Now it’s not my hottest subject but I’ve managed to come up with a few Olympic shooting betting tips for the 2012 London Games – first a preview of the event.
Olympic Shooting Preview
Shooting has a long history as an integral part of the Summer Olympic Games. Indeed, it was only in 1904 and 1928 that shooting competitions were not part of the games. There have also been some odd selections of events too. In the 1900 games in Paris, one of the shooting events saw competitors firing at live pigeons as one of the targets for the games. By the time the 1908 games came around, after an absence in 1904, clay pigeons were introduced.
In these early games there were relatively few shooting events, only two in many cases. Often women would compete against the men in what were termed men’s shooting competitions and indeed, two women Margaret Murdoch (in 1976) and Zhan Shan (in 1992) both won medals competing against men in Olympic competition.
Women’s competition was slower to evolve, with the first shooting events held in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Three events, the air rifle, pistol and rifle three positions were held that year and this has expanded since to incorporate six events for women in London 2012. Men will compete in nine individual shooting events.
Over the years, the United States has dominated the shooting events winning 103 medals in total, including 50 gold medals. China, the Soviet Union, Sweden, Norway and Great Britain also have a strong pedigree in the event and will be hoping to increase their medal haul when the competitions take place at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
2012 Olympics Men’s Shooting Betting Tips
In the 50m rifle 3 position, Italy will have hopes Niccolo Campriani, current world number 1 in the event, can bring them home a gold, though Nemanja Mirosvljev of Serbia, Jason Parker of the United States and Ole Kristian Bryhn of Norway should also challenge.
Looking at this seasons form book I like the look of Jason Parker who’s priced up at 33/10 with 188Bet.com (the only bookies offering shooting odds).
Competition will be equally fierce in the 50m Pistol event; Jin Jong Oh will seek to defend the gold he achieved in Beijing, but he faces stiff competition from Serbia’s Damir Mikec and Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda.
Britain’s best hope for a medal is perhaps Double Trap shooter Peter Wilson who is ranked second in the world. He’ll face a tough challenge from the American duo of world number one Joshua Richmond and Olympic Champion Walton Eller, with Vitaly Fokeev of Russia and Malta’s William Chetcuti also expected to be in contention.
I’ll be having a cheeky bet on Peter Wilson (mainly because he’s a Team GB shooter) in the Double Trap event. He’s priced up at 2/1 with 188Bet.com and stands a great chance of getting gold.
2012 Olympics Women’s Shooting Betting Tips
Germany has high hopes of scoring well in the women’s 50m rifle 3 position event with Barbara Engleder and Sonia Pfeilschifter both expected to contend for gold. Hungary’s Ildiko Karmacsi and China’s Li Du could break the German stranglehold in that event.
In the 10m pistol, Olena Kostevych of Ukraine leads the world this year but she will face tough competition from Taipei’s Chia Chen Tien and Serbian Zorana Arunovic.
In the women’s events, Britain’s best hopes of a medal rest in the women’s trap with Abbey Burton who is currently ranked fourth in the world. She’ll face a stern team from Slovakia’s Zuzana Stefeckova, Russia’s Elena Tkach and Spain’s Fatima Galvez for a medal but with British support behind her and shooting on home soil, I’m confident she will be able to fire her way onto the medal rostrum.
Abbey Burton to medal would be my women’s Olympic shooting betting tip but I can’t find odds for that anywhere online.