A morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
John Joe Nevin has guaranteed Ireland’s first Olympic medal in the boxing by qualifying for the bantamweight semi-finals but it is Katie Taylor who carries a nation’s hopes of glory on her shoulders. The Bray fighter is as close to a sure thing as Ireland has ever had at an Olympic games.
The five time European champions and four-time World champion faces Team GB’s Natasha Jonas in the lightweight quarter-finals today after the British fighter impressively battled past the aggressive American Queen Underwood in her first fight. At this level there are no easy fights but Taylor’s experience and class see her as a massive 1/14 favorite to book her own semi-final place. Jonas is a good fighter but Taylor is one of the best women’s boxing has ever seen.
British fighters top the betting the other two women’s divisions with Savannah Marshall the top seed in the middleweight division at 7/4 and Nicola Adams the 6/4 favorite to win flyweight gold. Both women fight today. Marshall opens her games against Kazakhstan fight Marina Volnova and Adams faces Bulgarian Stoyka Petrova.
Anthony Ogogo is back in action following his stunning, though nail-biting, win over middleweight number one Ievgen Khytrov. He faces the conqueror of Ireland’s Darren O’Neill, the German Stefan Hartel in the quarter-finals tonight as is now a 5/1 shot to win gold. The British fighter looks good to at least secure a bronze against Hartel.
Team GB super-heavyweight Joshua Anthony won his first fight over the Cuban Erislandy Savon by a single point and will need to improve if he’s to win gold, something he’s the 5/4 favorite to do. Expect a better showing against the Chinese fighter Zhilei Zhang tonight otherwise his games will be over.
Dai Greene qualified for the men’s 400m hurdles final as the final fastest-loser and will need a massive improvement if he’s to stand a chance of adding the Olympic crown to his European and World Championship victories. The Welsh runner is 10/1 to win gold with the in-form Puerto Rican Javier Culson a strong 5/4 favorite. Greene is in the race so he can’t be discounted but Culson may be too strong for him to have a chance at gold.
Holly Bleasdale is a 12/1 shot to win the women’s pole vault later this evening. though she faces a tough task out performing the 8/15 favorite Elena Isinbaeva. The British vaulter has the 4th best women’s vault of all time and if things click for her, she could add a surprise gold to the haul.
Britain are dominating cycling across all events at the moment and Jason Kenny will attempt to continue the trend in the eagerly awaited men’s sprint. Kenny is the 2/5 favorite but expect an exciting battle with the seven-time track world champion Gregory Bauge.