Team USA's Gold Medal Favorites in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics are underway and the medals have already started to roll in for Team USA.

A gifted team of athletes is representing the nation in Japan, with several standout names competing in a variety of sports.

The U.S. women's soccer team (USWNT) are 5/4 favourites with Betway to win the gold medal as Alex Morgan and co look to add to their impressive collection of honors.

They will be looking to improve on a disappointing campaign in 2016. Despite assumptions that they would dominate again, the U.S. finished in fifth place in Rio de Janeiro.

Success is expected in basketball, too, with the men's team clear 1/4 favourites to bring home the gold medal. An enviable tally of 15 gold medals before this summer's games and a record of only five Olympic defeats since 1936 makes Gregg Popovich's team formidable opposition.

David Booker, one of the most exciting young talents in the NBA, is one to look out for on the court, as is Napheesa Collier for the equally successful and dominant women's team.

In the more individual events, 26-year-old sprinter Trayvon Bromell is Evens to win the men's 100m, ahead of fellow American Ronnie Baker at 5/1. Noah Lyles, with odds of 1/2, is also expected to win the men's 200m.

Keep an eye out, too, for the emergence of track and field athlete JuVaughn Harrison, who is the first American to compete in both the long jump and high jump since 1912.

Elsewhere, the U.S. women's volleyball team are 2/1 to take the gold medal. And in golf, 24-year-old Collin Morikawa is 7/1 favourite after the withdrawal of Jon Rahm.

Things are already well underway in the swimming events, with Katie Ledecky narrowly and surprisingly beaten by the impressive Ariarne Titmus. Simone Manuel picked up a bronze medal and Caeleb Dressel secured gold in the 4x100 metre freestyle relay.

There are also high hopes that Sunisa Lee—favourite for the gold medal on the bars—will excel in gymnastics.

In some of the more niche sports, Hannah Roberts has caught the eye as an accomplished BMX freestyler, and 20-year-old Kanak Jha is flying the flag for the U.S. in table tennis, a sport that the country has traditionally failed to compete in. Jha is changing that, though, having taken the bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in 2018.

Team USA's Olympics gold medal hopes
Team USA's Olympics gold medal hopes include Simone Biles (left) in gymnastics, Caeleb Dressel (top) in swimming, Noah Lyles (right) in athletics and Megan Rapinoe (bottom) in soccer. Getty Images

The U.S. are also real contenders to bring home the gold medal in baseball, a sport intrinsically linked with the country. At 3/1, though, they are second favourites behind Japan (5/4)

A Betway spokesperson said: "It's clear that Team USA will be competing for medals across a variety of sports and events in Tokyo.

"That's reflected in the outright odds to win the most gold medals: the U.S. are 1/5, way out in front of China at 4/1.

"Whether or not both the individuals and teams involved can deliver will be fascinating to watch over the coming weeks."

***All Olympics odds from leading oddsmaker Betway, who are owned by Super Group***