The FINA World Championships 2019 is just about to start in Gwangju, South Korea, between July 12 – 28. One of the most explosive races will likely be the Men’s 100m freestyle. Simply because it promises to bring the highly anticipated match-up between two great sprinters, Kyle Chalmers and Caeleb Dressel. Thus, our Fina swim betting 2019 analysis support Kyle Chalmers to emerge victorious with a new personal best.
Swimming is the most popular sport among the six disciplines held during the 18th edition of the FINA World Championships. There will be 2,462 swimmers competing from 194 countries. Thus, the participating athletes will look forward to win each one of the 42 gold medals on display.
Online sportsbook news sites in South Korea have confirmed that Kyle Chalmers and Caeleb Dressel will finally go head to head this time. The two athletes carry fascinating storylines into the race. They are also expected to bring new records and a lot of medals from past international competitions to Gwangju the ‘City of Peace’. Regarding Men’s 100m freestyle, our Fina swim betting 2019 analysis support Chalmers to finish first, should he break his 47.48 PB.
Chalmers holds two world’s fastest 100m freestyle times
All eyes are on the Australian sprint sensation Kyle Chalmers. The 21-year-old world-class medalist is a confident and aggressive swimmer. He holds two fastest 100m freestyle times in the world. His latest record was set in the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, finishing at 47.48 and breaking his PB of 47.58 at 2016 Rio Olympics. Should he set another PB in Korea, he will certainly be the first to touch the wall, with 3.25 odds at Unibet Sportsbook.
Chalmers made his international debut in the 4x100m freestyle relay in Kazan 2015. In the same year, he successfully claimed seven medals and a Championship record in Singapore. At 18, Chalmers shock the world at the 2016 Rio Olympic games, winning his gold medal in the Men’s 100m freestyle. Yet, at the 2017 Fina World Championships, he was denied a showdown with the US superstar Caeleb Dressel, after skipping the event to undergo heart surgery. Chalmers’ return in Korea for a gold medal will only be through taking over Caeleb Dressel.
Caeleb Dressel won seven gold medals in 2017
The absence of Chalmers in 2017 World Championships gave the US sprinter Caeleb Dressel the opportunity to win all seven gold medals. On the final night of the World Championships, Dressel won three races (50m freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 4 x 100 mixed medley relay). With such impressive results Dressel achieved two American and two world records. However, all of that happened without Chalmers participating in the competitions. The only way for Dressel to prove he is the world’s best is by winning against Chalmers with 1.65.
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Grinev, Chierighini, or Scott could sneak in for a victory
There are a host of others who will be in the hunt for medals. Thus, online sportsbook sites in South Korea suggest Vladislav Grinev, Marcelo Chierighini, and Duncan Scott are among strong challengers. One of them might even surprisingly sneak in for a victory!
The Russian swimmer Vladislav Grinev is the underdog to beat, according to our Fina swim betting 2019 analysis. Grinev came off a fourth place finish at the European Championships last summer. He values 8.50 at Unibet Sportsbook to win the gold medal. The Brazilian Marcelo Chierighini is another strong contender with 12.50. Yet, he is stuck at the best of 48.11 since 2013. The final player in the hunt of the gold medal is Duncan Scott (18.00). He has a consistent record of around 48.0 since 2016 Rio Olympics.
To see all Fina swim betting 2019 odds, have a look at the latest review about Unibet Sportsbook.