4th August 2012
Men's Four Betting: The Men's four boat can create more British heroes on the lake at Eton Dorney
If there is one race synonymous with Olympic rowing from a Great Britain perspective it is the Men’s four. Down the years it has been the race Britain have enjoyed copious amounts of success in and is a boat which has created superstars aplenty not least in Sir Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell not to mention the many others who have won inside the boat. GB men’s four defend their Olympic title at Eton Dorney on Saturday morning and are 4/5 favourites with Ladbrokes to make a successful defence.
The betting for this race suggests what everyone knows really in that this is likely to be a two horse race, or a two boat race if you like. Great Britain and Australia have been rivals throughout the year and will fight out the gold medal with the other four crews all hunting down the bronze medal. It is 20/1 bar GB and Australia which shows how far ahead they are expected to be.
The two boats met in the semi final where Great Britain finished strongly to take the win and ensure they have the better lane in this final. Australia will say they eased down when qualification was secured and there may well be an element of truth in that but I think the British crew had something in hand too despite breezing past the Australian’s in the last 500m.
This will be a great race not just because it is the men’s four but because it is the last race of the Olympic rowing regatta for the London games and if anything that might just inspire the British quartet more. They will be yelled on by a huge, passionate home crowd to give them the energy and adrenalin to get over the line and make a successful defence of their title against the Australian’s who will give it everything they have but for me come up just short.
Back Great Britain to win Men’s four for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Ladbrokes
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Author: 'Arry Allsports