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Le Clos to win four golds, Schoeman one, say bookies

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Chad le Clos is going to walk off with four Commonwealth Games gold medals, while Team South Africa will win 11 swimming medals – including five golds and five silvers – if the bookies are to be believed, writes Gary Lemke.

Having arrived at the London 2012 Olympics as a 33-1 outsider to dethrone Michael Phelps in the men’s 200m butterfly, Le Clos is now a short-priced favourite to clean up in four different events, the 100 and 200m butterfly and the 100 and 200m individual medley. It would be a remarkable return for the gifted South African. So short is he in the betting, that if you put R20 on him to win the 100m butterfly, you’ only get R21 in return. In the 200m he is even shorter priced, at 1/66, which means a R1 profit for every R66 wagered!

Inspirational veteran Roland Schoeman has been installed as 8/10 favourite to take the 50m butterfly gold, and he’s also fancied to win silver in the 50m freestyle.

The bookies also reckon Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh will bag two individual silver medals, while rugby’s Sevens team are fancied to win the silver medal.

In terms of South Africa’s first medal at the Games, the bookies are saying that triathlete Richard Murray will win the bronze medal on Thursday.

Apart from online betting, there are a host of betting shops up and down the streets of Glasgow. I popped into Corals, and found the following odds:

Men’s hockey

Australia are 1/3 favourites to win gold, followed by England at 11/4 and New Zealand at 13/2. South Africa are fifth favourites at 33/1 to capture gold.

Women’s hockey

Australia are 1/2 favourites to claim the gold medal, followed by New Zealand at 9/4, with England at 13/2. South Africa are fourth favourites at 12/1.

Netball

South Africa are sixth favourites at 33/1, with Australia at 4/7 to take gold.

Swimming

Men’s 50m freestyle: Roland Schoeman is second favourite at 3/1 to take gold, with the bookies believing he’ll win the silver. George Bovell is the favourite at 15/8, with James Magnussen third favourite at 4/1.

Men’s 200m freestyle: Chad le Clos has been priced up at 10/1 to win gold, sixth favourite behind Cameron McEvoy (11/10).

Men’s 400m freestyle: Myles Brown is at 40/1 to win the gold, seventh favourite. The gold medal favourite is David McKeon at 10/11.

Men’s 1500m freestyle: Myles Brown is a 33/1 chance, sixth favourite, behind Ryan Cochrane (2/9).

Men’s 50m butterfly: Schoeman is the 8/10 favourite to win gold, with Le Clos fourth favourite at 9/1.

Men’s 100m butterfly: Le Clos is the 1/20 favourite to win the gold.

Men’s 200m butterfly: Le Clos is the 1/66 favourite to win the gold, with Dylan Bosch fourth favourite at 20/1.

Men’s 200m backstroke: Le Clos is 10/1 fourth favourite, behind Mitchell Larkin at 8/11.

Men’s 50m breaststroke: Commonwealth champion Cameron van der Burgh is 12/10 second favourite, behind Christian Sprenger at 5/6.

Men’s 100m breaststroke: Van der Burgh is 2/1 second favourite, behind Sprenger (4/6).

200m IM: Le Clos is gold medal favourite at 11/10, with Bosch at 50/1.

400m IM: Le Clos is 5/6 gold medal favourite with Sebastien Rousseau at 25/1.

Men’s 4x100m freestyle: South Africa are 14/1 second favourites, behind Australia (1/80).

Men’s 4x200m freestyle: South Africa are 16/1 second favourites, behind Australia (1/80).

Men’s 4x100m medley relay: South Africa are 11/2 third favourites, behind Australia 1/8.

Women’s 100m freestyle: Karin Prinsloo is 50/1 sixth favourite, behind Cate Campobell (1/16).

Women’s 200m freestyle: Prinsloo is 10/1 fourth favourite, behind Emma McKeon (8/11).

Women’s 50m backstroke: Prinsloo is 40/1 sixth favourite, behind Emily Seebohm (13/8).

Women’s 100m backstroke: Prinsloo is 40/1 ninth favourite, behind Seebohm (2/7).

Women’s 200m backstroke: Prinsloo is 20/1 fifth favourite, behind Belinda Hocking (4/10).

Triathlon

Men: Richard Murray is at 10/1, third favourite, behind the Brownlee brothers, Alistair (2/7) and Jonathan (4/1).

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