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Olympics betting odds: Team GB eyeing ring success

With the athletics in full flow and the action in other sports hotting up, we’re taking a daily look at the latest Olympics betting odds available to punters.

There have already been lots of exciting and emotional triumphs in Tokyo, but the best could be yet to come as track stars go for gold.

Here are Saturday’s key betting markets and some pointers over where the smart money is going:

Athletics betting

Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr and Jake Heyward will represent Great Britain in the men’s 1500 metres final.

The first two are lively outsiders at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively, with Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway and Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot rated the men to beat.

It could be a big day for Kenya in the marathon events, with Eliud Kipchoge clear favourite in the men’s race and Brigid Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich heading the women’s betting.

USA are long odds-on for both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay, with Team GB 33/1 in the latter event.

Yaroslava Mahuchikh of the Ukraine heads the betting in the women’s high jump and Johannes Vetter is fancied for gold in the men’s javelin.

Football betting

Spain vs Brazil would have been regarded as the dream men’s final before the tournament began and the top two teams have made it through to the decider.

We just feel La Rojita have more experience of playing together, with the bulk of this side having been European Under-19 Championship winners in 2019.

Boxing betting

Four finals take place, including Great Britain’s Galal Yafai in the men’s flyweight.

The former car factory worker, whose brothers Gamal and Kal are both pro boxers, is 4/7 favourite to beat Carlo Paalam of the Philippines.

Yafai said: “It’s something that I’ve dreamed of – to be in an Olympic final is never something I thought I could do and now I’m in it, it just goes to show if you put in hard work, then you reap the rewards.

“I’m always in exciting fights, I should just try to stick on my jab and move around. But I know I need to stick to what I’m doing, it’s worked so far, so I’ll carry on.”

Diving betting

Tom Daley kept his bid to become a double Olympic champion alive by qualifying for the semi-finals of the men’s 10 metres individual platform.

He overcame a modest start in the preliminaries to finish fourth out of 29 competitors, with a best points score of 94.5 and an overall total of 453.7.

Basketball betting

USA are expected to complete a golden double over the weekend, with the men’s team hot favourites to see off France and the American women asked to give Japan 18.5 points start on the spread.

Baseball betting

This could be another widely-expected triumph for USA, although Japan are predicted to give them a decent work-out in the final.

Cycling betting

After Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald dominated the women’s madison event, Ethan Hayter and Oliver Wood are 7/1 to give Team GB a double in the men’s event, with Denmark 6/4 favourites.

Equestrian betting

Olympic individual champion Ben Maher guided Great Britain into the showjumping team final and another medal chance at Tokyo Equestrian Park.

Barely 48 hours after Maher took gold aboard Explosion W, he anchored the team home in seventh place – despite having a fence down – to secure one of 10 qualification places.

Team-mates Holly Smith, riding Denver, and 22-year-old Harry Charles on Romeo 88 completed the trio, with Smith collecting four faults and Charles 12.

Golf betting

World number one and gold medal favourite Nelly Korda will take a three-shot lead into the final round at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, with India’s Aditi Ashok in second.

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