2020 Tokyo Olympics swimming, track odds and predictions: Best bets for key events from SportsLine's top Olympics expert
Caeleb Dressel and Team USA Swimming will get one final night in the spotlight Saturday at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the track stars will continue to shine. Team USA has plenty of opportunities for Olympics 2020 medals in the pool and on the track this weekend.
Dressel, who has won three gold medals already, is favored to win another in the 50-meter freestyle Saturday night (9:30 p.m. ET). Swimming at the Tokyo Olympics wraps up with the 4x100 medley relays, with the women's race at 10:15 p.m. ET and the men closing things out at 10:36 p.m. Team USA has won gold all 15 times it has entered the men's 4x100 medley, while the women have won 10 of their 15 races. The American men are the favorites, while the Team USA women enter as the second choice. (To keep up with how the Americans are faring at Olympics 2020, check out our medal tracker)
Dressel is listed as the -450 favorite for Saturday night's 50-meter freestyle in the latest 2020 Tokyo Olympics swimming odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Team USA is the -138 top choice in the men's 4x100 medley while the women are the +450 second favorite behind Jamaica (-400). On the track, Americans Trayvon Bromell (-120) and Ronnie Baker (+400) will face off as the favorites in the 100 meter final Sunday at 8:50 a.m. ET, while Michael Norman is the -175 top option for the 400, which starts with heats Saturday at 9:45 p.m. (Head over to our 2021 Olympics page for more analysis and updates)
Before you lock in any 2020 Tokyo Olympics picks or make your Tokyo 2020 predictions, you need to see what SportsLine Olympics expert Mike Tierney is saying.
A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. In the past two Olympic Games, his advice helped those who followed him cash in big, and he already has nailed a winner at Tokyo 2020.
Before Sunday's men's triathlon, Tierney tabbed Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt as his choice to win gold, and that bet paid off big at +600. The Olympics expert saw good value in the Norwegian, who had won twice this year and was the 2019 Grand Final champion.
"When an event is as wide open as the guys' three-in-one sport, look for a price and go with the hot hand." Tierney told SportsLine.
The 27-year-old Blummenfelt was in disbelief as he pulled away from the younger runners in the final stages to win by 11 seconds over Alex Yee for his nation's first medal in the sport. But picking a winner was nothing new for Tierney.
At the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, he nailed Suzanne Schulting (+2500) of the Netherlands and Norway's Havard Lorentzen (+800) to triumph in speed skating and the USA's Mikaela Shiffrin (+185) to win the giant slalom. Tierney also took the Under (10.5) on the Americans' gold-medal count, and that also cashed as the USA came in with nine.
And at the Rio 2016 Summer Games, Tierney told readers to bet Over on Team USA's gold medal count (41.5) and Over on Team USA's overall medal count (102.5). The result? 46 golds, 121 medals and two easy cashes. Anyone who followed Tierney's advice cashed in huge!
Now, Tierney has been studying the 2020 Olympics event schedule and digging down into the individual sports. He has released three CONFIDENT best bets, two of which bring plus-money payouts!
One shocker: Tierney is fading the favored American Norman in the men's 400 meters! The 23-year-old is making his first run at Olympic stardom, and he's doing it under immense pressure. His mother is from Japan, and he is a national celebrity. That could give him motivation, but Tierney thinks the pressure will cancel that out in just Norman's second major international competition, and the expert is taking a different tack.
Tierney sees a couple of runners who could spoil Norman's coronation, and he is going with the best combination of quality and value. The runner Tierney is taking is a proven winner who won't be rattled under the bright lights of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This experienced athlete has been gunning for this race, and he is more than capable of pulling off the upset. The Olympics expert has released three CONFIDENT picks for this weekend's competitions.
His best bets are offering tremendous value, so you ABSOLUTELY need to see Tierney's analysis and who he is backing before you make any 2020 Olympics picks or Tokyo 2020 swimming predictions of your own.
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