Make a splash with Coral on Commonwealth swimming
Swimming takes centre stage at the Commonwealth Games on day two of the Glasgow event, and Coral are offering odds across all disciplines for both men and women.
Here’s a breakdown of each of the seven finals taking place today and the main medal hopes.
Men’s 50m Butterfly
Fastest qualifier Ben Proud (England) is odds-on at 5/6 to win this sprint swim, but will face serious competition from the South African contingent. Fans of the sport will recall Chad le Clos (13/2), the man who beat American aquatic legend Michael Phelps in the London Olympics two years ago. Compatriot Roland Schoeman, a former world record holder, is another danger at 5/4.
Women’s 50m Breaststroke
Alia Atkinson (Jamaica) is a strong odds-on 1/4 favourite to win her nation’s first-ever Commonwealth swimming gold here. Her closest challenger should be Australian Leiston Pickett at 4/1. Don’t discount world junior champion and Leeds native Sophie Taylor at 7/1, though.
Men’s 200m Freestyle
Up-and-coming Aussie Cameron McAvoy is odds-on at 4/11 to taste gold for the first time in Glasgow, but sentimental support from locals will go to 18/1 outsider Robbie Renwick. Thomas Fraser-Holmes, meanwhile, is 9/4 to take the first leg of a Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley double.
Men’s 400m Individual Medley
It’s 8/11 that Fraser-Holmes wins the second of two finals he’s competing in, but Scotsman Dan Wallace (11/8) broke the British record to book his place here only this morning. Defending champion Le Clos is focusing on shorter swims in Glasgow, but Travis Mahoney is the best of the rest at 12/1.
Men’s 100m Backstroke
Expect another Anglo-Australian tussle for top honours here. Mitchell Larkin starts the 10/11 favourite, but will pushed hard by Chris Walker-Hebborn (9/4) and Liam Tancock (7/2), who is back after surgery. Josh Beaver, another Aussie, is 11/1.
Women’s 100m Butterfly
This is one of the more open finals, with World Championship silver medallist Alicia Coutts looking to go one better at 5/4. Rising English star Siobahn-Marie O’Connor is a 2/1 chance and, alongside Canada’s Katherine Savard (9/4), will be looking to cause an upset. Ellen Gandy, now representing Australia after leaving the UK after London 2012, is a 25/1 outsider.
Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay
This is literally Australia’s race to lose at a massive odds-on price of 1/100. Their men will want to emulate the women, who broke the world record in this event on day one of the Games. South Africa and England will be their closest challengers, but both have long odds of 14/1 to cause what would be a monumental upset.