Today at the Olympics: Who to back for a golden ending

Roberto Cammarelle can upset the odds and win super-heavyweight gold

The London Olympics seem to have flown by faster than Usain Bolt after a dodgy curry and it is so hard to believe that we have reached the final day. There are still 15 gold medals to be handed out, though, and for one last time Richard O'Hagan presents the best bets among them.

"Great Britain need just two more gold medals to equal their medal total from Athens 2004. That's not 'gold medals from Athens 2004', it is the total number of medals won by Great Britain at that event. That is a long way to come in eight years. The question is where they can get those two medals from."


Here's something to think about as we start the final day of London 2012. Great Britain need just two more gold medals to equal their medal total from Athens 2004. That's not 'gold medals from Athens 2004', it is the total number of medals won by Great Britain at that event. That is a long way to come in eight years.

The question is where they can get those two medals from. The obvious place is in the boxing ring, where they have two chances of gold. First up is welterweight Freddie Evans, who has done very well to reach this final and who has beaten higher ranked fighters in his last two bouts. He faces Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan and is 2.767/4 outsider against a very tough fighter.

Then, in the very final bout, super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua features Robert Cammarelle of Italy, a former world champion but a man he actually beat in qualifying for these Games. As a result he is 1.4640/85 favourite, with Cammarelle the 3.02/1 outlier. I like that price on the Italian, he has been in many more big fights before and there is no pressure on him at all.

The other big British hope is the world modern pentathlon champion, Mhairi Spence. Whoever wins that last event will be the final medallist of the Games and Spence is third favourite at odds of 7.87/1. Ahead of her in the market lie Lene Schoeneborn of Germany and Victoria Tereschuk of Ukraine, both of whom she beat to win that title. On home turf, you have to fancy Spence and if you don't like that price for gold, well, she's a surprisingly long 3.1511/5 to take any medal.

These do represent the best of British hopes, though, so that 30th gold is very much in the balance. Looking elsewhere, if you think Spain - who almost lost to the British in the group stages - can take the USA's basketball crown then they are a 20.019/1. A more sensible bet on anything where a Briton isn't going to win a medal is in the water polo final, where Croatia are favourites but Italy are better priced at 2.486/4. This is the first final in almost four decades not to feature Hungary and it is a far more open contest than the market suggests.

Recommended bet: Back Roberto Cammarelle at odds of 3.02/1 to defeat Anthony Joshua in the super-heavyweight final.

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