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Aussies rowers, swimmers lead Day 5 gold medal charge

Wed, Aug 10, 12:44pm by Staff Writer

Day five provides Australia with two more genuine chances to add to their gold medal haul. The first of which comes at 11.22pm AEST in the rowing when the Men’s Quad Sculls team look to turn their fastest qualifying time into a gold medal at the Lagoa Stadium.

Also in the water but indoors this time, the blue-riband event of the 100 metre freestyle final takes place at a few minutes after 12 midday on Thursday, while Maddie Groves is  a huge chance of gold in the women’s 200m fly final.

The event that will easily have the most attention on day five is not even a medal match but the chance for the Boomers to take on Team USA is stealing all the spotlight and rightly so given the impressive start by the boys in green and gold.

Amazingly, the Boomers have come in from $71 pre-tournament to second favourite at $20 for the gold medal. The line bet in this game is what interests me though; I’ll be taking the Aussies at $1.90 to get within 29 points of the Americans. Tip off is 8am AEST.

Karsten Forsteling and James McCrae, who are part of the Quad Sculls with Alexander Belonogoff and Cameron Girdlestone will be looking to go faster than they did in London 2012 when they achieved a bronze medal. The Aussies qualified fasted and are favourites at $1.61 ahead of Germany at $4.33 and Estonia at $8.

Back to the pool and one of the blue chip events on the schedule, the Men’s 100 metre freestyle.  Australia has two genuine chances for gold in Cam McEvoy at $1.91 and Kyle Chalmers on the third line of betting at $4.  The latter really got the world to sit up and take notice when the 18 year old was the fastest in the morning session of qualifying and he backed that up by being second fastest behind American Nathan Adrian ($3.50) in the semis. That event is at 12:03pm.

Groves is $2.20 favourite in the 200 metre butterfly after the 21 year old Queenslander qualified fastest from the semi-finals. Stiffest competition is set to come from Spain’s Mireia Belmonte and Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi who are at $3 and $5.50 respectively. Another Aussie Brianna Throssell . is $34.Nicknamed ‘The Mad Dog’, the whole nation will be hoping, Groves can bring home her first Olympic gold medal at 11:54pm.

Elsewhere on Thursday, the men’s Rugby Sevens will need to rebound quickly if they are to emulate what the women counterparts achieved by winning the gold. They lost their first match to France 31-14 before bouncing back to defeat Spain 26-12. Next up is South Africa at 12:30am. They are outsiders to win the gold at $26 and $4 for any medal.

At midnight, the Hockeyroos take on India needing a win to get their medal chances back on track. It hasn’t been a good start for the girls who dropped their opening two games to Great Britain and the USA respectively both by two goals to one. They are $1.10 favourites to bounce back with the Indians at $13.

There are also Aussies in action in Shooting, Cycling, Water Polo, Archery, Beach Volleyball, Judo and Tennis.

Best Bet: The Boomers to get within 29 points of Team USA: $1.90

Best Outsider: Multi up the Boomers to get within 29 points of USA and the Men’s Quad Sculls team for gold at: $2.94

*All of the above odds are provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing

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