Team GB medals betting tips: Can Brits enjoy a golden summer?
Preview and odds for Tokyo 2020
Great Britain will take a team of 375 to Tokyo for the summer Olympic Games and we have studied the Olympics odds to look at potential Team GB medals betting tips.
Postponed in 2020, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic means there will be a total ban on spectators in Tokyo and the three neighbouring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa. Only 26 sessions will take place in front of fans.
Team GB’s women will open the football tournament against Chile on July 21 but the Games’ official opening ceremony is on July 23, with coverage on BBC 1 from 12.00pm BST.
USA expected to dominate again
It is a tall order for Team GB to top the exploits of those who competed five years ago.
The British team claimed their biggest-ever medal haul at the 2016 Games in Rio, winning 67 medals, 27 of which were gold.
Steady improvement, thanks in part to better funding, has paved the way for success. From nine golds and 30 medals overall in Athens in 2004, Team GB claimed 19 gold medals in a total haul of 51 medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing, before excelling on home turf at London 2012, winning a record 29 golds in a total of 65.
The last Olympics saw Team GB finish behind only the USA in the medal table, beating China, Russia and Germany into second. It was their greatest performance since the 1908 Games when only 22 nations competed.
Golds more elusive
Second in the medals table in Rio, Team GB could slide down to fifth or six place in Tokyo.
Dina Asher-Smith may well bring home gold in the women’s 200 metres, while the men’s 4x100m relay team will take some beating.
Gymnast Max Whitlock, 100m breaststroke specialist Adam Peaty (above) and taekwondo star Jade Jones should all be expected to retain their Olympic titles.
Great strength in depth
Team GB have over-achieved at the last three summer Olympics and preparations have been difficult this time, so expectations have been lowered.
However, with 44 athletes currently ranked fourth or fifth in their respective disciplines, it may be that we are underestimating the strength in depth.
Yet there is every possibility that the likes of BMX former world junior champion Beth Shriever, welterweight boxer Pat McCormack – who won Commonwealth Games gold – and the ridiculously deep swimming squad that includes Duncan Scott, Molly Renshaw, James Guy and Freya Anderson, can pick up medals in the relays, as well as individual events.
It is so strong, in fact, that the likes of four-times European and Commonwealth backstroke champion Georgia Davies could not get into the squad.
The Olympic medals odds for Ireland are 11/10 for them to earn three golds or more.
Their main hopes rest with single sculls rower Sanita Puspure and the equestrian showjumping team, although lightweight boxer Kellie Harrington, double sculls rowers Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy, and golfer Rory McIlroy are all in with a chance of landing golds.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication