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Betfred backs out of medal wager winnings agreement

Linda Aldred placed £5 on a 200/1 long shot in late July that her grandson would earn a medal during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Linda Aldred placed £5 on a 200/1 long shot in late July that her grandson would earn a medal during the London 2012 Olympic Games. After he was awarded bronze in the team gymnastics event Befred decided the bet was void as the medal was for a team event, not an individual event.

After he was awarded bronze in the team gymnastics event Befred decided the bet was void as the medal was for a team event, not an individual event.

Aldred’s late husband Eric loved to bet, and in his honor Linda decided to place a wager on her grandson, Sam Oldham, to earn a medal in the London Olympics. She was taken aback when he did in fact receive a bronze medal for gymnastics, the first for Britain in 100 years.

Upon traveling to the Betfred office to collect her £1000 in winnings, she was informed she did not win as the medal was part of a team event. The news came as a shock and she recalled the day of placing the wager, “We had never been in a betting shop before. The bet was for Sam to win any medal. As I walked out I said ‘this one is for Eric’ but I considered the bet already lost.”

Citing the principle more than the money, Aldred has filed a formal complaint with The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) in hopes that the bookies will change their stance on the wager.

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Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.

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