Competitive swimming has been in existence since the earliest Olympic games in Ancient Greece. It took off recreationally with the development of indoor baths in the 1800s and has been the foundation of water sports competitions the world over. It’s a good value sport for bettors to get familiar with, as there are always plenty of markets available on races of various distances and styles.
Whatever the competition, most races are usually organised to Olympic standards. The most common forms of events are the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle forms. All these are usually practiced in races of 50m, 100m, and 200m distances, but some, such as the freestyle, can go as long as 1500m. There are also relay and medley races one can wager on.
The most common swimming bets are money line markets for who will win a particular race. There are also markets available on the fastest lap time, record breaking, and a number of wins or medals acquired in a particular tournament. It is quite a linear sport, so there’s not a massive range of different bet types, but this is made up for by the high volume of individual events you’ll find at any given competition. Races can go by very quickly, so the In Play markets can be quite fiendish, but they’re easier to follow when fans use live streaming and mobile betting.
Swimming New Zealand operates the competitive calendar for all the country’s swimming events, such as the Commonwealth Games qualifier and NZ Open Championships. Internationally, the key events to bet on swimming are the Commonwealth Games, Summer Olympics, European Aquatics Championships, FINA World Championships, and World Cup. You’ll find a high volume of markets all year round, so getting familiar with this sport is worth it as you’ll have a lot of events you can win on.
Lots of big bookmakers cover this sport’s markets. Unibet and Betfair both have exceptional coverage and might be able to provide fans with a bonus to boost their bet slip. It’s best to compare swimming odds to make sure that whatever wager you pick, you stand to make the maximum money back. OddsDigger can help fans access the best offers around with a service that is fast, efficient, and totally cost-free.