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GREAT BRITAIN | ANDY MURRAY FAVOURITE FOR BACK-TO-BACK GOLDS

Great Britain are normally one of the countries who go home with the most amount of medals. Here are their best chances of success in ball sports in Rio.

  1. Men’s Tennis- Andy Murray
Andy Murray, of England, pumps his fist after winning a point against Viktor Troicki, of Serbia, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Andy Murray, of England, pumps his fist after winning a point against Viktor Troicki, of Serbia, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Andy Murray had a fair bit going for him already even before Sunday night. He was the defending champion having won gold at his home Olympics in 2012, played on the Wimbledon courts. He was fresh from winning Wimbledon in July 2016 and was enjoying his best-ever season which already included a first-ever appearance in the final of the French Open. But things were about to get even better for him when World Number 1 and tournament favourite Novak Djokovic was knocked out by Argentina’s Martin Del Potro.

That means it’s now Andy Murray who is the clear favourite but with hard-court specialists like Del Potro, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori in the field, he’ll have to be at his best if he’s to win gold again.

2. Men’s Golf- Justin Rose

Justin Rose watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Justin Rose watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Having put so much effort into getting golf back at the Olympics, the last thing the sport needed was a number of high-profile withdrawals. Some were due to the fear of the Zika virus, others due to personal reasons and a few more because they already had a packed schedule.

But one player who’s there and will fancy his chances of winning it is Justin Rose. The 2013 US Open winner has won 19 tournaments and boasts the perfect combination of being long off the tee, a skilled game around the greens and a good putter under pressure.

The tournament kicks off at 07.30 local time on Thursday 11th and lasts four days, played over four rounds.

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