down to two with Lowe and Jungfleisch the only two to clear 2.00m this year. Junglefleisch in particular shapes as genuine value. She set a career best of 1.99m to finish 6th at the world’s last year and has improved that to a 2.00m this year. Another personal best is sure to be good enough for a medal and at $26 we have to back her for gold. Chaunte Lowe is still the one top beat and anything close to her PB of 2.05 will grab gold.
Bet: Chaunte Lowe ($3.50)
Other: Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch ($21)

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