Rio 2016 Olympic Games betting preview for day 3 (August 8 AET)

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Updated: August 10, 2016

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2016 Olympic Games, day 3 betting preview: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sunday, August 8 (AET)

Women’s rugby 7s is one of the sports making its debut in Rio, and has attracted more than its share of interest despite its minnow status on the global sporting landscape. Almost 2500 days have passed since the International Olympic Committee voted almost unanimously to add rugby sevens to the Olympic programme for the 2016 and 2020 Games. For most simply being in the Olympic village is something they can’t get their head around just yet.

Australia (pictured below) arrived in Rio as favourites to claim that historic first gold medal, having won a first HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series title in May after winning three of the five rounds. An injury scare for former World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year Emilee Cherry, who will undergo a late fitness test after suffering a hamstring strain earlier in the week, has been a setback.

 

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By winning the series, Australia ended New Zealand’s dominance of the women’s sevens game which had seen them win the first three series crowns and RWC Sevens in 2013. New Zealand failed to win a round in the 2015-16 series, but coach Sean Horan has always believed that 2016 will be remembered for the Olympic Games and has prepared his squad accordingly.

Canada, winners of the final series round in Clermont-Ferrand in May, are third seeds in Rio and will face Great Britain, Brazil and Japan in Pool C with coach John Tait and captain Jen Kish eager to see the side fulfil their potential. Canada’s biggest test in the pool stages will undoubtedly come from a Great Britain side captained by Emily Scarratt.

Colombia will face Australia, USA and Fiji in Pool A at the Deodoro Stadium after qualifying through the South American regional competition last year. Colombia, along with hosts Brazil, Japan and Kenya, will also be competing to claim a core team place on the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. The higher ranked of this quartet will join the other eight teams from Rio 2016 as well as Russia and Ireland at every round.

 

 

Confirmed betting

Women’s rugby 7s – Australia (by 1-12) v Canada (one unit @ $2.70)
Women’s basketball – Spain v USA -22.5 (one unit @ $1.87)
Men’s basketball – Serbia v Australia +4.5 (one unit @ $1.87)
Swimming men’s 100m backstroke – Ryan Murphy (one unit @ $3.00)
Swimming women’s 100m backstroke – Kathleen Baker (one unit @ $2.50)

 

Most recent results: 2-0, +1.5 units

Swimming – men’s 400m freestyle winner: Mack Horton, Australia (one unit @ $2.05) WIN (1st)
Swimming – women’s 4x100m freestyle relay: Australia (three units @ $1.15) WIN (1st)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to William Hill (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Bets void if listed pitchers do not start. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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