Men's Olympic Triathlon Preview

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Updated Monday 8th August 2016, 03:52 PM


The Men’s Olympic Triathlon will take place at Fort Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday 18th August. Some 55 athletes will embark on a gruelling mission to complete 1.5km of swimming, 40km of cycling and 10km of running in the shortest possible time, but if the odds offered by the bookmakers are anything to go by, the field can be reduced to just a handful of likely winners.

How the Bookies See It

  • Winner: Alistair Brownlee 10/11, Mario Mola 21/10, Jonathan Brownlee 13/2, Richard Murray 17/2 – Paddy Power

Form

  • Alistair Brownlee won gold for Britain in the London 2012 Olympic Games, and he also won gold in the European Triathlon Championships in 2014 and in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Those are just a handful of the 13 gold medals that he has won, and he also has three silver and two bronze medals to his credit.
  • Mario Mola of Spain also took part in the London Olympic Games, and finished in 19th place. He fared much better in the ITY World Triathlon Series, finishing in 2nd place in both 2013 and 2014.
  • Jonathan Brownlee is a younger brother of Alistair Brownlee, and a solid triathlete in his own right, with nine gold, five silver and three bronze medals in his possession. Those include gold in the Mixed Team Relay in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, gold in the Team event at the ITU Triathlon World Championships in 2014 and bronze in the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Richard Murray is from South Africa and finished in 17th place in London 2012. He won the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago (Elite) in 2015.

Sports.net’s View

There aren’t many Olympic events in which a single competitor appears to have an outstanding chance of winning, but this is one of the few, and on paper Alistair Brownlee is the triathlete to side with. His gold-medal-winning performance in the 2012 London Olympics demonstrated that he can rise to the biggest of occasions, and we fully expect him to repeat that success again. Of the other competitors, Jonathan Brownlee could possibly pose the biggest danger, and is feared most.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip: Alistair Brownlee to win the Men’s Triathlon – 10/11 at Paddy Power

 

 

*Please note that odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Monday, 8 August 2016 03:52:40+00:00
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