Olympics 2016: Day 12 Preview

Updated Thursday 18th August 2016, 08:12 AM

Wednesday 17th August

Wednesday 17th August sees Team GB’s Dina Asher-Smith and Jodie Williams take on the world’s best in the 200m and Shara Proctor strive for gold in the long jump. In addition, the women’s hockey team have a chance to make it through to the final after a scintillating run of form in the competition so far.

Pick of the Medal Events

Athletics: Women’s 200m (02:30 BST Thursday) - Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands has been a revelation since leaving behind the heptathlon to take up sprinting full time and comes into the Olympics holding the world title and boasting a record that has seen her record four wins and a second place in her five races this year. The USA’s Tori Bowie is the only woman to beat her in 2016 and she will hope to repeat that feat on Wednesday night.

Dina Asher-Smith is Britain’s best hope, and although she might not have enough to beat the high fliers, 8/1 from Ladbrokes on a top three finish is worthy of consideration. The same bookie has 50/1 on Welwyn Garden City’s Jodie Williams receiving a medal.

  • Winner Odds: Schippers (NED) 11/8, Thompson (JAM) 11/8, Bowie (USA) 9/2 - Betfred

Athletics: Women’s Long Jump 01:15 BST Thursday) - Shara Proctor will have to be at the top of her game if she is to trouble the podium. The silver medallist from last year’s World Championships and current British record holder is a massive 20/1 to clinch gold in a tough field, but it might be worth taking up Sky Bet’s offer of 4/1 on her finishing in the top three in Rio.

Brittney Reese of the USA could become the first woman to retain the Olympic title and, although she holds a string of gongs in the sport, she is not invincible. She failed to qualify for the World Championship final and that may prey on her mind. Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic is having a great year and is a tempting bet at 3/1.

  • Winner Odds: Reese (USA) 1/1, Spanovic (SER) 3/1, Bartoletta (USA) 17/2 - Bet365

Equestrian: Team Jumping Round 2 (14:00 BST) - Germany are clear favourites in the team jumping event, with Team GB, champions on home turf in 2012, seen as the outsiders at 12/1. The Netherlands are fancied for the medals, although the pressure is on Jur Vrieling after he was disqualified from the individual event for excessive use of the whip.

  • Winner Odds: Germany 11/8, Netherlands 4/1, France 5/1 - Boylesports

Best of the Rest

Hockey: Women’s Semi Final (21:00 BST) - Team GB have been on fine form throughout the competition and will be full of confidence as they take on New Zealand for a place in the final. The bookies have it down as a tight affair, with Coral’s 13/8 a great price on a British victory to make it through and secure at least a silver medal.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip: Team GB to beat New Zealand in the women’s hockey at 13/8 with Coral


*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:12:12+00:00
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