Brazil 2016: Swimming Night 5
Team USA continued to dominate the finals last night in the pool winning all but one of the four gold medals on offer. Michael Phelps (1.53.36) just got home over the Japanese swimmer (1.53.40) in the 200 butterfly to win his 20th gold medal. He then backed up shortly after to anchor the 4×200 freestyle relay to an easy victory. His teammate Katie Ledecky added her 3rd gold medal of the games winning the 200 freestyle in a very quick 1.53.73 from Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. Finally, Katinka Hosszu (2.06.58) held out a fast finishing Siobhan-Marie O’connor (2.06.88) to also claim her 3rd gold medal of the week.
Men’s 200m Breast
The men’s 200m breast is the first of 3 wide open finals on night 5 of the swimming. It was the 19 year old from Japan, Ippei Watanabe ($2.5), that surprised the field with a games record of 2.07.22 in the first semi. However the Wolf likes the American Josh Prenot ($3.75) to fly home late and just get the chocolates from Andrew Willis ($6).
Bet: Josh Prenot ($3.75)
Womens 200m Butterfly
In another open race that has 4 genuine chances it was the Aussie, Madeline Groves ($2.20) that took it to the rest of the field and posted a very fast 2.05.66. Groves took it out very hard and then hung on to just hold out the second favourite from Spain, Mireia Belmonte ($3). Natsumi Hoshi ($6.50), the reigning world champions and favourite before the heats looked a little off her best in the semi but expect her to be in the finish also. Finally, do not discount the Chinese girls being from a country that have owned this event at the last 2 Olympics. They will most likely better their times come tomorrow night and The Wolf is having something on both Zhou ($7) and Zhang ($17) to cause the upset.
Bet: Zhou Yilin ($7)
Other: Yufei Zhang ($17)
Men’s 100m Freestyle
Leading up to Rio it looked as though all Cam McEvoy ($1.80) had to do to win this event was show up. However through the heats and semi’s that has looked far from the case. The Wolf is still happy to stick with “The Professor” however it is going to be a lot closer than first thought. The reigning champion from USA, Nathan Adrian ($3.25) posted the fastest time in the 4×100 mens relay and semi and takes lane 4 in the final. Teenage sensation, Kyle Chalmers ($4.50) from Australia also looked dominant in his semi-final and came from behind again to qualify 2nd fastest.
Bet: Cam McEvoy ($1.85)
Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay
With Katie Ledecky anchoring the team it is very hard to tip against the Americans ($1.11) in this event. However their 2nd best swimmer, 4 time gold medallist Missy Franklin looked terribly out of form in her only individual swim so far this week. Having said that the number 1 ranked swimming nation in the world has a lot of depth, and their 3rd and 4th members are still ranked in the top times in 2016. The Wolf expects China ($7) and Australia ($8) to be right there at the finish but still miss out on this one narrowly.
Bet: Team USA ($1.12)
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