After all of the hype, controversy, build-up, security issues and familiar British pessimism, it is a welcome relief that the Olympics is finally under way so attention can turn to some actual sport and our region is certainly well represented.
In the pool, starting today, Joe Roebuck is an 80/1 shot via Skybet to come out on top in the 200m individual medley and the Rotherham swimmer can also be backed at 100/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes, to triumph in the 200m butterfly.
BetVictor quote another Rotherham competitor, Becky Turner at 250/1 to win 200m freestyle, with William Hill pricing Team GB, including Turner, at 50/1 in 4 x 100m relay. Skybet make team mate Ellie Faulkner 100/1 ahead of the 800m freestyle heats on Thursday.
Our main medal hope is Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon. The 26-year-old is odds-on at 5/6 with Stan James
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