Athletics

Olympics 2016 4 to Watch Part 2

Zika, Terrorism, Drugs and Dodgy Infrastructure Heptathlon – Athletics Well if it isn’t two British girls competing for the best all-round female athlete in the world gold medal (an event we have a decent record historically in, despite most British females sitting around all day eating crisps.) The defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has taken time off to have her son Reggie, but her magnificent World Championship gold last summer, has shown that she has quickly shed any excess poundage. If anything, winning a gold in front of her kid, may be an even greater motivation. There is talk of an achilles injury however, and that is why we like Katrina Johnson-Thompson at 2.9 with Betfair. KJT performed miserably in Beijing,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016
(Posted in: Articles, Athletics, Betting, Cycling, Oggsblog)

Olympics 2016 – 4 to Watch (Part 1)

Zika, Drugs, Shaky Infrastructure and Terrorism Women’s Road Race Oh Lizzie Lizzie Lizzie. Early silver heroine of 2012, but now with the sort of question mark over her achievements that is so big, it would take an enormous mental effort for her to regroup, and do the business in Rio. An enormous mental effort, or a banned substance of course. If she wins a medal, it will in all likelihood be Team GB’s (As we must now sickeningly call them) first of the games, coming on only the second day of full competition. Having won the Aviva Womens Tour in June, Armitstead would have been a wise bet at 5.1 just a few days ago. But you would be a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016
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London Marathon 2016

Clue – if he is wearing a big bear suit, he probably isn’t going to win How to annoy anyone who asks to be sponsored for the London Marathon? Easy – demand at the very least a top three finish in return. Here at Oggs HQ we demand excellence – nobody who trundles along dressed as Fred Flintstone, finishing in seven hours is getting a single penny from us thank you very much. Nevertheless, there is a financial angle of the Marathon we are interested in, and that is of course the betting side of it. The holder Eliud Kipchoge is the ante-post favourite, having won Berlin last time out in September, and should go off at a shade under... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016
(Posted in: Articles, Athletics, Betting, General, Oggsblog)

Usain Bolt vs Justin Gatlin

Showdown Sport loves a good rivalry. The likes of Federer vs Nadal and Spieth vs McIlroy keep the punters watching, and raise the standards of the men involved to greater heights. But what sport really loves is good vs evil in their rivalry. And whilst neither of the above have that going for them, the upcoming battle for fastest man in the world certainly does. Yes its back to Beijing, where seven years after the Olympic games were awarded on condition of improved human rights to come, China is no doubt an oasis of democracy and liberty. Shame of course that journalists aren’t allowed in to find out. Nevertheless, the show as ever with sport, goes on, and the big... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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London Marathon 2015

We all love to do our bit for charity. But what is even better, is when that bit for charity merges with a bit of the old betting action. Enter the London Marathon, not only an event where your neighbours badger you to sponsor them (don’t forget, you only have to pay out if they win it), but also a prestigious punting event. Never mind the blokes dressed as phoneboxes hovering along at the back, panting like a 70s entertainer at Television Centre, the race at the front can be pretty entertaining too. Especially if you like Kenyans. The three favourites indeed all hail from Kenya, and there is little to split them in the betting markets. Betfair go with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
(Posted in: Articles, Athletics, Oggsblog)

European Athletics Championships 2014

4 to Watch Mens 100m Final: French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre is the reigning champion from 2012 in Helsinki, but our tip at 4/1 with Ladbrokes is James Dasaolu, who ran 9.91 last season to become the second fastest British sprinter of all time. Watch out too for Dwain Chambers, in what should be his last major championships ever. A career wasted – can he save the best til last. Chambers might be worth an e/w punt. Mens 10,000m Final: ‘MO AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL’ shrieked the back page of yesterday’s Currant Bun, and although old Farah would have had to head to hospital for a completely different reason to match the big sports story of the week, ignore Mo’s fitness doubts... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
(Posted in: Articles, Athletics, Betting, Oggsblog)
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