Olympics 2016: Sailing Preview

Updated Thursday 4th August 2016, 10:46 AM

Sailing has been part of the Olympic Games since 1896, and Team GB has earned more gold medals in this sport than any other nation. Australia topped the medals table in London 2012, with three golds and one silver, but British sailors didn’t do at all bad either. Ben Ainslie won a gold, whilst Luke Patience, Stuart Bithell, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson each won a silver, giving Team GB a respectable third place in the table of sailing medals. 

Sailors representing Great Britain at Rio in 2016 will be hoping to do just as well, if not better, to help the nation to continue its dominance, so let’s look at how the bookmakers view things…

How the Bookies See it

  • Men’s 470: Australia 4/7, Croatia 13/2, Great Britain 7/1 – William Hill
  • Men’s 49er: New Zealand 1/3, Australia 7/2, Austria 5/1 – Bet365
  • Men’s Finn: Giles Scott 1/3, Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic 4/1, Jorge Zarif 7/1 – Paddy Power
  • Men’s Laser: Tom Burton 13/8, Nick Thompson 10/3, Tonci Stipanovic 9/2, Sam Meech 9/2 – Ladbrokes
  • Women’s 470: Hannah Mills / Saskia Clark 7/5, Jo Aleh / Polly Powrie 21/10, Camille Lecointre / Helen Defrance 9/2 – Paddy Power
  • Women’s 49erFX: Martine Soffiatti Grael/Kahena Kunze (BRA) 4/6, Jena Mai Hansen/Katja Salskov-Iversen (DEN) 17/10, Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapich (ITA) 6/1 - Paddy Power
  • Women’s Laser Radial: Marit Bouwmeester 6/4, Evi Van Acker 7/4, Anne-Marie Rindom 9/2 – Ladbrokes

Men’s Sailing Preview

The British team will have plenty to do to secure gold in the 470, but Luke Patience and Chris Grube are sure to put in their best effort to overcome the Australian hot favourites Matthew Belcher and William Ryan, and should emerge with a medal of some description.

New Zealand looks like the nation to beat in the 49er class. The team was beaten by Australia in this event in 2012, and we are expecting to see a reverse of that result in Rio.

Team GB should win a gold in the Finn, and the bookies have priced Giles Scott very modestly to reflect that expectation. Of course, if Scott wins as his form suggests he should, even the short price could be considered generous.

Australian Tom Burton is the favourite to win the Laser class, but he will have to fend off Britain’s Nick Thompson to justify those odds, and if he fails to do that, Team GB are in with a great chance of getting a gold medal.

Women’s Sailing Preview

The 470 looks set to be a close-run affair, but Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are the favourites and they come to this race having already won gold in the Hyeres World Cup regatta earlier this year. A repeat of that performance will make them hard to beat.

Brazil should justify their odds and dominate the 49erFX class, and this event will give the host nation one of its best chances of winning a gold medal, with Denmark the clear next-best.

The Laser Radial event looks to be a two-horse race between Marit Bouwmeester, who won silver in the 2012 Olympics, and Evi Van Acker, who won bronze. Like the odds-makers, we think that these two competitors will be battling it out for a gold this year.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip: Giles Scott to win the Men’s Finn event – 1/3 at Paddy Power

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2016 10:46:40+00:00
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