Olympics Tips: The 3 best bets for Friday at 2021 Tokyo Games

Our tipster Rob Bentley has picked out Mo Farah's successor as the athletics gets underway in Tokyo.

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Men’s 10,000m – Joshua Cheptegei to Win Gold

Two Ugandan stars, Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo, look like they’ll be the main men competing for Mo Farah’s 10,000m crown in Tokyo. Kiplimo stated his intentions as Olympic challenger by clocking a world-leading time back in May, almost a full 15 seconds quicker than the time in second.

Whilst Cheptegei is the world-record holder in the 5000m and 10000m race, as well as the current World Champion. Although he is yet to run the distance this year, if he even gets close to replicating that kind of form, he looks set to add Olympic champion to his already impressive list of achievements.

Men’s 200m Backstroke – Luke Greenbank to Win Gold

Great Britain are already enjoying their best start to an Olympics ever, no small part down to their success so far in the pool. Luke Greenbank will be looking to add to that success when he lines up in the final of the Men’s 200m Backstroke.

Having won his semi-final, Greenbank’s main competition will be ROC athlete, Evgeny Rylov, and current champion Ryan Murphy. Greenbank qualified with the second fastest time, behind Rylov, and a medal seems the bare minimum for the GB swimmer at this stage.

Having come second in the recent European Championship to Rylov, by less than a quarter of a second, Greenbank and his team will be looking to go one place better in Tokyo.

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Women’s 100m Freestyle – Siobhan Haughey to Win Gold

Siobhan Haughey is having quite the Olympic games. Not only did she pick up a Silver medal in the 200m Freestyle, but she also broke the Asian Record for the 100m Freestyle twice in one week – firstly in her preliminary heat, before bettering that time in her semi-final which saw her qualify with the second-fastest time overall.

She will be up against a formidable field, however, boasting the current World Record holder, Sarah Sjostrom, as well as the Olympic Record holder, Emma McKeon. McKeon herself set that Olympic record only this week.

Whatever the outcome it’s sure to be a fast race and having delivered Hong Kong’s first-ever swimming medal earlier this week, Haughey’s form could carry her through to reach the top of the podium and deliver what would be Hong Kong’s third-ever Olympic Gold Medal.

Friday’s Olympics tips:

Men’s 10,000m – Joshua Cheptegei to Win Gold
Men’s 200m Backstroke – Luke Greenbank to Win Gold
Women’s 100m Freestyle – Siobhan Haughey to Win Gold

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