We all love watching swimming at the Olympic Games and Australia has an excellent chance of winning gold in the 100m Women’s Freestyle.
Betting markets are dominated by Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell, who could finish one-two and give Australia the quinella.
Punters get excellent value with the Olympic swimming markets and we look at the best bets for the gold, silver and bronze medals for one of the headline swimming events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Women’s 100m Freestyle Predictions
To Win Gold – Emma McKeon
The 27-year-old has been progressing nicely towards the Olympic Games and the 100m Freestyle is one of her best events.
She won the 4x100m freestyle relay for Australia in Rio and it came in a world record time, so she was able to anchor the team and produce the goods.
Emma McKeon has yet to win an Olympic gold medal as a solo swimmer, but she won bronze in the 200m at Rio. It was a solid performance and she is a stronger swimmer over the shorter distances, so punters should be confident.
There is a lack of quality competition against her in his event. It’s not as strong as it has been in the past, with only one American in the market and she is paying $51.
The Women’s 100m is up for grabs and our money is on McKeon to take it home. She is paying $2.25 to win gold, so most of the money has come for the favourite.
Bet: Emma McKeon @ $2.25
To Win Silver – Cate Campbell
The Australians have an excellent chance to finish top in the 100m freestyle and Cate Campbell looks a good chance to win a medal.
She is only 29 but this will be her fourth Olympic Games. Campbell won gold in the 4x100m relay alongside McKeon and she finished sixth in the 100m freestyle, despite being the favourite.
All eyes were on Campbell for the feature sprint race. She had broken the Olympic record in both the heats and semifinals, and after leading after the first turn, it looked like gold was on the cards. However, she choked and went back through the field over the final 50m.
She didn’t compete in 2017 due to the disappointment in Rio, but returned in 2018 to win silver at the Commonwealth Games behind her sister Bronte.
The next few years were quiet for Campbell, but she’s a gold medal threat. She was named as a flag bearer for the Australians, making her the first Australian female swimmer to do so.
It will give her confidence and although we put Emma McKeon in front of her, Campbell is an excellent chance to exorcise her demons and take silver.
Bet: Cate Campbell @ $3
To Win Bronze – Penny Oleksiak
The Canadian is the biggest threat to the Australians and despite being only 21 years old, she has a bright future in the sport.
Oleksiak won the gold in 2016 and for that reason, she can’t be overlooked for a medal finish. She showed an incredible last 50m sprint to win the gold after being seventh after the 50m mark.
Her form since winning in 2016 has been mixed despite growing and maturing. Setting an Olympic record in 2016 over 100m is tough to follow, but we thought she would dominate the competition in the coming years.
It hasn’t happened, but Penny Oleksiak is still a good chance of getting back to her best form. She is $7.50 to win gold at Tokyo, but we think the Australians have her covered. Therefore, we’re putting her on top to win bronze.
Punters get $4 for Oleksiak to finish third, which would be a good result given her form since shocking the world in 2016.
Bet: Penny Oleksiak @ $4
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