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Olympics Odds Today August 1st – Picks for Medal Events in Swimming, Track, and Artistic Gymnastics

Eric Rosales

by Eric Rosales in News

Jul 31, 2021 · 4:22 PM PDT

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Andre De Grasse, of Canada, wins a heat in the men's 100-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • The Tokyo Olympics continue on Sunday, August 1st with more medals up for grabs
  • Canadian Andre De Grasse has emerged as the gold-medal favorite to win the Men’s 100m race
  • Read below for odds, analysis and best bets

It’s going to be a super Sunday in Tokyo, as the fastest man on the planet crown will be awarded in the Men’s 100m Final.

Plenty of jockeying has happened in the leadup, with Canadian Andre De Grasse sprinting to gold-medal favorite, in a field dotted by American speed.

We’ve also got Caeleb Dressel as an overwhelming favorite to strike gold in the 50m Freestyle, in an already remarkable Olympic Games for the American.

Men’s 100m Final Odds

Athlete Odds
Andre De Grasse (CAN) +240
Ronnie Baker (USA)
Trayvon Bromell (USA)
Akani Simbine (RSA)
Fred Kerley (USA)
Marcell Jacobs (ITA)
Zharnel Hughes (GBR)
Enoch Olaoluwa Adegoke (NGA)

Odds as of July 31st at FanDuel.

Analysis: De Grasse showed he was ready for business right away in Tokyo, posting the fastest times across all seven heats at a quick 9.91, his best time of the year and just a tenth off his personal best of 9.90. He was one of four sprinters in those heats to go sub-10 seconds, along with Italian Marcell Jacobs (9.94), American Fred Kerley (9.95) and Enoch Olaoluwa Adegoke of Nigeria (9.98).

The pre-race favorite, American Trayvon Bromell, clocked in at 10.05 in his heat and just barely snuck into the semifinals, but he may also be ramping up to the big race. He still holds the fastest time of the year at 9.77, and though his odds have dipped from +100 to +300, he’s still very much in the mix.

De Grasse was a distant +900 pick to start, as he had only clocked sub-10 seconds in two of seven events leading up to Tokyo, but the bronze medal winner in this race at Rio 2016 is one of the few who’s touched the podium on this stage. Hope you got him early on, as that wager is looking really nice.

This could sting, but we’re sticking with our original pick here, anticipating Bromell getting fast when it matters. If you hadn’t laid a wager on him yet, now’s as good a time as any.

The pick: Bromell (+300)

Men’s 50 Meter Freestyle Odds

Athlete Odds
Caeleb Dressel (USA) -1200
Bruno Fratus (BRA) +900
Florent Manaudou (FRA) +1000
Kristian Gkolomeev (GRE) +1600
Michael Andrew (USA)
Benjamin Proud (GBR)
Thom De Boer (NED)
Lorenzo Zazzeri (ITA)

Odds as of July 31st at DraftKings.

Analysis: The new face of US men’s swimming will be seeking his fourth gold medal at Tokyo 2020, in a race he has been virtually untouchable in.

Caeleb Dressel enters the 50m Freestyle final as the fastest swimmer in this event worldwide over the past two seasons. In fact, only Russia’s Vlad Morozov (who isn’t even in the final), has the next best swim time to the American, but his 21.04 time still trailed by .37 of a second.

The 6-foot-3 beast is a blur out of the blocks, covering the first 15 meters in a blistering 4.8 seconds. Dressel is in contention to crack the world record by Brazil’s Cesar Cielo’s 20.91 mark set in 2009.

If you’re the type that cheers against history, and are looking for that value payout, then you should be eyeing Florent Manaudou of France. The Frenchman is the London 2012 Olympic champion in this event, and at Rio 2016 he swam to a silver.

Manaudo has enticing +1000 odds, but barring a major slipup, it’s hard to go against the overwhelming favorite.

Pick: Dressel (-1200)

Men’s Floor Exercise Odds

Athlete Odds
Artem Dolgopat (ISR)
Nikita Nagornyy (ROC)
Sunghyun Ryu (KOR)
Ruoteng Xiao (CHN)
Hansol Kim (KOR)
Rayderley Zapata (ESP)
Yul Moldauer (USA)
Milad Karimi (KAZ)

Odds as of July 31st at DraftKings

Analysis: We finish with Artistic Gymnastics, and the men’s floor exercise, where we will crown a fresh set of medalists, as no holdovers from Rio 2016 are in the final. The field is also just a little bit weaker after 2019 World Champion Carlos Yulo of the Philippines failed to make the final.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t talent, though. Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat is the top qualifier and the betting favorite, and he’ll be facing a group that includes ROC’s Nikita Nagornyy and Ryu Sunghyun of Korea. Nagornyy was part of the ROC squad that captured gold in the team event, and he took bronze in the all-around.

The lone American in the field is Yul Moldauer, who finished sixth on floor in qualifying with a score of 14.866. That was still 0.334 points back of the top-ranked Israeli gymnast, but those +1000 odds are enticing. We’ll go with the ROC’s Nagornyy, who’s shown to be pretty comfortable performing at a high level in Tokyo.

Pick: Nagornyy (+220)

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