The Women’s 50m Freestyle Finals will be held tonight at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro tonight and although Australian Cate Campbell is the odds favorite, there are five swimmers who have a realistic chance of winning this event.
Women's 50 Meters Freestyle Finals Saturday Night May Hold Some Underdog Value
There will be seven different nations competing for the Gold Medal in the Women's 50 Meters Swimming Finals tonight at the Olympic Aquatics Center in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games when the eight finalists take the starting blocks for the fastest race in the Swimming competitions in Brazil. Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia both qualified for Saturday night's Final which will is set be held at 9:03 p.m. ED/6:03 p.m. PDT (NBC).
Older sister and race favorite Cate Campbell (+162 to win Women's 50m Freestyle, at WilliamHill) qualified with a time of 24.32 in her second Semifinals race, while Bronte Campbell (16/1 to win Women's 50m Freestyle, at SkyBet)—the reigning World Champion in the event—finished with a time of 24.43 in her heat while American Simone Manuel (50/1 to win 50m Freestyle, at PaddyPower) qualified with a time of 24.44 in her Semifinals heat and is one to watch in this quick event after tying with Canadian Penny Oleksiak for the Gold Medal in the Women's 100m Freestyle. Here are the latest and highest) betting odds for the eight swimmers who qualified for the Finals tonight along with their individual Lane Assignments:
Women's 50m Freestyle Gold Medal Odds (August 13, 2016)
Cate Campbell (AUS) +162 (WilliamHill)
Pernille Blume (DEN) +250 (Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral, Bwin)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) +500 (Bet365)
Francesca Halsall (GBR) +630 (Marathon)
Bronte Campbell (AUS) 16/1 (SkyBet, Betfred, WilliamHill)
Simone Manuel (USA) 50/1 (Paddy Power)
Aliaksandra Herasimenia (BLR) 100/1 (SkyBet, Boylesports, WilliamHill)
Etiene Medeiros (BRA) 150/1 (Almost everywhere)
Women's 50m Freestyle Finals Lane Assignments
Underdog, Little Sister Bronte Campbell May Be Worth Gold Medal Consideration Here
Although the numbers point to a potential two-swimmer race between favorite Cate Campbell and second odds-favorite Pernille Blume of Denmark (+250 to win 50m Women's Freestyle, at Bet365), the nature of the sprint race means a great start will be crucial as well as having every stroke matter up to the touch of the wall where off-strokes and timing can often be the difference between finishing 4th and winning the race. Bronte Campbell at 16/1 (SkyBet) and American Simone Manuel (50/1 to win 50m Women's Freestyle, PaddyPower) appear to hold the most underdog value here with Great Britain's Francesca Halsall (+630 to win Women's 100m Freestyle, Marathon) also a smaller underdog but in the mix of five who could possibly win this. With this coming down to a matter of a like a quarter-second and all eight of these finalists aiming to swim the 50m of their lives, taking a shot for a small amount on Aussie Cate Campbell's (24) little sister Bronte (22) at 16/1 is the betting pick here.
WOMEN'S 50 METERS GOLD MEDAL FINALS PICK: Bronte Campbell 16/1 (AUS) at WilliamHill