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Olympics: Fancy a punt? How NZ athletes are rated by the UK bookies

New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt. Photo / Greg Bowker.
New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt. Photo / Greg Bowker.

Andrew Alderson selects a dozen Games bets and compares the value for investment between the New Zealand and British markets.

Worth a flutter (bets to win for NZ$1 or UK£1 invested)

New Zealanders

Women's triathlon Andrea Hewitt -
Currently top ranked in the world yet well down the bookmaker pecking order for racing in Hyde Park.
TAB (NZ) $6; William Hill (UK) £12

Lightweight women's double sculls Louise Ayling/Julia Edward
Have gold and silver from World Cups this season. Surprise value as new crew.
TAB (NZ) $5; William Hill (UK) none

Men's1500m Nick Willis
Timely personal best at Monaco last weekend ranks him with the best this season. Has podium pedigree already.
TAB (NZ) $20; William Hill (UK) £33

Men's triathlon Bevan Docherty
Long shot against the British Brownlee brothers but final chance to add gold to the set.
TAB (NZ) $60; William Hill (UK) £50

Women's 470 Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie
Won last two Sail for Gold regattas at the venue. Favourites to end New Zealand's 28-year keelboat gold medal drought.
TAB (NZ) $6; William Hill (UK) £5

Women's K1 200 kayaker Lisa Carrington -
Lost a World Cup race to Natasa Douchev-Janics by 0.096s. Foolish to rule out.
TAB (NZ) none; William Hill (UK) £4.50

New Zealand rivals
Women's shot put Nadzeya Ostapchuk
Second favourite behind Val Adams yet has longest throw in the world this year (21.58cm) by 47cm.
TAB (NZ) $2.70; William Hill (UK) £2.75; Betfair (UK) £2.75

Men's single sculls Olaf Tufte
Two-time defending champion but can never be written off despite poor recent form.
TAB (NZ) $20; Betfair (UK) £17

Men's double sculls David Crawshay and Scott Brennan
The Australians are defending Olympic champions despite the Kiwi double world champions.
TAB (NZ) $10; William Hill (UK) £7

Women's pair Heather Stanning and Helen Glover
The British are second favourites in New Zealand despite beating the Kiwis the last two finals.
TAB (NZ) $2.50; William Hill (UK) none

New Zealand favourites for NZ$1 or UK£1 invested

Men's pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond
Hotter favourites than Usain Bolt (100m/200m) and the American men's basketball team, just for starters.
TAB (NZ) $1.17; William Hill (UK) £1.13; Betfair (UK) £1.20

Men's single sculls Mahe Drysdale
With Czech Ondrej Synek they make for a hard bet in what betting agencies see as a two-boat race.
TAB (NZ) $2.20; William Hill (UK) £2.10; Betfair (UK) £2.37

- NZ Herald

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