Thu, Aug 11, 2:03pm by Staff Writer
Day 6 could prove to be Australia’s most successful to date of the Rio Olympics, with three serious chances for gold medals in the pool, while the quad sculls crew should get their chance after having had their final delayed by 24 hours and Jess Fox is favourite in the women’s K1 slalom.
Cate Campbell has always been the shortest of short-priced favourites to win the women’s 100m freestyle (12:18pm AEST Friday), and there was nothing in the heats or the semi-finals, where she set Olympic Records, to suggest that she shouldn’t stand atop the dais. She is $1.12 favourite, clear of Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak ($9) while her sister Bronte Campbell is an $15 chance.
It would be Campbell’s second gold of the meet, having anchored the 4 x 100m freestyle victory on day one, and a fitting reward for the world record holder.
Mitch Larkin just missed out on a medal in the men’s 100m backstroke but goes into his preferred 200m event as $2.63 equal favourite with American Ryan Murphy, while Russian Evgeny Rolov, the fastest qualifier from the semis, is $2.88. That race is at 11:26am.
In the women’s 200m breaststroke, Taylor McKeown is now $2.50 favourite having been originally rated an $8 chance to win gold. Japan’s Rie Keneto is $3.75 second favourite. That’s first off at 11:17am.
There is no Aussie representation in the men’s 200m Individual medley, but history again beckons for Michael Phelps, who is $1.40 to win his 22nd Olympic gold medal. Fans should not miss the chance to watch the champ in his final Olympics (12:01pm), punters shouldn’t miss the $1.40.
Earlier in the day, Karsten Forsteling, James McCrae, Alexander Belonogoff and Cameron Girdlestone are looking to make up for lost time on the water as they start $1.61 favourites for gold in the men’s quad sculls ahead of Germany at $4.33 and Estonia at $8.
Bad weather prevented any rowing action on Day 5, but that makes for a bumper Day 6 at Lagoa Stadium. Set your clock for 11:12 pm AEST for the quad sculls and 11:44pm for the men’s pair of Spencer Turrin and Alex Lloyd. They are $21 to win gold but are a huge chance for a medal behind the dominant New Zealand pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, who are $1.02.
The men’s four (Will Lockwood, Josh Dunkley-Smith, Josh Booth and Alexander Hill) are in the semi-finals of their event from 10:30pm. They are second favourites at $5 for the gold medal but could shorten significantly with a good performance in the semi.
In the canoeing, Jess Fox is shooting to go one better than she did in London in the K1 slalom. She is currently $2.75 favourite to win the event despite some nervous moments in the heats, where she qualified second. Her semi-final is at 2:15am AEST, while her final is at 4am AEST. A lot can go wrong in the Slalom, but Fox has the track record to claim Australian gold.
The track cycling gets underway at the velodrome, with one gold an offer, the men’s Team Sprint. The Australians are $34 outsiders, with the Kiwi team heavily favoured to win at $1.50. That final is at 7:25am AEST.
The men’s Golf gets underway as well in what should be an historic four days at the Olympic Golf Course. The local wildlife have taken most of the interest of the golfers to date, while Henrik Stenson ($6.50) has taken the eye of the punters. Aussies Scott Hend ($67) and Marcus Fraser ($126) aren’t considered serious chances despite the course being compared to Melbourne’s famous sand belt.
The Hockeyroos at last found some form with a win over India on Day 5, but need to back that up against Argentina in their final pool game which starts at 7am AEST. A win will secure third spot in the Group.
Suggested Bet: Phelps in the men’s 200m IM at $1.40.
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