Sun, Jul 31, 11:33am by Staff Writer
Australia’s flagbearer Anna Meares leads a Cycling team who have provided the nation with some of its most memorable Olympic moments and Rio might just do the same. The 32-year-old will again contest the sprint, an event in which she has medalled at the past three Games and is $7 for the gold. It’s a busy schedule for Meares who will also contest the team sprint where the Aussies are $9 and the keirin where she is on the second line of betting at $4.50 having won silver at March’s world championships in London.
The men’s team pursuit is set to be one of the most compelling events at the Games. Australia is $2.37 behind Great Britain at $1.80 who defeated Australia in claiming gold at the 2012 Olympics. The Aussies have selected a strong quartet who won the final at the world championships in London in March when they turned the tables on their fierce rival. Australia has a long and proud history in this event having won gold in 1984 and then again 20 years later in Athens. The winner of this event will likely break the world record.
Matthew Glatzer is on the second line of betting at $3.50 in the men’s sprint. Glaetzer claimed the silver medal behind defending Olympic champion Jason Kenny at the London world titles earlier this year. After topping the opening qualifying round he then pushed the Briton to a deciding third race in the final. The South Australian will also contest the keirin and the team sprint, an event in which he won a world championship in 2012.
Construction delays to the velodrome forced Games organisers to twice postpone the test event until it was eventually held in late June. The event went ahead without Australia’s 16-strong contingent.
Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins added even more fuel to the fire in a recent interview with this comment “The Aussies are the worst winners in the world, and they’re the worst losers in the world” Bring it on Bradley!
*All odds are provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing
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