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Betting News: Murray, Bolt and some golf

by Rob Dore | August 5, 2012

Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on top betting action of the day

TEARS TO A CROWN: Murray is back on centre court in search of two Olympic golds (pic: BBC)

Olympics

Team GB will be hard pressed to match Saturday’s success but there could very well be more gold medals on the cards for the home nations.

Having made it to his first Wimbledon final this year Andy Murray has two more to look forward to today as he competes in both the men’s final and the mixed doubles final. Murray will be facing Roger Federer on centre court again and is 11/8 to gain some revenge for his Wimbledon final defeat as well as winning an Olympic gold medal. He’ll then partner Laura Robson in the mixed doubles final against Belarusian pair Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi. Murray and Robson have made a habit of getting themselves in to nail bitters in this tournament but they’ve always found enough to win. The British pair are 5/4 to win gold.

There is also the prospect of two more golds on the water. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are leading going in to the medal race in the sailing Olympic Star title event. The pair are a massive 1/18 favorites to defend their Olympic title. In the Men’s Finn Ben Ainslie is in search of his 4th Olympic gold and is the 4/9 favorite to hold off the challenge of the Danish sailor Jonas Hogh-Christensen.

Today is also the day we finally see women’s boxing at the Olympic games. Ireland’s boxing star Katie Taylor won’t be fighting today but she will find out her first opponent when American Quintitta Underwood and British fighter Natasha Jones meet in the women’s lightweight quarter-finals. Jones is the 4/6 favorite to progress.

Ireland’s John Joe Nevin is one fight away from a guaranteed medal (pic: Inpho)


In the men’s boxing Ireland’s John Joe Nevin takes on Mexicos Oscar Valdez Fierro in the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight division. Britain’s Luke Campbell faces Bulgaria’s Detelin Dalakliev in the same event. Both fighters are strong favorites to guarantee themselves at least a bronze with Nevin at 4/9 and Campbell 2/7.

Perhapa the highlight of the day will be the semi-finals and final of the men’s 100m. All eyes will be on Usain Bolt as he battles to hold on to his Olympic crown. His countryman and training partner Yohan Blake is his biggest threat and the Jamaican pair could well push each other to new world record in the final. Bolt is a narrow 8/11 favorite to win with Blake at 13/8. It’s difficult to look beyond either of these runners for the gold but the bronze is a little more open. British youngster Adam Gemili is 25/1 to win a medal and Dwain Chambers is 40/1. The way things have been going for Team GB on the track you never know.

Golf

Jim Furyk leads the way in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on 11 under par, one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen. The American leader is a narrow 6/5 favorite ahead of the South African who is price at 6/5. Rory McIlroy remains in touch on six under par and is currently 11/1 to win. English pair Justin Rose (-5) and Luke Donald will still be harboring hopes of success but they’ll need Furyk and Oosthuizen to slip up if they’re to have a chance. Rose is 401 and Donald is 66/1 to win.

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