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ATHLETICS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY TWO PREVIEW AND TIPS!

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Second day of competition, 7.7.2016

The Athletics European Championships of 2016 really kick-off on the second day with the Men's Long Jump and 100m finals! There are many other interesting finals as well, like the Women's 100m hurdles and 200m. It looks to be a cracking evening!

16:05 WOMEN'S SHOT PUT FINAL

This season, like in the couple of years before, the undisputed female queen of shot put has been Germany's Christina Schwanitz. Another example of her superiority came on the 19th of June, when she got the leading result in Europe this season, 19,49. Last year in Beijing she putted an astounding result of 20,77 metres! Schwanitz also claimed both the European and World Championship titles in 2014 and 2015 respectively. With this kind of consistency she's naturally the massive favourite to grab gold yet again.

The most interesting name from her challengers is Hungary's Anita Marton, who broke Hungary's national record with a put of 19,04 in Zurich two years ago. That result was enough for a bronze medal. This year she bettered her record by putting 19,22 in Doha.

Behind the two leading ladies there is a group of women who all have a shot at the bronze medal. The women from Belarus have been particularly impressive this season, with as many as three of them occupying a top 10 spot in the standings of Europe over the last two seasons. On their day Yulia Leantsiuk, Aliona Dubitskaya and Natallia Mikhnevich are all capable of reaching the podium.

Betting tips:

Schwanitz' is currently 3/100 on to win. There are no good odds out there, so no betting on the shot put today.

Ranking:

A: Favourites

Christina Schwanitz, Anita Marton

B: Challengers

Yulia Leantsiuk, Aliona Dubitskaya, Natallia Mikhnevich

C: Surprise packages?

Paulina Guba, Emel Dereli Lena Urbaniak

 

16:30 WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP FINAL

The women's high jump is an interesting competition, where surprises are possible. In the past couple of seasons the Europeans have been the leading lights in the world. In last year's World Championships all of the medalists came from Europe, as Russia's Marina Kutšina won, the legendary Blanka Vlasic came second, while Anna Tšitšerova finished third.

However, this year the Russians won't be appearing in Amsterdam, which makes the competition more unique. Blanka Vlasic (CRO) and Ruth Beitia (ESP) are favourites thanks to their experience, but they will be saving their best form for the Olympics. This season's leader Kamila Lićwinko (POL) is one possible winner, as is Germany's Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch, who was already close to breaking the magical 2 metre barrier last season. In a tender sport like this anything is possible.

Betting tips:

Ruth Beitia was really convincing in the qualification and is the undoubted favourite for the final. The Russians and Vlasic are absent. Poland's Licwinko is also out of the final, so it looks to be an interesting final in terms of the other two medals. Jungfleisch has the most potential, but Michaela Hruba and Airine Palsyte were more convincing in the qualification. In terms of odds Jungfleisch is definitely a must!

*** H2H: Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch - Airina Palsyte 29/20 Unibet

A: Favourites

Blanka Vlasic, Ruth Beitia, Kamila Licwinko, Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch

B: Challengers

Desirée Rossit, Oksana Okuneva, Mirela Demireva, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Ana Simic

C: Surprise packages?

All of the rest

 

17:20 MEN'S LONG JUMP FINAL

Men's Long Jump has been ruled by the same man for many years now. Greg Rutherford has been a class above everyone else this season as well in Europe. His jump of 8,31 in Rome in June tells a lot of the form he's in.

This season's level in general has been poor, as only a handful of men have jumped over 8 metres. However, 8 metres dead isn't going to be anywhere near good enough on Thursday night, as many jumpers will beat there season's best in the qualification round.

One interesting name is the home crowd's favourite Ignisious Gaisah, who jumped 8,19 just last season. Fabian Heinle (GER) and Kafétien Gomis (FRA) are also capable of challenging Rutherford for the win on their day, as both men have jumped over 8,25 metres last season.

Betting tips:

Sweden's Michael Torneus was the strongest in the qualification with a jump of 8,19 metres. This puts him in pole position out of Rutherford's challengers. In terms of the odds Germany's Heinle and Gomis of France are underrated.

** H2H: Fabian Heinle - Radek Juska 7/5 Unibet

* H2H: Kafetien Gomis - Eusebio Caceres 1/1 Unibet

Ranking:

A: Favourites

Greg Rutherford

B: Challengers

Fabian Heinle, Kafetien Gomis, Ignisious Gaisah, Michael Torneus

C: Surprise packages?

Everyone else

 

18:10 WOMEN'S 200M FINAL

The holder of the European record Dafne Schippers won't run the 200m in her home championships, as she's chosen to instead focus entirely on the 100m. This is naturally a huge disappointment for the home crowd, but it makes the event itself more entertaining as there are a lot of potential winners in the field.

The current number one favourite is Gina Lückenkemper (GER), who at the start of June ran 22,67 with no wind assistance. An interesting challenger is Team GB's Dina Asher-Smith, who managed 22,72 earlier this season in Stockholm despite a slight headwind. Ukraine's Nataliya Pohrebnyak will also be among the women fighting for a place on the podium.

Betting tips:

Tessa Van-Schagen of the host nation made the final and could be a real dark horse in the race. The home crowd will only serve as extra motivation. Dina Asher-Smith's odds have been dropped as low as they can get. Pohrebnyak and Van-Schagen are underrated by the bookies and you can try them in your betting plans for Thursday.

* H2H: Tessa Van-Schagen - Gina Lückenkemper 49/20 Unibet

*** H2H: Nataliya Pohrebnyak - Jamile Samuel 7/10 Unibet

Ranking:

A: Favourites 

Gina Lückenkemper, Dina Asher-Smith, Nataliya Pohrebnyak

B: Challengers

Several.

 

18:40 WOMEN'S 100M HURDLES FINAL

This event looks to be a duel between Team GB's Tiffany Porter and Alina Talay of Belarus. Both women have the experience and level to make this race their own. However, in terms of the bronze medal it looks to be a much tigher-fought contest.

There are four major challengers for a podium place in this event. Sandra Gomis (FRA) is one of them, and she can be unstoppable on her day. Germany's Nadine Hildebrand (12,79), Finland's Noora-Lotta Neziri (12,81) and Team GB's Cindy Olifi (12,66) make up the rest of the chasing pack. Despite her strong season's best, there are no guarantees of Olifi's form, as she ran that time during April with a strong wind helping her.

Although this event can be settled by millimetres, it's unlikely that any other women will get even close to a podium-place finish. It will be nothing short of a miracle if anyone not listed above were to grab a medal.

Betting tips:

!!!!! The semi-finals are at 16:10, so all bets must be placed before that time! Porter and Talay should be the top two bar anything astounding happening. If the leading ladies fail, Sweden's Susanna Kallur could be a potential medal candidate. 

There are no especially good odds available on the market, so we'll leave H2H-bets out of this events' betting plans.

Ranking:

A: Favourites

Tiffany Porter, Alina Talay

B: Challengers

Sandra Gomis, Nadine Hildebrand, Cindy Olifi, Noora-Lotta Neziri

C: Surprise packages?

None most likely.

 

18:50 MEN'S 100M FINAL

There is only one favourite in the men's 100 metres. Jimmy Vicaut of France is the leading man of Europe, as he clocked 9,86 in June. Vicaut will also be looking to get his best form in the Olympics in Rio, but a normal day for him should be enough to secure a win in European competitions.

The second best time in Europe this season is held by a surprising name. Turkey's Jak Ali Harvey ran his country's record of 9,92 in June and could well challenge Vicaut if everything goes his way. Germany's Julian Reus has also ran a national record this season, with his time being 10,03.

Betting tips:

Churandy Martina of the Netherlands is probably in his last season at the highest level, so in a home Chamionships he will be super-motivated for one last hurraah. Martina has always performed his best in finals and a medal is close yet again. Money on Martina!

* TOP3: Churandy Martina 11/20 Unibet

Ranking:

A: Favourites

Jimmy Vicaut

B: Challengers

Jak Ali Harvey, Julian Reus

C: Surprise packages?

Several.

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