by Bovada Sportsbook
American Michael Phelps will try to defend his Olympic gold medal in the men's 200m butterfly as the swim meet continues at the London Summer Games early this week, but he'll have to once again contend with Japan's Takeshi Matsuda.
Phelps swam to the gold medal in the men's 200m butterfly in Beijing in 2008, and he's also coming off a win in that race at the 2011 FINA World Championships. Matsuda was second in that race last year behind Phelps, and he won the bronze medal back in 2008.
That has Phelps as the 1/5 favorite on the swimming odds at Bovada Sportsbook to come out on top at the event once again, with qualifying races on Monday and medals set to be handed out on Tuesday. Matsuda is next at 5/1 odds, followed by Hungary's Laszlo Cseh at 12/1 odds; Cseh won the silver medal at this event in Beijing.
The Americans are also favored to win the men's 4x200m freestyle relay on Tuesday, and they'll be looking for some revenge on rival France in that race. France beat the United States for the gold medal in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay on Sunday.
Phelps, Ryan Lochte and company are the 1/4 favorites at Bovada Sportsbook to win the men's 4x200m freestyle relay, with France next at 7/2, and China at 12/1. The Americans won this event at the 2011 FINA World Championships, with France second, and China third.
It's also the women's 200m freestyle gold medal being handed out on Tuesday, with world champion Frederica Pellegrini of Italy the 7/4 favorite over Americans Missy Franklin (5/2) and Allison Schmitt (4/1) plus France's Camille Muffat (4/1). Muffat was third at the 2011 world championships, with Australia's Kylie Palmer (18/1) finishing second at that race.
As well, Ye Shiwen of China is the 2/3 favorite to win the women's 200m individual medley ahead of Australia's Alicia Coutts (6/1) and American Ariana Kukors (7/1); those three swimmers finished 1-2-3 at the 2011 world championships.
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