How the Bookies See it:
- Men’s 100m Freestyle Winner: Cameron McEvoy (Aus) 4/6, Nathan Adrian (USA) 5/1, Ning Zetao (CHI) 6/1 - Paddy Power
- Women’s 100m Freestyle Winner: Cate Campbell (Aus) 4/11, Bronte Campbell (Aus) 5/1, Sarah Sjöström (Swe) 7/1 - Betfred
- Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Winner: USA 2/7, Australia 4/1, Great Britain 11/2 - Sky Bet
- Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Winner: USA 1/25, China 9/1, Australia 12/1, Great Britain 150/1 - Sky Bet
Men’s Swimming Preview
Sun Yang is the man to beat in the 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle races, with the bookies backing him to strike gold in the first two and come close in the latter. The Chinese swimmer has courted controversy after serving a three-month ban for taking a banned substance, which he claimed was for a heart condition. Sun returned to action in time to pick up gold in last year’s World Championships at 800m and 400m. In the 400m, he pipped Great Britain’s James Guy to the top spot on the podium.
Guy will want revenge in Rio, but is expected by the oddsmakers to trail Sun in both the 200m and 400m finals. However, he and roommate Adam Peaty are seen as having the best chance of bringing medals home to the UK and 9/4 from William Hill on Guy taking the 200m gold is a tempting price
Cameron McEvoy of Australia is fancied for the prestigious 100m freestyle title, but will not contest the 200m, instead preferring to save himself for his country’s relay commitments. The move may give his team the edge over strong favourites USA in the 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley, as well as solidifying their position in the 4x100m freestyle, where they are expected to triumph. Team GB’s best shot at a relay gold is the 4x200m, although the 4x100m medley sees them in with a shout of a bronze at least.
Women’s Swimming Preview
Australia’s Cate Campbell and Katie Ledecky of the USA are the big names expected to pick up a host of gold medals in the women’s events. Campbell is being tipped to triumph in both the 50m and 100m freestyle races, ahead of her sister Bronte and Swede Sarah Sjöström. Campbell is desperate to add an individual gold medal to her world record in the 100m, having missed out in Beijing after being overawed by the occasion and in London due to illness. The bookies have her as favourite to ace both events, but an upset by her younger sibling is not out of the question, even though it will make Christmas at the Campbell house a frosty affair later this year.
Ledecky is just 19, but is already a nine-time world champion, holds a world record and boasts a gold medal from the London games in the 800m freestyle. She is clear favourite to win all three of her individual events in Rio, including being a massive 1/50 with Boylesports to take the 800m title. Great Britain’s Jazz Carlin is one of her competitors at that distance and, although Ledecky is likely to trounce the field, Ladbrokes has 5/4 on the Welsh swimmer finishing in a medal position.
The bookies see the USA and Australia dominating the relays, with the Americans favourites in the 4x200m freestyle and the Antipodeans with the shortest odds in the 4x100m medley and freestyle events. Team GB will struggle to get a look in, but Ladbrokes has them at 10/1 to win a medal in the 4x100m medley and the 4x200m, a decent price for any patriotic fan who thinks the swimming team can recapture the winning feeling the country enjoyed outside of the Aquatics Centre four years ago.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Jazz Carlin for a top three finish in the 800m freestyle - 5/4 with Ladbrokes.
*Please note that odds may fluctuate.
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