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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Swimming Odds

Check out Odds Shark's best bets and preview for Tokyo 2020 Olympics swimming odds.

Some of the most popular events at every Summer Olympics take place in the pool. The Tokyo 2020 Games are no different, with several highly anticipated events on the schedule at the Tokyo Aquatic Center over the first half of the Games.

Not only are these events fun to watch, but they’re also fun to bet on. Most races don’t take more than a couple of minutes to complete, the swims are back to back with new races every few minutes and there are a ton of different events to wager on.

Online sportsbook Bovada has Tokyo 2020 Olympics swimming odds on all the events at the Summer Games. Men’s and women’s freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, individual medley and relay are all available to wager on at various distances. 

Here’s a look at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics swimming odds with some of our best bets and predictions:

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Olympic Swimming Odds

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Swimming Odds: Women’s 50m Freestyle

Women’s 50m Freestyle
AthleteOdds
Cate Campbell (AUS) +215
Emma McKeon (AUS)+300
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)+450
Pernille Blume (DEN)+500
Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)+500
Femke Heemskerk (NED)+1000
Simone Manuel (USA)+1200
Katarzyna Wasick (Wilk) (POL)+2000
Maria Kameneva (ROC)+2000
Wu Qingfeng (CHN)+2200
Abbey Weitzeil (USA)+2500
Zhang Yufei (CHN)+2500

Odds as of July 27 at Bovada

One of the most exciting races of the Olympic Games, the 50-meter freestyle is also one of the hardest to handicap.

Every swimmer has a legitimate chance at the gold medal with only one length of the pool to swim, and that uncertainty creates a ton of betting value. 

Kromowidjojo won the gold in this event in 2012, Blume won in 2016 and Sjostrom is the world record holder (set in 2017). But it’s the two Aussies who sit atop this chart with the best Olympic swimming odds for the women’s 50m freestyle.

Campbell and McKeon are the only two women to break 24 seconds in this event in 2021 and both are legitimate selections to take home the top prize. 

Best Bet: Emma McKeon (+300)

With better odds than her Australian teammate, McKeon is a great bet after dominating the Australian trials and being the first woman to break 24 seconds this year. 

Kromowidjojo and Blume are worth sprinkling a bit of cash on because of their experience while Manuel at +1200 is a good long-shot bet after winning the gold at the 2019 world championships. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Swimming Odds: Men’s 50m Freestyle

Men’s 50m Freestyle
AthleteOdds
Caeleb Dressel (USA)-600
Vladimir Morozov (ROC)+850
Bruno Fratus (BRA)+1100
Benjamin Proud (GBR)+1600
Kliment Kolesnikov (ROC)+1800
Florent Manaudou+2000
Michael Andrew (USA)+2200
Kristian Gkolomeev (GRE)+2500
Thom De Boer (NED)+4000
Brent Hayden (CAN)+6600
Pawel Juraszek (POL)+6600

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Swimming Odds: Women’s 800m Freestyle

women’s 800m Freestyle
AthleteOdds
Katie Ledecky (USA)-700
Ariarne Titmus (AUS)+800
Katie Grimes (USA)+1600
Simona Quadarella (ITA)+2000
Sarah Kohler (GER)+3300
Anastasiia Kirpichnikova (ROC)+4000
Wang Jianjiahe (CHN)+5000
Kiah Melverton (AUS)+6600

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Swimming Odds: Men’s 1500m Freestyle

Men’s 1500m Freestyle
AthleteOdds
Florian Wellbrock (GER)+115
Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR)+180
Gregorio Paltinieri (ITA)+275
Lukas Martens (GER)+2000
Henrik Christiansen (NOR)+2500
Robert Finke (USA)+2500
Aleksandr Egorov (ROC)+3300
Daniel Jervis (GBR)+3300
Jack McLoughlin (AUS)+5000
Alexander Norgaard (DEN)+6600
Domenico Acerenza (ITA)+6600

Odds as of July 26 at Bovada

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Swimming Odds: Women’s 200m Backstroke

Women’s 200m Backstroke
AthleteOdds
Kaylee McKeown (AUS)-188
Kylie Masse (CAN)+500
Emily Seebohm (AUS)+650
Phoebe Bacon (USA)+900
Rhyan White (USA)+1200
Taylor Ruck (CAN)+6600
Liu Yaxin (CHN)+10000
Peng Xuwei (CHN)+12500

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Swimming Odds: Men’s 100m Butterfly

Men’s 100m Butterfly
AthleteOdds
Caeleb Dressel (USA)-800
Kristof Milak (HUN)+450
Noe Ponti (SUI)+4000
Josif Miladinov (BUL)+5000
Andrey Minakov (ROC)+6600
Jakub Majerski (POL)+6600
Matthew Temple (AUS)+10000
Luis Martinez (ESP)+15000

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

The Hungarian Milak absolutely dominated the 200m butterfly on Day 5 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, finishing multiple body lengths ahead of the silver medalist in that race. He broke the Olympic record with that race and frankly looked disappointed with his gold-medal performance that came up just short of a world record. 

However, with this race being half the length of the one Milak dominated earlier in the week, there are questions about whether Milak has the speed in the first length of the pool to keep up with world record holder Caeleb Dressel.

Dressel broke Michael Phelps' world record in 2018, and has seven of the ten fastest times ever in this event. He posted the third fastest time ever during the US Olympic trials earlier this year.

Best Bet: Dressel -800

Milak looked like he wasn't even trying in the 200m before pulling away in the last 75m and winning easily, so it's tempting to take him at +500.

But this race doesn't require the stamina needed in the 200m, so we have to give the big edge to Dressel who is known for his quick starts.

The odds aren't great, and we would recommend sprinkling a little bit of cash on Milak for good measure, but it's hard to deny how dominant Dressel is.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Swimming Odds: Women’s 4x200 Freestyle Relay

Women’s 4x200 Freestyle Relay
CountryOdds
Australia -500
USA+400
China+1200
Canada+1600
Germany+2000
Italy+5000
Russian Olympic Committee+5000
France+12500
South Korea+12500
Brazil+25000
Hong Kong+25000
New Zealand+25000

Odds as of July 27 at Bovada