- Caeleb Dressel has -600 favorite odds to win the Men’s 100m Butterfly at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
- Dressel is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and also holds 15 World Championship medals.
TOKYO – Caeleb Dressel is one of the big names in Olympic swimming as the 2021 Summer Olympic Games approaches. The 24-year-old two-time gold medalist is favored in multiple events, including the Men’s 100m Butterfly and the Men’s 100m Freestyle.
Dressel also has 15 World Championship (LC) medals, including 13 gold medals. With a resume as strong as his, it is no surprise that Olympic betting fans are confidently wagering on him to take the gold in each event.
Poised For Olympic Success
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Dressel will be competing in seven swimming events during the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Four of the events are relays, and individually Dressel will be swimming in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, and the 100m butterfly.
Dressel did not gain an individual gold medal during his first trip to the Olympics in 2016 Rio; his two medals came from relay events. In the years since, however, Dressel has proven himself to be one of the biggest names in the sport to look out for.
Dressel set the 50m freestyle record in 2019 at 21.04 seconds during the South Korea World Championship event. He then tied his record-setting time during the qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics while taking first place. This shows that he is in peak form heading into the Olympic Games.
Dressel also came in first place during the 100m freestyle trials, clinching an Olympic spot with a time of 47.39.
This dominating display shows why legal sports betting sites see Dressel with the shortest odds.
Tokyo 2021 – Men’s 100m Freestyle
- Caeleb Dressel (USA) +125
- David Popovici (ROU) +350
- Kliment Kolesnikov (ROC) +400
- Kyle Chalmers (AUS) +450
- Alessandro Miressi (ITA) +800
David Popovici is someone Dressel needs to look out for, as the 16-year-old swimming sensation set the record for the 100m freestyle at 47.3 during his qualifiers.
Not Chasing Legends
With his incredible play, it is no surprise that Dressel has drawn heavy comparisons to former Team USA teammate Michael Phelps. Phelps will not be competing in the Tokyo Olympics, leaving the stage open for a new legend to take that spot.
Dressel is unfazed by this, however, not comparing himself to Phelps as he competes to create his own legacy.
“I swim different events than Michael,” said Dressel when asked if he is the next Michael Phelps. “I’m not chasing someone else’s goals. I want to chase my own.”
Despite Dressel’s reluctance, it is hard not to compare the two as Dressel becomes the new face of swimming in the USA.
Dressel beat the 100m butterfly record set by Phelps by 0.32 seconds, setting it to 49.5 seconds. This record is why Dressel is the runaway favorite for the 100m butterfly event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Tokyo 2021 – Men’s 100m Butterfly
- Caeleb Dressel (USA) -600
- Kristof Milak (HUN) +400
- Matthew Temple (AUS) +1400
- Josif Miladinov (BUL) +2500
During the qualifiers, Caeleb swam for 49.87. This is his third-fastest 100m butterfly time and the fifth time he swam sub-50.
Sports betting fans have already crowned Dressel as the new king of the pool. With the events starting on Saturday, bettors will soon see if he lives up to expectations.
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