Sun, Aug 21, 11:58am by Jake Equid
It seems like only yesterday that the world’s best athletes converged on the ‘Marvellous City’ but in the blink of an eye we find ourselves on the final day of competition. After 15 days of spectacular theatre that only the Olympics can provide, the final gold medal up for grabs will be the Men’s Basketball match at 4:45am on Monday AEST between the USA and Serbia.
Australia had their eyes set on that game but were eliminated by Serbia in Saturday’s semi-final. It was an extremely disappointing result that was setup by some brilliant Serbian defending that the Boomers were unable to penetrate, losing 61-87. They will however have the opportunity to win the countries first ever medal in the sport when they take on Spain in the Bronze Medal Match at 12:30 AEST. The punters have jumped off the Aussies after their 26-point loss which has seen Sportsbet reel them out to $3.48 with Spain at $1.33.
The Dream Team head into the gold medal match as red-hot favourites at $1.05 with Serbia at $8.50. They haven’t had it all their own way in this competition and were held by Spain in the semi-final to their lowest score of the competition but got through 82-76. Should they salute it will be their third gold medal in a row, they won bronze in Athens in 2004 and before that, they won three more gold in a row dating back to Barcelona in 1992. They did invent the sport and they are certainly making it count on the medal tally.
Elsewhere on Day 16 the final event on the track and field calendar begins at 10:30pm AEST, the Men’s marathon. There are three Aussies competing, Liam Adams, Michael Shelley and Scott Westcott but Sportsbet certainly isn’t expecting too much as they all sit at $100 or above in the betting market. The odds on favourite is veteran Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge who didn’t compete at London 2012 but won a silver in the 5000 metre event at Beijing 2008 and a bronze at Athens 2004. He’s at $1.72 followed by compatriot Stanley Biwott at $7.
Later on in the day, the last Cycling event of the games will be run at 12:50am when the Men’s Cross Country Mountain Bike final begins. There are two Aussies in this event, Daniel McConnell and Scott Bowden who are both huge underdogs at massive odds of over $100. The favourite is Switzerland’s Nino Schurter at $2.10 followed by Julien Absalon at $3.25.
The bell rings for the Men’s super-heavy weight boxing Gold medal bout at 4:15am with Great Britain’s Joseph Joyce favourite to follow in compatriot Anthony Joshua’s footsteps who won the gold in London in 2012. He’s at $1.61 with his French opponent Tony Yoka at $2.10.
There are also Wrestling, Volleyball, Handball and Gymnastics medals up for grabs on the final day. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad draw to a close when the curtain is pulled down on the games from 9am AEST in what is expected to be a Brazilian carnival party.
Stay tuned to australiangambling.com.au over the coming days as we review the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
*All of the above odds are provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing
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