Even after Laugher and Mears triumph, it’s odds on Yorkshire’s medal hopes will take a dive

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won gold in the men's synchronised three metres springboard
Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won gold in the men's synchronised three metres springboard
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LEEDS DIVING duo Jack Laugher and Chris Mears may be Britain’s first Olympic diving champions, but the odds are against a Yorkshire medals bonanza to rival that of four years ago.

In the 2012 London games, Yorkshire amassed seven gold medals, two silvers and three bronzes - which if it were a country would have placed it twelfth in the international medals table.

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But even after Laugher and Mears’ heroic performance last night, Sky Bet is only offering long odds of 25/1 that the county matches or betters its haul of golds this time around.

Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming said: “Yorkshire’s medal tally from 2012 will take some beating but after last night’s diving gold the athletes are off to a great start. It would be great for the region if they can match London 2012 but it’s a bit of a long shot.”

More betting:

• 8/13 for boxer Nicola Adams to take gold

• 6/4 on the Brownlee brothers to both win a medal (Alistair is 5/6 to win gold, brother Jon 7/1)

• 8/1 on Alistair Brownlee to win gold and Jon to win silver

• 5/4 on Jessica Ennis-Hill win gold or 2/9 to finish in the top three

• 25/1 on golf Masters champion Danny Willet to win gold

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