The opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics can be viewed in the UK via BBC1 from 11.40pm on Friday night until the the early hours, as over 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries around the globe are welcomed to the world famous and revamped Maracana stadium in the centre of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Over the next 4 weeks, there is so much to look forward to!
Track and field is most people’s idea of the best action and the intriguing clash between Usain Bolt (8/13 Paddy Power) and Justin Gatlin (9/4 Boylesports) in the 100m Finals. Bolt is the reigning champion and the world’s fastest man, but Gatlin has been far more active in recent seasons, racking up a host of seriously fast times in the process. This is a legacy sealing event for Bolt though, and he will surely be too powerful in the final 30m. Of course, we can also see the sprinting legend compete in the 200m and also the 4x100m relay – all three are essential viewing.
Team GB’s Mo Farah is once again expect to shine over 5000m (1/3 Boylesports) and 10,000m (2/7 SportingBet) and the double looks firmly on the cards for the defending world and Olympic champion as he continues his path to greatness.
In the swimming, Michael Phelps has a job on his hands to win the 100m Butterfly, but can justify 11/10 favouritism (Betfred) in the 200m individual medley by getting the better of Kosuke Hagino and Ryan Lochte. Phelps is truly one of the greatest Olympians of all time and although London 2012 was supposed to be his swan song, he bids to star again in Rio and can win another gold medal or two.
In football, Brazil are 10/11 favourites with Ladbrokes over Germany and Argentina to win gold in a fascinating tournament, while Team GB’s Andy Murray is 5/2 with Winner to win gold over his nemesis Novak Djokovic in another mouth-watering event.
Rio 2016 is stuffed full of amazing sporting action, tune in and take in as much as you can because as we know, it only comes around every four years – enjoy!