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Top Head-to-Head Betting Events for FINA World Aquatics Championships 2019

Date Posted: July 4, 2019

As the FINA World Aquatics Championships 2019 nears, online sportsbooks start adding betting lines to their swimming wager markets. Among these lines are the rivalries believed by oddsmakers to be best-suited for head-to-head betting.

Taking place on July 12 to 28 at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea, the swimming competitions shall cover 76 medal events across six aquatic sports. Forty-two of these medals are in swimming, 7 in open water swimming, 10 in synchronized swimming, 13 in diving, two in high diving, and two in water polo.

Among the top head-to-head betting odds now out early in some sportsbooks are for the following:

800m Freestyle – Women

  • Katie Ledecky (USA): 1.03
  • Ariarne Titmus (AUS): 9.00

Katie Ledecky holds a stunning swimming record including her back-to-back Olympic championship in the 800m freestyle for women (2012 and 2016) and her three world championships in a row (2013, 2015, and 2017). Her rival, Ariarne Titmus, also flaunts big wins, including her the 800m freestyle gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and her silver at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

But there is no doubt Ledecky is a lot more decorated than Titmus. So Katie stands here as the clear big favorite.


50m Butterfly – Women

  • Sarah Sjostrom (SWE): 1.13
  • Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED): 5.00

Interestingly, Sarah Sjostrom is the present holder of the world record for the fastest swimmer in 50m butterfly and freestyle (both long course), 100m freestyle (long course), and 200m freestyle (short course). She also holds an Olympic gold medal for 100m butterfly and two FINA World Aquatics Championships gold medal for the same event (2015 and 2017).

Ranomi Kromowidjojo holds Olympic gold medals as well but for 50m and 100m freestyle (2012). But this head-to-head event is for butterfly, so she is at a clear disadvantage against Sarah. It’s also noteworthy that in the last Worlds, Ranomi finished just second to Sjostrom.

200m Freestyle – Men

  • Danas Rapsys (LTU): 1.15
  • James Guy (GBR): 4.75

Lithuanian swimmer Danas Rapsys is a onetime Olympian hoping to be part of Tokyo 2020. Though he’s never won any Olympic medal yet, he earned a gold for 400m freestyle and a silver for 200m freestyle at the World Championships last year. He also was a gold medalist in 200m freestyle at the 2017 European Championships and 2017 Summer Universiade.

Unlike his Lithuanian rival, James Guy already won 2 medals, both silver, at the Olympics in 2016. Further, this English swimmer was also a gold medalist at the Worlds 2015 and 2017 and at the European Champs 2016 and 2018. All these medals, though, are for relay events, which is why Danas Rapsys is still the one favored by bookies.


800m Freestyle – Men

  • Florian Wellbrock (GER): 1.20
  • Henrik Christiansen (NOR): 4.00

Young as he is, 21-year-old Florian Wellbrock stands as the favorite in this event. In 2016, he joined the Olympics, particularly the men’s 1500m freestyle. Although he did not win any medal, his record at the 2018 European Championships holds volume about his chance of winning against his match. Last year in Glasgow, he won a gold medal in 1500m freestyle, a silver in team open water, and a bronze in 800m freestyle.

Henrik Christiansen, on the other hand, has never won any major championship yet. But he was a silver medalist at the 2018 Worlds and 2016 European Championships in 400m freestyle.

Betting on the events above is now offered by some online sportsbook including bwin.com. Sports bettors can expect the number of FINA World Aquatics Championships 2019 betting lines to increase as the competition comes closer.

The World Championships this year will be the 18th since 1973. All through history, the United States has had the most number of wins in FINA record, totaling to 586 medals. Following the US is China and Russia with 296 and 210 medals, respectively.