How the Bookies See it
- Men’s 400m Freestyle: Sun Yang (CHI) 1/1, Mack Horton (AUS) 11/5, James Guy (GBR) 7/1 - Paddy Power
- Men’s 100m Breaststroke: Adam Peaty (GBR) 4/11, Cameron van der Burgh (ZAF) 9/2, Kevin Cordes (USA) 8/1 - Totesport
- Women’s 400m Freestyle: Katie Ledecky (USA) 1/50, Leah Smith (USA) 14/1, Boglárka Kapás (HUN) 25/1 - BetVictor
James Guy is not a specialist at 400 metres, but should still make the podium on Saturday night in Rio. His two big rivals, Sun Yang of China and Australia’s Mack Horton, were involved in an incident this week at a training pool, when Sun was accused of trying to disrupt Horton. Sun is favourite, but his erratic behaviour in recent months, including car crashes and drugs bans, suggest he may not be fully focussed and make Horton and Guy’s odds very tempting indeed.
Adam Peaty is Guy’s roommate and they may need to up their travel insurance premiums after the weekend as their accommodation is likely to be home to at least one gold medal. The 100m breaststroke world record holder is the clear favourite to add the Olympic title to his Commonwealth gong, with 4/11 at Totesport the best price around. Cameron van der Burgh cannot be completely discounted, but he will struggle to keep up with the man from Uttoxeter.
It will take a miracle to stop Katie Ledecky claiming her first gold of the games in the 400m freestyle. The 19-year-old already holds an Olympic gold medal, nine world titles and the world record over this and two other distances. The Washington Post called her “the most dominant swimmer in the world” and it is expected she will take home at least three golds from Rio. Patriots or optimists can back Team GB’s Jazz Carlin at 50/1 at William Hill.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip - Mack Horton to win the 400m freestyle at 11/5 with Paddy Power.
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.
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