- The Tokyo Olympics continue on Friday, July 30th with more medals up for grabs
- USA’s Connor Fields goes for gold in the Men’s Cycling BMX event
- Read below for odds, analysis and best bets
Team USA extended its lead atop the overall medal standings to seven on Thursday, but still trail Japan and China in the gold medal category.
Connor Fields is one candidate on Friday (July 30th) to help close that gap, as he goes for gold in the Men’s Cycling BMX event. Fields is the defending Olympic champion and boasts the shortest odds to win gold again this year.
Men’s Cycling BMX Odds
|Connor Fields (USA)||+300|
|Joris Daudet (FRA)||+400|
|Sylvain Andre (FRA)||+450|
|Niek Kimmann (NED)||+450|
|Twan van Gendt (NED)||+750|
|David Graf (SUI)||+1600|
|Kye Whyte (GBR)||+2500|
|Romain Mahieu (FRA)||+2800|
|Joris Harmsen (NED)||+3000|
|Corben Sharrah (USA)||+3000|
Odds as of July 29th at DraftKings.
Following his gold medal performance at the 2016 Rio Games, Fields has earned the title of America’s number one BMX pro in three of the past four years. He’s competed in 134 career events, earning a podium finish 102 times, and earning 39 victories.
If you’re looking for a longshot to back, Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands may be worth a wager. He won the most recent European Championships, but still takes a backseat to Fields for me.
Pick: Connor Fields (+300)
Men’s 200 Meter Individual Medley Odds
|Michael Andrew (USA)||-115|
|Wang Shun (CHN)||+250|
|Duncan Scott (GBR)||+275|
|Daiya Seto (JPN)||+800|
|Jeremy Desplanches (SUI)||+1400|
|Kosuke Hagino (JPN)||+1800|
Michael Andrew will look to continue USA’s dominance in the pool on Friday, as he goes for gold in the 200 meter Individual Medley. The controversial swimmer has the shortest odds to win the title, just ahead of China’s Wang Shun, who beat him in their semifinal heat.
"Dad's my coach, mom's my agent, my sister is my biggest supporter, we're always surfing together hanging out and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the family unit that we are." – @SwimmerMichael 🏊♂️ 🙌 💚 #LA28 #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/UYEB4so236
— LA28 (@LA28) July 27, 2021
Andrew is well known for his unconventional training methods (he doesn’t lift weights or swim more than two practice laps at a time) but it’s hard to argue with his talent. He holds more youth records than Michael Phelps and has been swimming professionally since the age of 14.
Andrew is typically the best in this event for the first three quarters of the race, but his ability to close is one thing you could nitpick. He was caught from behind by Shun in the semis, and the Chinese swimmer may be a better bet given his more favorable price.
Pick: Wang Shun (+250)
Men’s Table Tennis Gold Medal Odds
|Zhendong Fan (CHN)||-205|
|Long Ma (CHN)||+170|
China is guaranteed another gold medal in Men’s Table Tennis, as a pair of their players will square off for gold. Long Ma, the reigning Olympic champ, is a sizeable underdog to countryman Zhendong Fan, who enters as the top-ranked player in the International Table Tennis Federation rankings.
Fan has won three straight World Cups and beat Ma in the 2020 final. He’s also won seven World Tour titles and went undefeated in May’s Chinese Olympic scrimmage. Ma meanwhile, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, the reigning World Champion, and widely considered the greatest player of all-time.
What a cracking match of table-tennis was it between China's Ma Long and Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov!
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) July 29, 2021
The 32-year-old, who owns a record 28 World Tour titles, survived an epic semifinal against Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov and has the experience to upset the young phenom. Grab the favorable price and bet on the game’s biggest legend to take home yet another gold.
Pick: Long Ma (+170)