Swimming is one of the most popular sports in the world and in the Olympics too. The competition will start this Sunday the 24th of July and end on the 5th of August with the 10km open-water marathon. We can find several US swimmers in the top favorites like Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Murphy. But young European stars like Kristof Milak or Adam Peaty are also mentioned as favorites in the 2020 Olympics swimming predictions.
A record 37 swimming events will be held in Tokyo after the debut of the men’s 800m freestyle, the women’s 1500m freestyle and the mixed 4x100m medley relay. In the previous Olympics the US team got the most medals with 33, including 16 gold. They had an overwhelming dominance which might change slightly this time. Asian countries like Japan and China can get a better result now, while Australia, Hungary and Great Britain will aim for a few medals as well. Let’s see the biggest favorites in the men’s events.
2020 Olympics swimming predictions for the shorter events
The 100m freestyle is probably the most anticipated event of the sport. Where the two-time world champion American Caeleb Dressel is the top favorite. His odds to win his first individual Olympic title are 1.748. But the defending champion, Australian Kyle Chalmers can fight for the gold as well. Just like Romanian talent David Popovici, who swam the fastest time this year. In the 200m freestyle the race seems much more open with several favorites. Including British Duncan Scott, Thomas Dean or Lithuanian Danas Rapsys. Dressel is a huge favorite in the 100m butterfly as well. While Hungarian Kristof Milak seems unbeatable in the 200m butterfly. British swimmer Adam Peaty is a heavy favorite to win in the 100m breaststroke where he is also the defending champion.
In the 200m breaststroke the race can be more tight between Australian Zac Stubblety-Cook and two-time world champion Anton Chupkov. The ROC swimmer also got the bronze medal in Rio and has the odds of 2.83 to win the gold now. Online sportsbooks in Australia offer the same odds for Cook’s victory though after he swam very close to the world record this year. In the 100m backstroke more ROC swimmers are mentioned as favorites. Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Koleshnikov have the smallest odds with 2.57 and 2.78. While the defending champion, Ryan Murphy’s odds are 4.30. Rylov and Murphy can also fight for the gold in the 200m backstroke after they are the reigning world and Olympic champions in the event.
Favorites in the medley and longer events
In the 200m medley US swimmer Michael Andrew has the smallest odds, 2.145 to win the race. The 22-year-old won the 100m medley in the 2016 Short Course World Championships and won the US trials with the fifth-fastest time of all time. His main rival can be Japanese Daiya Sato who is the reigning world champion. But Duncan Scott and Australian Mitch Larkin can be fast as well. In the toughest event, the 400m medley, Sato is the biggest favorite with the odds of 1.75. Another American swimmer, Chase Kalisz can be his biggest rival who is the 2017 world champion and Olympic silver medalist. His odds to win the gold now is 4.40 on 22Bet.
Online gambling sites in Australia predict an Australian gold in the 400m freestyle. Thanks to their latest talent, 21-year-old Elijah Winnington and his compatriot, Jack McLoughlin. Winnington hasn’t raced in any major event yet, but won the domestic trial with a huge time. While McLoughlin was a member of the 2019 World Championship winner 4x200m freestyle relay. In that event the Australian team can fight for the gold again with Great Britain and the US. In the 800m freestyle Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri is the top favorite who won the 1500m freestyle five years ago. He is also the reigning world champion but has been suffering with an illness recently. Which might offer some chance for Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk, who finished behind Paltrinieri in the last two world championships.