FOUR YEARS IN THE PLANNING and since the final handing over of the Olympic flag to Jacques Rogges by Boris, the Olympics come to their new home in Rio in August. And what a spectacle it will be! I always target this event (a bit like the athletes) and there are some spectacular prices to be had especially if you know where to look.
So let us start with my headline tip for the whole three weeks which will get our betting balance into the black and that is as early as the opening ceremony. GET ON NOW - SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS BEING BRITAIN’S FLAGBEARER AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT AN INCREDIBLE 6/4!! Just think about it, who do you choose as your team captain? Surely a Knight of the Realm and a legendary Olympian to boot so relieve William Hill of their dismissive offer of our premier cyclist.
On to the main event.
In true Olympic rings fashion I have unearthed five bets in the athletics to complement the five Olympic rings and these should be combined in a Canadian without the Doubles (16 bets consisting of 10 trebles, 5 four timers and 1 accumulator).
So let’s be controversial, in a two-man race the winner won’t be the legend that is Usain Bolt as age, injury and recent form all count against him; and as much as it pains me to tip a reformed drugs cheat, there is only one winner and that is JUSTIN GATLIN at a tempting 7/4. Already posting the best time in the world this year and also a head-to-head victory over Bolt, the Blue Riband event will go to Gatlin.
Holland might not have qualified for Euro 2016, and Dennis Bergkamp has long since retired and so the Dutch nation will be cheering on their sprint heroine, DAFNE SCHIPPERS, in the women’s showpiece. She will show a clean pair of heels to the Americans and the Jamaicans and record a 7/4 victory for yours truly.
Of the two middle distance events, the 800 metres is far more complex than the 1,500, just ask Seb Coe as he gifted his main event to the Brazilian Cruz in Moscow in 1980. The event needs management and DAVID RUSHIDA, as the current Olympic champion, has few peers and the 13/8 offered by Paddy Power has to be snapped up.
The 400 metres should come down to a dual between the new wonder kid Wayne Van Nierkirk and the powerhouse that is the mighty Grenadian KIRANI JAMES and at 6/4 is taken to come out on top.
Sorry England, sorry Sheffield but time has run out for everyone’s favourite Sky TV girl Jessica Ennis Hill. This year it will go to KATERINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON at bottle the blue 2/1.
The accumulator of the suggested Canadian pays 149/1, that’s £1,500 for a tenner plus trebles and the four timers.
Finally, close but no cigar as our headline tip in June at 20/1, Milos Raonic was comprehensively beaten by Andy Murray at Wimbledon. However, the 10/1 for the place showed us an exceptional return.