TEAM GB are 40/1 fifth favourites to win the most gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Bookmakers Betfair believe USA will secure the most gold in Japan – pricing them at 1/10 odds on favourites to take home more golds than anyone else.
China (9/2), Japan (20/1) and the Russian Olympics Committee (25/1) are the others ahead of Team GB.
The Olympics get underway this week after being cancelled last year despite the rising coronavirus rates in Tokyo.
There have been a number of withdrawals due to positive tests and travel restrictions – as well as injuries to the likes of Roger Federer.
Olympics – most gold medal odds
- USA 1/10
- China 9/2
- Japan 20/1
- Russian Olympic Committee 25/1
- Great Britain 40/1
- Australia 100/1
- Italy 250/1
- Netherlands 250/1
- Germany 250/1
- France 300/1
- South Korea 300/1
- Ireland 500/1
- Brazil 500/1
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Great Britain picked up 27 golds in Rio in 2016, finishing second behind USA’s 46 and ahead of China’s 26, but were three behind China’s 70 in total medals of all three colours.
GB have a host of medal hopes this time around including Dina Asher-Smith, Adam Peaty, Laura Kenny, Max Whitlock, Sky Brown and Jade Jones.
The women’s football team and the golfers will also be hopeful of medals with Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey hoping to follow Justin Rose who won gold in Rio.
Lucy Bronze, the Manchester City and England defender, is confident the GB side can make an impact despite being a new team of players coming from England, Scotland and Wales.
She said: "Last year I was super excited because of the players we had to pick from.
"I was thinking 'this gold medal is coming back to Great Britain' and my mindset has not changed one bit, even having to wait another 12 months for it to come around.
"The talent we have got, there's no reason why we can't beat any team out there."
Hannah England, 2012 Olympian, has backed Asher-Smith as her main hope for this summer.
She said: “I am even more confident inDina Asher-Smith'schances now than I was in October 2019. At that point she had just won 100m silver and a 200m gold at the World Championships.
“The Olympics, before their postponement, were only 10 months away. But she looks just as good now as she did then, and she has hardly raced. She is still getting back into the groove and getting faster.
“She spent a lot of last year doing strength work and you can see it in the way she is pressing hard all the way to the line. Her speed endurance seems to be better and she is not over-raced.
“The Americans and Jamaicans – with world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – are all real threats to her over 100m. But the Olympics will come down to who can get stronger and stronger through the rounds, rather than just one-off times. Some of her rivals have shown that; Dina certainly has.”
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