The end is here folks. The 2016 Rio Olympics comes to a close today, and hasn’t it been fun.
There’s been drama in a petrol station, algae in the pools and ultimate dominance from the new super couple of British Cycling!
But there’s still another 12 gold medals up for grabs this Sunday, and a couple of British hopefuls that can hopefully add to that super medal tally.
We take a look a three events to watch below, and pick out some of the best price athletes to back!
Watching a Sunday running event is something of a past-time for us Brits, whether it be the London Marathon or even the Great North Run, we all seem to be long distance running fanatics for just one day. Some of us will even head out for a jog, or claim we wouldn’t mind entering next year.
Well that burning desire can reappear this weekend, because it’s the Men’s Marathon this Sunday, and they’ll be plenty tuned into the action from the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Many people’s big fancy for the race is Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who ran a world-leading 2:03:05 to win the London Marathon in April. He’s the 4/5 favourite with us at Betfred, but if he is unable to add a gold to his bronze (2004) and silver (2008), then the next best on the list could well be Stanley Biwott at 6/1.
Men’s Mountain Bike Cross Country
The race for gold in the Men’s Mountain Bike Cross Country is on this Sunday, and it’s battle between two of the event’s greats that awaits for us this weekend.
Switzerland’s Nino Schurter and France’s Julien Absalon have five world championships between them, while Absalon has two Olympic golds to Schurter’s none – could that be about to change?
The Swiss rider took bronze in Beijing and silver in London, but dominated the World Cup circuit this year and is the EVS favourite to finally get the gold around his neck this Sunday.
However, Absalon is a legend of this Olympic event, and if it wasn’t for a tire blowout in London, he would have had three consecutive golds in the cross-county. This could be his chance to make amends, and looks the value at 9/4.
When all is said and done, it will be over to the world famous Maracana Stadium for the curtain closer.
It’s expect to get underway at around 11:15pm UK time, and viewers can look forward to the Olympic flag being handed over to 2020 host Tokyo, before we all have to waiting another four years for the action to start all over again.