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Olympics Odds Today July 30th – Picks for Cycling BMX, Swimming and Table Tennis Medal Events

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in News

Jul 29, 2021 · 6:23 PM PDT

Connor Fields leads the pack
Connor Fields of the United States, center, leads with Anthony Dean of Australia, above, Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes of Colombia, 2nd right, and Giacomo Fantoni of Italy, right, following, in the men's BMX Racing quarterfinals at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • 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

Athlete 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

Athlete 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.

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

Athlete 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.

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)

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