Sun, Aug 7, 3:43pm by Staff Writer
After an incredible opening day of competition on which the Australians won two gold medals in the pool and lead the overall medal tally we turn our attention to Day two hoping to see some more podium action.
Before we do though, congratulations to Melbourne’s Mack Horton, The bespectacled 20-year-old became a national hero when he saluted in the 400-metre freestyle. He also races in the 1500 metre freestyle next Saturday where he’s currently on the third line of betting at $5.
Then, just under an hour later, the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle team not only won the gold medal but also set a new world record. The Campbell sisters swam the final two legs, steering the Aussies home and ensuring the Aussies defended the title they won in London 2012.
Onto Day 2 and once again there are plenty of Australians in action and once again our best hopes of medals will come in the pool with the men’s 4 x 100 metre relay team hoping to emulate the women’s team and do the double. Australia is $1.91 favourite to win the event that they have not won since the famous night in Sydney when Ian Thorpe anchored the team and out-touched Gary Hall Junior of the USA by the smallest of margins. This will be the most competitive event of the night with Australia’s two main challenges coming from the USA and France teams. The final takes place at 12:52pm on Monday afternoon our time.
Over in the Shooting, Laetisha Scanlan is on the third line of betting at $4.80 for gold in the women’s trap event. She was sixth at the Rio 2016 test event and has been in strong form throughout the year. It’s a wide open event with the favourites all in the $4 bracket. The final is at 11am.
After a slow start, The Opals won easily against host nation Brazil on Saturday, they take on Turkey at 6:30am and are very short at $1.05. It’s a similar story on the rugby field with the women’s sevens team starting their campaign in superb fashion on Saturday when they defeated Fiji 36-0 and Colombia 53-0 thus qualifying for the quarter finals where they take on the USA at 2:30am on Monday. They head into that contest as unbackable favourites at $1.01, the USA are $14.
The Kookaburras beat neighbours New Zealand 2-1 on the first day of competition and are red-hot favourites to beat Spain who they meet at 9:30am on Monday. They are $1.40 favourites to win their group and progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.
There are also Aussies in action in Shooting, Gymnastics, Judo, Rowing, Cycling and Tennis. Interestingly, Sportsbet has moved the over and under market from 13.5 to 14.5 after Australia had such a successful opening day.
*All of the above odds are provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing
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