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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    2012 London Olympics betting

    I know it's not for a few weeks yet, but I've been champing at the bit for the Olympics to start. I've never bet on Olympics events before, but plan to have a few punts here and there for 2012.

    On my radar at the moment are:

    Men's Basketball
    USA - GOLD @ 1.19
    The squad says it all: http://www.usabasketball.com/mens/na...OLYroster.html
    How do they pick a starting five from that group?

    Women's Basktellball
    USA - GOLD @ 1.16
    The primary threats are Russia and Australia, but the US women's team has a great record at the Olympics.

    You can get 1.17 on Australia to be medalists, and 1.25 for Russia to be medalists.

    Women's 100m Hurdles
    Sally Pearson (AUS) - GOLD @ 1.30
    She's a champion and ran a 12.40 at the Paris Diamond League meet earlier this month.

    Women's shot put

    It will likely come down to these two:

    Valerie Adams (NZL) - SILVER @ unknown odds
    Wikipedia: "She is the reigning women's Olympic champion and three-time World champion, two-time Commonwealth and World Indoor champion. She currently holds the New Zealand, Oceanian, Commonwealth and equal World Championship records with a personal best throw of 21.24 metres."

    Nadzeya Ostapchuk (Belarus) - GOLD @ unknown odds
    Adams has dominated the sport for years, but Ostapchuk has beaten the Kiwi's best throw of the year four times in the space of a month. She has also topped Adams' career best twice.

    I'll add more in time. What events are on everyone else's radar?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    I'm not sure if I will be touching any medals tally betting, but FYI here are the medal predictions that are based on competitor form in each individual event:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    great info casper!!

    as for me, i'm merely looking forward to the indoor cycling, road cycling, swimming, mens & womens 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m sprinting plus the relays, triathlon, rowing, diving, basketball, gymnastics...

    loving the 8 channels on foxtel coming up!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Here's a bit more...

    Men's Cycling (individual time trial)
    I rate Wiggins' (GBR) chances for gold @ 1.91. The 44 km distance should suit him. Cancellara @ 3.55 is his biggest threat. He left the Tour de France early for the birth of his second child. I wonder what his preparation will be like for the Olympics...

    Men's Cycling (road race)
    Cavendish (GBR) @ 2.14 is really short so I presume it's a fairly flat course... Sagan @ 8.00 is a chance if there's a breakaway.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Rowing - Mens Eight
    I've heard that the German team haven't lost in four years! I've backed them @ 1.20

    I'm not quite sure about USA women's basketball now. I reckon Australia have a decent chance this year. Their game against Russia will be crucial.

    The USA men's team still look good for gold.

    Women's heptathlon
    I've got my eye on Jessica Ennis (GBR) @ 1.76. She seems to be the poster girl for athletics in the UK.
    Last edited by casper; 29th July 2012 at 10:06 AM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Women's Cycling (individual time trial)
    I've backed (equal bets):
    Arndt (GER) @ 3.20
    Pooley (GBR) @ 4.20
    Villumsen (NZL) @ 9.60

    2010 UCI Road World Championships time trial results

    1. Pooley
    2. Arndt
    3. Villumsen

    2011 UCI Road World Championships time trial results
    1. Arndt
    2. Villumsen
    3. Pooley




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