Evening update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
Great news! Team GB won a medal! Lizzie Armitstead won silver in the women’s road race to give Britain their first medal at the games. The rain lashed down but Lizzie persisted and had every chance of winning going into the final straight. In the end though Holland’s Marianne Vos was strong enough to hold of the Brit.
Rebecca Adlington made it through to the final of the 400 metres freestyle by the skin of her teeth. Adlington dominated her race but then had to watch to see if her time of 4:05:75 was good enough to see her qualify. Luckily it was as she sneaked into tonight’s final in eighth place.
Elsewhere Andy Murray managed to exorcise some of his Wimbledon demons by beating Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets 6-3 6-3 on SW19.
Lewis Hamilton managed to hold off the challenge of Kimi Raikkonen to lead the Hungarian Grand Prix from start to finish. The McLaren driver started on pole and nobody could catch him as he recorded his 19th career win. Raikkonen was second with Romain Grosjean in third making it a double podium for Lotus.
Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth in front of the current leader Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard’s lead at the top of the championship is now 40 points over Mark Webber who had a disappointing Hungarian Grand Prix finishing eighth.
The Galway Festival gets under way tomorrow with the opening race of the meeting at 4.00pm.
The biggest race of the day is the Carlton Hotel Galway City handicap at 5.35pm. 23 runners will take on the two-mile trip fighting for the €42,000 prize including last year’s winner Fosters Cross. Nina Carberry has every chance on Buy Back Bob but Caim Hill looks like the best value after scoring twice on the flat and over fences recently.
Tonight sees James Wade take on Phil Taylor in the final of the World Matchplay. These two have met in the final of this competition on three occasions in 2006, 2008 and 2011 with Taylor winning every time. The Power is aiming for his fifth successive Matchplay and his 13th overall.
The machine won this tournament back in 2007 and brings out his best darts in the Winter Gardens. He’ll need an excellent performance in Blackpool tonight to bring a halt to Taylor’s dominance.