Mon, Aug 15, 1:38pm by Staff Writer
As the Olympics move into its twilight the team sports close in on the finals. Australia has two teams in quarter-finals on Day 10 – Women’s Hockey and Water Polo. On the track the younger brother of Aussie fast bowler Mitchell, Brandon Starc jumps for gold.
After securing their place in the quarter finals with a 2-0 win over Japan on Sunday the Hockeyroos take on New Zealand at 11pm AEST. It’s shaping as a close one according to the bookies, with the Aussies slight favourites at $2.20, our Trans-Tasman neighbours are at $2.63 and the draw is at $3.50. Our men were eliminated following a 4-0 loss to the Netherlands on Sunday.
In the water polo, the Aussies take on Hungary at 3:10am. The Stingers are coming off a 10-3 win over host nation Brazil. Australia is $1.60 favourite to progress to the medal games, Hungary are $3.16.
Elsewhere on Day 10, Australia’s flag bearer Anna Meares takes to the track in the Sprint. She is a $17 chance with Great Britain’s Becky James the favourite at $1.67. Also on the track, Glenn O’Shea is $21 to win the Omnium Time Trial. Mark Cavendish is favourite at $2.25 after claiming the Men’s Team Pursuit with Britain on Sunday.
Onto Athletics and Usain Bolt is odds on to win the 200-metre final to go with the 100-metre gold that he won on Sunday. The whole world watched on with baited breath when the Jamaican flyer won the blue riband event from America’s Justin Gatlin. Bolt is $1.08 to do the double from Gatlin at $13 and LaShawn Merritt at $17. The heats start at 12:58am AEST.
Also on the track, Brandon Starc qualified for the final of the high jump. The brother of Aussie fast bowler Mitch was a spectator during Bolt’s exploits before clearing the 2.29 metres to qualify for the final, which will be held at 9:30am. Starc is at $2.90.
There are also Aussies in action in Equestrian, Boxing, Canoeing, Wrestling, Sailing and Gymnastics.
*All of the above odds are provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing
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