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British athletes hope to make a splash tonight

by Josh Powell | July 30, 2012

REACH FOR GOLD: Action from the aquatics centre yesterday

By Josh Powell

London 2012 swimming – BBC 1 and RTE2, 7.00pm 

After Rebecca Adlington scooped bronze in the 400 metre freestyle yesterday Team GB can taste more success in the pool tonight. Coverage comes from the aquatics centre this evening as three more British athletes fight to be amongst the medals.

Robbie Renwick 66/1 – Men’s 200 metre freestyle final

Robbie has it all to do for Team GB in this final up against a strong field including the lightning quick Ryan Lochte. The 27-year-old American already has two medals to his name after winning the 400 metre individual medley and then picking up silver with the team in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

The favourite for the race is China’s Yang Sun who posted a blistering time of 1:45.61 in the semi-final.

Robbie may be the outsider but he can take confidence from Adlington’s display last night. The 24-year-old won gold in this event in the 2010 Commonwealth games and could easily spring a surprise in the hunt for a medal.

Gemma Spofforth 40/1 – Women’s 100 metre backstroke final

If you thought Robbie had it tough then think again. Gemma Spoffarth has everything to do in a fiercely competitive 100 metre backstroke final. The clear odds-on favourite for the race is Australian Emily Seebohm who set a new Olympic record of 58.23 seconds in her heat and is in the form of her life.

But Gemma knows what it takes to win in the water. The 24-year-old has achieved incredible success in this event winning gold in the 2009 world championships and in the 2010 European championships. She is also the current world record holder after posting a time of 58.12 seconds in 2009.

It will take a similar performance for Gemma to upset the odds here but if she can put in a seasons best performance she has an outside chance of a medal.

Liam Tancock 9/1 – Men’s 100 metre backstroke final

27-year-old Liam has a real chance of being in the medal hunt in the 100 metre backstroke final. Tanock is a three-time world champion and five-time Commonwealth gold medallist. He holds the world record over 50 metres and came second in his semi-final to qualify for this event.

Liam is Team GB’s best chance of capturing gold in the pool tonight but will need to overcome the threat of American Matthew Grevers. Nobody else has swam sub-53-seconds at these games apart from Grevers and he’s done it twice!

Liam is alongside Grevers in lane three and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see these two fighting it out alongside each other at the finish.

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A more sensible bet could be on the favourites for each race which pays out 10/11 with Paddy Power.

Either way it should be another dramatic night in the pool with Britain’s athletes fighting to be amongst the prizes.

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