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Olympics betting odds: British trio must beat Mu

With the athletics in full flow and the action in other sports hotting up, we’re taking a daily look at the latest Olympics betting odds available to punters.

There have already been lots of exciting and emotional triumphs in Tokyo, but the best could be yet to come as track stars go for gold.

Here are Tuesday’s key betting markets and some pointers over where the smart money is going:

Athletics betting

British trio Jemma Reekie (14/1), Keely Hodgkinson (18/1) and Alex Bell (66/1) have all qualified for the women’s 800 metres final.

Reekie said: “British 800 metres running is amazing right now and I’m so excited looking ahead. I definitely think the British girls can do well in the final.

“I stand on the start line to try to win it and I’ll do the same again, but if I come away with a medal I’ll be really happy.”

However, American teenage sensation Athing Mu looked a rare talent when cruising home in the semis and is 1/3 for victory.

Elaine Thompson-Herah is a hot favourite to add 200m gold to her 100m triumph, with fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce again her big rival.

Norwegian world champion Karsten Warholm is the market leader in the men’s 400m hurdles ahead of USA hope Rai Benjamin.

Football betting

It is semi-finals day in the men’s event and we’ve previewed both intriguing matches.

The last two Olympic champions face off in this summer’s first clash – Mexico vs Brazil.

El Tri have been great to watch in Tokyo but their next opponents are a class apart on paper and possess far more big-match experience.

Next up is Japan vs Spain, with La Rojita getting the nod after finding their shooting boots just in time to see off Ivory Coast at the last-eight stage.

Hockey betting

Belgium are expected to edge out India in the opening men’s semi-final, with Australia then odds-on to get the better of Germany.

Boxing betting

Britain’s Pat McCormack, the 2019 world silver medallist, is 1/3 favourite for the men’s welterweight final against Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo of Cuba.

Cycling betting

Jason Kenny has won the men’s team sprint at every Games since Beijing 2008 but Great Britain are only second favourites at 6/1 this time, with the Netherlands as short as 7/20.

Team GB were second fastest in the women’s team pursuit with a time of 4:09.022 – having been more than a second up on the world-record German pace at one point before fading away.

Elinor Barker commented: “It’s just unfortunate that Germany were so much faster but I think we can be happy with that.”

Gymnastics betting

Simone Biles will make a dramatic return to the Tokyo Olympics when she competes in the women’s beam final.

Biles has not featured since she withdrew early in the women’s team final last week, citing a desire to protect her mental health.

There are also gold medals up for grabs in the men’s parallel bars and horizontal bar competitions.

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