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Tallent heads Aussie track and field hopes in Rio

Wed, Jul 27, 3:40pm by Staff Writer

Jared Tallent With no Sally Pearson, Australia’s biggest track and field team since Sydney 2000 is searching for their next Olympic gold medallist.  The team of 79 athletes is the biggest ever ‘away’ team assembled, surpassing the Atlanta games team, which consisted of 62 competitors back in 1996.  Australian Gambling has run a rule over the entire Aussie squad and we’ve come up with the following best bets:

Sportsbet has the best chance in the Men’s 50km walk with Jared Tallent at $5 for the gold and $1.72 for a medal.

In the men’s long jump, Fabrice Lapierre is at $9 to bring home the gold and $4 to win a medal of any colour.  Across in the Women’s discus, Dani Samuels is at $15 for the top prize and $7 for a medal.

Tallent was presented with his first ever-gold medal just over a month ago, 1460 days after he finished runner-up to Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin who was disqualified for doping.  He is a real chance of making it back-to-back gold medals and if he is successful in achieving a medal he will become the most successful male track and field athlete ever, with four medals. The Men’s 50-kilometre walk final will be held on Friday, August 12.

After missing the London games due to a hamstring injury, Lapierre has been waiting eight long years to represent his country on the biggest stage.  The 32 year old has an impressive trophy cabinet with medals from the Commonwealth Games and World Championships.  He is every chance to add an Olympic medal to that if his career best recent form continues.  He’s jumped over eight metres in his last nine competitions.  The Men’s Long Jump final will take place on Saturday, August 13.

28-year-old Samuels burst onto the international scene in 2009 when she became the youngest ever-Australian female gold medallist at the World Championships.  She is the reigning Commonwealth games gold medallist and although she has never won an Olympic medal, many believe that at her third Olympics now is the time.  She is $15 for the gold and $7 for a medal of any colour.  The final of this event will be held on Tuesday, 16th of August.

Other Aussies worth watching for medal hopes on the track are Brooke Stratton in the long jump and Eleanor Patterson in the high jump.

Get patriotic and throw a dollar on each of the above athletes to win a medal.  Jared Tallent pays $1.72 with LaPierre at $4 and Samuels at $7 with Sportsbet.

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