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Olympics Betting: Swimming

Tokyo 2020 | 24 July – 1 August | Multiple Rounds & Events

Olympics Swimming History

Swimming has been part of the Olympic Games since Athens 1896. The only swimming events at this time were freestyle/crawl and breaststroke. Backstroke was added in St Louis 1904, and Butterfly evolved in the 1940’s, eventually debuting at the Melbourne Games in 1956.

In terms of women’s swimming, it has been part of the Olympics programme since Stockholm 1912.

Swimming at Tokyo 2020

At Tokyo 2020 there will be 35 events in swimming, plus three new competitions for athletes to vie for medals. These include men’s 800m freestyle, women’s 1500m freestyle, and the mixed 4 x 100m medley relay. The latter will be very exciting as it could pit men against women at different points during the event.

  • 50m Freestyle (Men/Women)
  • 100m Freestyle (Men/Women)
  • 200m Freestyle (Men/Women)
  • 400m Freestyle (Men/Women)
  • 800m Freestyle (Men/Women)
  • 1500m Freestyle (Men/Women)
  • 100m Backstroke (Men/Women)
  • 200m Backstroke (Men/Women)
  • 100m Breaststroke (Men/Women)
  • 200m Breaststroke (Men/Women)
  • 100m Butterfly (Men/Women)
  • 200m Butterfly (Men/Women)
  • 200m Individual Medley (Men/Women)
  • 400m Individual Medley (Men/Women)
  • 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay (Men/Women)
  • 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay (Men/Women)
  • 4 x 100m Medley Relay (Men/Women)
  • 4 x 100m Mixed Medley Relay

Olympics Swimming: How it Works

Quite simply, swimmers race against one another over set distances using a variety of swimming stroke disciplines (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly).

In individual medley competitions, swimmers use all four strokes in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle. A great event that showcases swimmer’s individual strengths, and separates the all-rounders from the one-stroke experts.

In relay events, attention is paid to the changeover from one swimmer to another, executing it well can bring medals, executing it poorly (early) could result in disqualification.

Olympics Betting: Swimming

Constant evolution of technique is leading to ever greater levels of performance. Seven world records were set during the finals at London 2012 and Rio 2016, and more are expected this summer.

For Olympics betting on men’s swimming, there are some strong contenders across the events. Great Britain have high hopes for Adam Peaty in the 100m breaststroke, especially after he broke into the 56 second milestone in 2019 with a world record time of 56.88. This is even more impressive with the fact that him and rival Arno Kamminga are the only two men to have broke the 58 second mark. Several punters could be betting on him for gold this summer.

In the 200m butterfly event, Kristof Milak seems a popular bet. In the 2019 World Championships he beat Michael Phelps’ 10-year record, he has since beaten it twice again, and he currently ranks three seconds ahead of his closest rival in this year’s world rankings.

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