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Olympics betting odds: KJT begins heptathlon quest

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

Athletics betting

Katarina Johnson-Thompson starts her bid for heptathlon glory and is 13/4 second favourite to bounce back from injury problems and claim gold.

The 28-year-old needed surgery on a ruptured Achilles in December and was a major doubt for the Olympics.

She recovered but has managed just three competitions ahead of a much-anticipated face-off with defending champion Nafi Thiam, who heads the betting on 5/11.

“I’ve worked so hard in the last eight months just to get to the start line,” said Johnson-Thompson.

“So, I’m really grateful to be here, grateful to be able to do what I do for a living, really grateful for my third Olympics.”

Sydney McLaughlin is a hot favourite to prevail for USA in the women’s 400 metres hurdles final, but the 3,000m steeplechase looks more open.

American Noah Lyles and Canada’s Andre De Grasse are joint-favourites to take the men’s 200m title Usain Bolt won three times in a row.

Ferguson Rotich heads the 800m betting for Kenya, with Nijel Amos of Botswana next best.

Skateboarding betting

Team GB starlet Sky Brown is just 13 but is third favourite for the women’s park event.

Hockey betting

Great Britain can be backed at 9/2 to reach the women’s final ahead of facing Netherlands in the semis.

Boxing betting

Ben Whittaker will represent Team GB in the men’s light-heavyweight final but is a 7/4 underdog to defeat Cuba’s Arlen Lopez.

Cycling betting

Great Britain’s hopes of a fourth straight gold in the men’s team pursuit were dashed by Denmark, who are expected to see off Italy in the final.

Golf betting

Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff face a tough task to claim a medal in the women’s event and are 80/1 and 150/1 respectively.

Reid said: “Me and Jodi have known each other for many, many years and grew up playing together, and it’s nice to have her as the second female for GB.

“She’s trying to beat me and I’m trying to beat her but if I don’t pick the medal, I absolutely want her to pick her medal.

“It will be a unique experience. I think it will be really, really cool.”

World number one Nelly Korda, who won her first major title earlier this year, is 7/1 favourite for USA.

Equestrian betting

Harry Charles had an Olympic Games debut to savour at Tokyo Equestrian Park – nine years after his father Peter helped Great Britain win showjumping gold.

The 22-year-old will line up alongside Great Britain team-mates Ben Maher and Scott Brash in the individual final after they all delivered qualification clear rounds.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Charles said, following his high-class display aboard Romeo 88.

“It felt amazing out there. I was so focused, that by the time I knew it we were at fence 11.”

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