Sir Steven Redgrade, Sir Matthew Pinsent, the tears of cox Gary Herbert (as he and the Searle Brothers received gold) British Rowing has produced some of the greatest Olympic memories, can the 2012 team follow in the footsteps of their illustrious predecesors?
Mens Coxless Pair: New Zealand are ranked number one in the world and have won everything in sight this year and are 1/4(youwin) for gold here. Team GB are 12/1 (ladbrokes) the Gold or 6/11 (BWin) to win a medal.
Mens Coxless Four: Team GB have had a dominant year in this event and look worthy favourites at 13/18 (Bwin), try the 7/1 (ladbrokes-who are paying 1/3 EW the top 2) on a Greek team who have been running the Brits close.
Mens Double Sculls: This looks a wide open race and if you think Team GB can win you can get 14/1 (Bwin) they take Gold or 15/13 (Bwin) they win a medal of any colour. New Zealand are the number one ranked crew and are 7/4 (Bwin) favourites.
Mens Eight: Germany look the nearest thing to a guaranteed Gold in Rowing and are 1/4(general) to win again here. This is a team that is undefeated since 2008 and look hard to oppose. Team GB are second in the rankings and have the Olympic experience of Greg Searle and should be in the medal hunt.
Lightweight Coxless fours: Bookmakers make Team GB the slight favourites over Australia and Denmark. It looks a wide open event though and China at 5/1 (winners in Lucerne) look the EW value with ladbrokes going 1/3 the odds the top 2 in this race.
Lightweight Double Sculls: Defending Olympic champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter will need to bounce back from sixth in a recent World Cup event in Munich. If you think they will come through when it matters you can get 7/2 (Coral), New Zealand are 7/4 (ladbrokes/Coral) favourites.
Mens Quadruple Sculls: This looks a wide open race with World Cup winners Croatia the 28/17 (Bwin) favourites.
Mens Single Sculls: Alan Campbell at 6/4 (Bwin) to win a medal looks the bet here. The Brit
was fourth in Lucerne not long after recovering from injury and has podium finishes in the last three World Championships.
Womens Coxless Pairs: British duo Heather Stanning and Helen Glover are unbeaten in 2012 winning their latest race by some distance. The 4/6 (Bodog) looks a decent price for a Gold.
Womens Doubles Sculls: This looks like the best hope for a team GB gold as duo Katharine Granger and Anna Watkins have won both World Cups this year. Bookmakers agree and make them 2/5 (youwin).
Womens Eights: The USA women are 4/11 (Coral) to land an event they are dominant in. Romania who finished second in Belgrade (earlier this year) look a value 6/4 (Bwin) for a medal.
Womens Lightweight Double Scullts: Greece at 11/4 (general) head the market in a wide-open race, with five teams at 6/1 or under this looks one to swerve.
Womens Quadruple Sculls: Ukraine have been the team who have won the last two world cup events and are 95/100 (Bwin), but the value could be the New Zealand ladies who finished fourth in Lucerne and at 3/1 (Bwin) a medal look worth a bet.
Womens Single Sculls: Ekaterina Karsten is the 2/1 (ladbrokes) favourite and it is understandable why, she is a four time Olympic medalist in this event (winning Gold in 96 & 2000) and is a six time world champion. It is Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic who is the number one in the world and she appeals at 4/1 (sportingbet/paddy Power/Bwin).
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