Stuart O’Grady is now favourite to be the Australian Flag Bearer at the 2012 London Olympics, coming in from $4.50 to $2.10 with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au.
Cadel Evans, who was favourite when the market opened, is still seen as some chance at $3.00, with fellow veterans Russell Mark ($5.50) and Michael Diamond ($7.00) both firming from $11.
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“If you look at the last two flag bearers, they had both competed in six Olympic Games, so we think that trend will continue with O’Grady,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson.
“Cadel obviously has the highest profile, but given he will be competing the next day, that might go against him.”
Five time world hockey player of the year and 2004 gold medalist Jamie Dwyer is next in the market at $9.00, while Leisel Jones has drifted from $4.00 to $26.
Sally Pearson has also drifted from $9.00 to $34, with Steve Hooker ($13 to $51) and Stephanie Rice ($34 to $101) also seen as long shots.
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
Who will be the Australian flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics?
(Prices in brackets from 15 May)
$2.10 Stuart O’Grady (in from $4.50)
$3.00 Cadel Evans (in from $3.25)
$5.50 Russell Mark (in from $11)
$7.00 Michael Diamond (in from $11)
$9.00 Jamie Dwyer (out from $5.50)
$26 Leisel Jones (out from $4.00)
$26 Anna Meares (out from $17)
$34 Sally Pearson (out from $9.00)
$51 Steve Hooker (out from $13)
$51 James Maggnussen (out from $34)
$101 Stephanie Rice (out from $34)