Can anyone beat Michael Phelps in his pet event, the 100m Butterfly? We look at the odds currently trading on the Olympics Odds board and search for potential threats to his principality.
Michael Phelps has dominated the 100m butterfly, so much so that many call it his pet event. He's the three-time reigning gold medallist in the event and, understandably, the favorite betting pick to triumph once again at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Can anyone beat out Phelps to the gold medal, which he is fancied to win at EVEN money with Bovada? Swimmers have been closing the gap on the 22-time Olympic medallist, but he'll be extra motivated to win a fourth gold medal in a row, a feat that has never been accomplished. You can find Phelps trading at a better price of +115 with bet365 to triumph in this event for a record fourth time.
Standing in Phelps way of the four-peat is 2015 World Champion Laszlo Cseh and silver medallist at the World Championships Chad Le Clos. Interestingly, Hungary's Cseh is backed out to +350 to win the gold medal while South Africa's Clos' betting odds are at +200.
It's even more interesting considering Cseh owns the top time entering Rio with 50.86 seconds. That is closely followed by Phelps, who posted 51.00 at Trials.
American Tom Shields is an outsider that could potentially surprise. He finished fourth in the World Championships last year and posted a 51.20 time in Trials.
Michael Phelps (USA) EVEN
Chad Le Clos (RSA) +200
Laszlo Cseh (HUN) +350
Joseph Schooling (SIN) +1000
Tom Shields (USA) +1400
Konrad Czerniak (POL) +2800
Li Zhuhao (CHN) +4000
Piero Codia (ITA) +6600
Mehdy Metella (FRA) +6600
Pawel Korzeniowski (POL) +8000
Evgeny Koptelov (RUS) +8000
Matteo Rivolta (ITA) +8000
Jeremy Stravius (FRA) +8000
Alexsandr Sadovnikov (RUS) +8000