Olympics 2016: Day 7 Preview

Updated Saturday 13th August 2016, 04:30 AM

Friday 12th August

Another huge day of sporting action beckons on day seven as the track and field events begin to come to life. Meanwhile, there are plenty of medals up for grabs in cycling, equestrian events, rowing and swimming. Team GB will be hoping to add to their growing haul as Jessica Ennis-Hill looks to defend her women’s heptathlon title and Sir Bradley Wiggins begins his quest to become the most decorated British Olympian of all time. 

Pick of the Medal Events

Rowing: Men’s Coxless Four Finals (13:40 BST) - The Team GB quartet are aiming to secure gold for the fifth games in a row as the nation enters the final unbeaten since missing out to Australia in 1996. The Brits are by far the favourites to win the title, but watch out for the Australians who would dearly love to deny Great Britain their moment in the spotlight.

  • Odds: Great Britain 3/10, Australia 5/1, Italy 7/1 - Bet365   

Athletics: Women’s 10,000 Metre Final (15:10 BST) - A trio of British athletes take to the track for the women’s 10,000 metre final, but Jo Pavey, Jess Andrews and Beth Potter will all have their work cut out to overcome the formidable force of Almaz Ayana and reigning Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba, with both Ethiopians going all-out for gold. It might also be worth keeping an eye out for the Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, who will be hoping to improve on her bronze medal finish in London.        

  • Odds: Almaz Ayana 1/4, Tirunesh Dibaba 7/2, Vivian Cheruiyot 10/1 - Sky Bet

Cycling: Men’s Team Pursuit Final (22:20 BST) - Sir Bradley Wiggins will have his sights firmly set on securing his eighth Olympic medal as Team GB enter the velodrome as favourites to secure gold. The 2012 Tour de France champion will be joined by Owain Doull as well as Ed Clancy and Steven Burke, both of whom know what it takes to win Olympic gold in this event having triumphed in London four years ago. The Brits won’t have things all their own way, with old adversaries Australia looking to go one better than the silver they won in 2012.     

  • Odds: Great Britain 8/15, Australia 2/1, New Zealand 16/1 - Paddy Power

Best of the Rest

Heptathlon: Women’s Heptathlon 100m Hurdles/High Jump (13:35 BST) - Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson begin their pursuit of gold in the women’s heptathlon. Ennis-Hill famously claimed the top spot on home soil four years ago, but could her younger Liverpudlian teammate produce something special in Rio to upstage Team GB’s golden girl?

Rowing: Women’s Coxless Pair Final (15.04 BST) - The Brazilian weather has caused chaos with the rowing schedule, but hopefully that won’t deter Helen Glover and Heather Stanning from clinching gold out on the water. The Team GB pair are overwhelming favourites to defend the title they won in 2012, but are certain to face stiff competition from New Zealand and Team USA.

Hockey: Men’s Hockey Pool A (21:00 BST) - Great Britain’s men are in desperate need of a win as they take on Spain. The team sit fifth in a six team league with only a win and a draw to their name. Victory over the Spanish is vital, but still might not be enough to rescue the Brits for early elimination.

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Tirunesh Dibaba to Win Women's 10,000 Metre Gold - 7/2 with Sky Bet

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 August 2016 04:30:58+00:00
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