Sports Information: Swimming

WHY BET ON SWIMMING?

 

  • Swimmers who are in form generally win or get placed

  • Although, for bookmakers, swimming is not a strong betting market, this fact alone may give you an edge

 

BACKGROUND TO SWIMMING

 

Swimming can be traced right back to prehistoric times, with written and pictorial references from 2000 BC. For English swimmers, breaststroke was the stroke of choice until, in 1844, native Americans entered a swimming competition in London and won easily using the front crawl. When the Olympics were held in Athens in 1896, there were four swimming events for men only, 100m, 500m and 1500m freestyle, with a second 100m event restricted to sailors of the Greek Royal Navy.

 

THE SPORT TODAY

 

In later Olympics, breaststroke, backstroke and relay events took place alongside freestyle races, where most competitors used a version of the crawl. The 1912 Stockholm Olympics introduced races for women and the number of events for both sexes has increased steadily since then. There are now four competitive swimming styles, namely breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and front crawl (also known as freestyle). Worldwide, swimming is governed by the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA).

 

TOP TIPS FOR BETTING ON SWIMMING

 

COMPETITION STRUCTURE

 

Competitive swimming is popular in many countries, but for betting purposes bookmakers concentrate on the European Championships, the World Championships and the Olympics.

You can place swimming bets with bookmakers and betting exchanges. Turnover is low compared to other sports principally because there are limited betting markets and winners are comparatively easy to predict. There are three main types of betting on swimming -

 

  • Ante-post betting

  • Fixed odds betting

  • In-play betting

 

ANTE POST BETTING

 

In international team competitions, ante-post prices are more favourable than those for individual races because they rely on cumulative performance across several events.

Events

Outright winner

 

Bookmakers and betting exchanges offer prices in advance of -

  • European Championships (next event 2014)

  • World Championships (next event 2015)

  • Summer Olympics (next event 2016)

 

Betting Example

  • Fred was a keen follower of swimming and knew that Rebecca Adlington had performed exceptionally well in

  • training ahead of the 2008 Olympics

  • In the 800m freestyle, he bet £10 on Adlington to win at odds of 8 to 1

  • Adlington won so he collected £90, including the return of his stake money

 

As well as betting to win, there are ante-post markets on a podium finish, where odds are offered on swimmers or teams finishing in the top three.

 

Will a World Record be Broken?
Ante-post markets are offered on whether a world record will be broken.

 

TOP TIPS FOR ANTE POST BETTING ON SWIMMING

 

  • Have a look at any recent injuries as well as the latest time comparisons

  • Consider the swimmers' experience in major events

  • Are they using their strongest stroke?

  • Check prices from various bookmakers and exchanges to secure the best value

  • Think about hedging if your bet if is doing well

 

Hedging Example

 

  • In the example above, Fred was able to lay off a £30 bet with a bookmaker at evens for Adlington NOT to win, once she had reached the final

  • This meant that he staked £40 in total, £10 on his winning bet and £30 on his hedge bet

  • As Adlington won, his bets returned £90 and an overall profit of £50 (£80-£30)

  • Had she lost, he would still have made a profit of £20 (£30-£10) because of his hedge bet

  • He therefore had a guaranteed profit even before the final r

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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