Today at the Olympics: One last paddle for gold

Back Schofield and Heath for gold

It is the final day in the athletics stadium, but there are medals galore on offer throughout the last Saturday of these Games. Richard O'Hagan is your guide for the best of the day's action

"British pair Liam Heath and Jon Schofield are second favourites and yet a whopping 11.521/2 to win. Schofield reckoned that they had more to give in the final and at that price it is worth taking a chance on it being more than a bravado pronouncement."


I cannot believe that I am writing this so soon, but today is the final day of competition in the athletic stadium. Eight days have flown by so quickly. That, in itself, is a testament to these Games - we have all been enjoying ourselves so much that time has scarcely seemed to matter.

Sadly, the stadium is unlikely to see many Britsh medals. In fact, the only real hope is Mo Farah, who will be looking to double up his 10,000m win with victory in the 5,000m final. It is a tough ask. He is only the sixth fastest qualifier in the field of fifteen and although he is 2.8815/8 second favourite the value lies elsewhere in the field, with fastest qualifier Hagos Gebrhiwet especially well priced at 38.037/1.

Other than that, the two big events will be the men's 4x100m relay and the women's 800m. The USA men's team will be particularly keen to win gold after failing to get the baton around on occasions in the past and particularly after their women broke the 27 year old world record in their event. However, they are 5.69/2 second favourite behind Jamaica, who will boast Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in their squad. The best best are therefore to be found in the fight for the bronze medal, where France look to be the best bet at 2.35/4.

It is also the final day at Eton Dorney, where Britain has medal hopes in three of the four canoe sprint finals. The best hope comes from Ed McKeever in the 200m K1 class. He's a strong favourite after his main rival, Piotr Simieonowski, was eliminated in the heats, but the 1.845/6 price is unattractive and I would be inclined to look more to Mark de Jonge at 6.511/2, who look as strong (if not stronger) that McKeever in the heats and semi-finals.

The Russians dominated the K2 sprint event qualifiers, to the extent that British pair Liam Heath and Jon Schofield are second favourites and yet a whopping 11.521/2 to win. Schofield reckoned that they had more to give in the final and at that price it is worth taking a chance on it being more than a bravado pronouncement.

The third finalist is Jess Walker in the women's K1 200m final. She's out at 16.015/1 in this market but only 3.052/1 to win a medal. On her showing so far that is definitely worth a punt.

Britain has a chance of another boxing gold, too, as Luke Campbell takes on Ireland's John Joe Nevin in the Bantamweight final. Most of the money has gone on the Irishman, but Campbell looks the smarter and more accomplished fighter and therefore the 2.166/5 on offer for him to win looks an absolute steal for a boxing contest.

The penultimate event of the Games begins when the men's modern pentathlon starts at 08:45hrs with the fencing. The scheduler clearly has a sense of humour as the round robin contest begins with competitors from the same country facing one another, which means that Britains Nick Woodbridge and Samuel Weale face off. Both are outsiders for gold in an event expected to be dominated by the two Russians, but Woodbridge is a good price in the 'top three' market at 5.04/1.

Last but by no means least, Tom Daley goes in the 10m individual platform diving. He had a torrid time in qualifying and has only gone through 15th out of 18 competitiors. That will be narrowed down to a dozen divers in semi-finals at 10am and Daley needs to be far more alert if he is to progress. On the plus side, though, that has driven down his price and whilst it is hard to suggest that he might win gold, he could just sneak a bronze and is 2.56/4 to do so.

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Back Liam Heath and Jon Schofield to take gold in the men's K2 final at odds of 11.521/2

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