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How many Olympic gold medals can the Aussies win?

Fri, Aug 5, 4:44pm by Staff Writer

On the eve of the 26th Olympics in Rio there is plenty of interesting overall medal markets to take a look at. Australia can cop most things from their Olympic athletes, even stilnox sessions on the eve of the games but the one thing we won’t cop is getting beaten by New Zealand on the medal tally.

Australia is $1.83 to defeat their neighbours from across the ditch by a margin of more than 5 gold medals in an intriguing market opened up by online bookmaker Sportsbet. Our other great rival on the sporting field is of course Great Britain. We have odds of $1.62 to get within 4 golds of the mother country. GB is $2.10 to win four or more golds than us.

On the swimming front, Australia is expected to win at least six gold medals in the pool but according to the Americans we can achieve 11 – there may be a little bit of gamesmanship going on there though. The best chances in the pool are with Cate Campbell in both the 50 and 100 metres freestyle. Cam McCevoy, Mitch Larkin, the men’s and women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay teams are all odds on to bring home gold. You can get $3.50 for Australia to win 8-9 gold medals in the pool alone, which may be worth a nibble.

The swimming will be over in the first week of competition and if we can bank the expected six to ten golds in the pool then we will go into the second week full of confidence. During the second week we are $3.60 favourite in the Men’s Hockey and in the Velodrome Anna Meares is second favourite in the Keirin and the Men’s Pursuit team are also second favourites, you’ll get roughly $4 for both.

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There are three more events in which the green and gold will go in as favourites.  Jessica Fox in the women’s K1 Slalom Canoeing and Kim Brennan in the single sculls rowing. The women’s Rugby Sevens team are $1.70 favourite and looked strong in the warm up events.

As far as Australia’s overall gold medal tally goes the shortest price of $2.20 is offered for Australia to win between 11 and 15 followed by 6 to 10, which is $2.50. I’m hoping that the best bet here will be 16-20, which is $3.50 but I think the smart money is in the 11 to 15 bracket. The over-under market is at 13.5 gold medals. You can get $2 for under or $1.75 for over which shows just how strong this Aussie team is considering they only won eight gold medals in the London Olympics four years ago.

Get patriotic and throw down your hard earned on the Aussies to win over 13 gold medals.

BEST BET: Australia to win over 13 gold medals: $1.75

BEST OUTSIDER: Australia to win between 11 and 15 golds: $2.20

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