Defending gold medallist Michael Phelps could get a run for his money in the men’s 200-meter butterfly. Who could potentially make a splash at this event? We preview the Olympics odds here.
It's a two-horse race on the Olympics 2016 betting board in the men's 200 meters butterfly between Laszlo Cseh and Michael Phelps, all while Chad Le Clos nips as a close third choice bet. In fact, the triplet represents the most likely swimmers to the podium in this event.
Hungarian veteran Cseh is flush off a splash in the 100-meter butterfly. Touching in at 50.91 in the preliminary heats of the swimming world championships last Friday, crushing his personal best time by half a second, he moves to the top of the market at +140 to win the gold medal. If that's not throwing down the gauntlet, what is?
Certainly, King of Fly Michael Phelps is sure to take notice. Indeed, the 22-time Olympic medallist slips to second the best betting pick, priced at +160 to win.
Although Phelps, arguably, is in his best form since his incredible Beijing Olympics turnout, his cause was recently marred slightly by unnecessary self-inflicted distractions, and those in some measure might have contributed to the Olympic betting outlook. Missed the worlds on account of a suspension by USA Swimming for a second drunk-driving arrest.
That said the way the market stacks up might be premature. Consider Cseh has long lived in the shadow of Phelps. Where swimming the butterfly is concerned, the American simply is ‘so fly' and knows how to win when it counts most.
Finally, Chad Le Close, who captured silver at the 2012 Olympics in London behind Michael Phelps' gold medal winning swim, with betting odds at +300 with 5Dimes. A tempting third best bet as the South African is an outsider that could potentially give chase again. Still, it's hard to back him against Phelps. Similarly, the rest of the field, all of which are backed out to quadruple digits, beginning with Daiyo Seto at +1600. They would need the swim of their lives to beat out either of the top favorites.
The complete 200-meter men's butterfly odds:
Laszlo Cseh +140
Michael Phelps +160
Chad Le Clos +300
Daiyo Seto +1600
Masato Sakai +2400
Jan Switkowski +3000
Joseph Schooling +3500
Tom Shields +4000
Tamas Kenderesi +4000
Viktor Bromer +4000
Leonardo De Deus +6600
Grant Irvine +7000
Louis Croenen +8000
Jordan Coelho +10000
David Morgan +10000