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Olympics betting odds: Hassan favourite for 5,000m glory

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

Athletics betting

Dutch distance runner Sifan Hassan won 1500 metres and 10,000m gold medals at the 2019 World Championships but now seeks 5,000m success in Tokyo.

The 28-year-old, who was born in Ethiopia, is 4/5 to prevail, with Gudaf Tsegay on 2/1 and dual world title winner Hellen Obiri 11/2.

Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali has performed consistently well at major championships and is favourite for the men’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Cuban youngster Juan Miguel Echevarria heads the betting in the men’s long jump.

Football betting

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

USA vs Canada is first up and we feel there may not be much between these neighbours, with extra-time and possibly even penalties on the cards.

As for Australia vs Sweden, the Matildas showed great spirit to edge out Great Britain but the Scandinavians have been the stand-out team in Tokyo.

They prevailed 4-2 when these sides met during the group stage and are fancied to come out on top again in another high-tempo clash.

Badminton betting

China’s reigning Olympic champion Chen Long is a slight underdog for the men’s singles final against Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who was the 2017 world champion.

Equestrian betting

Great Britain’s eventers will go for Olympic gold in team and individual competitions after a vintage collection of cross-country performances at Sea Forest Park.

World number one Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen hold a huge lead of 17.9 penalties in the team event.

Yorkshireman Townend also heads the individual race for gold on 23.60, with a narrow advantage over Germany’s Julia Krajewski. Collett occupies the bronze medal position and McEwen is sixth.

Cycling betting

Big things are again expected from Team GB in the velodrome but they will not claim the first gold on offer.

Germany are 13/20 favourites for the women’s team sprint competition ahead of Russia on 5/2, with GB not represented.

Gymnastics betting

Rio gold medalist Simone Biles has withdrawn from the women’s floor final to prompt a shake-up in the betting.

It follows the 24-year-old’s decision to pull out of the all-around final and the individual finals in vault and uneven bars.

Great Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova, who was the first reserve after last week’s qualification process, now joins her twin sister Jessica in the eight-strong field.

Other gold medals are up for grabs in the men’s vault and rings.

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