Aquatics World Championships Betting 2017 – Swimming Winner Odds & Predictions

Pool and open water action begins in Budapest

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It is off to the waters in Budapest, Hungary for the rest of the month of July as the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships take place. The event was going to be hosted in Mexico until they pulled out and so Budapest got the nod to hold the tournament. Most of the action from the Championships is indoor but there is also open water swimming events that will be held at Lake Balaton.

Along with the open water swimming, there is diving competitions, regular pool swimming events, synchronised swimming and water polo as well. So it is a full calendar over the fortnight and that brings plenty of Aquatics World Championships Betting opportunities and you enjoy a lot of them live in-play at online bookmaker Ladbrokes. The pool swimming events all run from the 23rd July through to the 30th, so over the first part of the Championships you are looking at the Open water swimming, synchronised swimming, diving and water polo.

There are 180 nations taking part with a total of 76 medals events being contested over the six disciplines.

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Aquatics World Championships 2017 Infographic

Men’s Open Water Swimming Events Preview

The 5k defending champion Chad Ho will have been pleased to have seen Rob Muffels and Matteo Furlan, both of which who were in the medals two years ago, missing this championship. So that gives Ho a strong run at defending his title there. The main challenge to his supremacy could be from David Heron who was sixth at the 2015 5k swim. There are a flurry of decent poll contenders going in the race, like Andrew Gemmell, Jack McLoughlin and Great Britain’s Timothy Shuttleworth.

Stepping up to the 10k there should be an epic showdown. The 2015 World Championships winner Jordan Wilimovsky is going to head to head to the 2016 Olympic champion Ferry Weertman. Two years ago Weertman was second to Wilimovsky out in Kazan but the American seems fully focused in on this and he finished 5th in the 10k swim at the Olympics last year. Marc-Antoine Olivier, who took the bronze at the 2016 Olympics is going to be a contender in here as well, with a fairly strong challenging pack including the likes of Britain’s Jack Burnell and 2012 10k bronze medal Richard Weinberger.

In the big 25k open swim, the field will be headed up by the reigning champion Simone Ruffini, with contenders in Matteo Furlan and Gergely Gyurta.

Women Open Water Swimming Events Preview

Haley Anderson is the reigning 5k champion at the World’s but there is going to be plenty of value at Ladbrokes in backing Ashley Twichell who is coming on leaps and bounds in the sport. She won the nationals for the 10k by a considerable margin. At the 5k nationals, she was third behind Anderson and second placed Rachele Bruni who is skipping the 5k at the World to take on the 10k only. So that should elevate Twichell nicely. Other contenders in the competitive field will be Kalliopi Araouzou and 10k Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal.

Seven of the top ten finishers from the 10k in Rio 2016 will be battling out in the water at the 10k World Championships. That includes the aforementioned Rachele Bruni who is going to be one of the front runners and the 2015 World Champion Aurelie Muller is back in there and both Anderson and Twichell will be competing in the 10k as well. It’s a good open field. The three medalists from the 25k two years ago in Kazan will be battling it out in this year’s 25k. They are Ana Marcela Cunha, Anna Olasz, and Angela Maurer.

Pool Swimming Events

There should be an epic showdown between the US and Australia in the mixed free relay. The USA are the reigning champions and really are only going to come under pressure front the Aussies. You have the two fastest freestylers from the men and the two fastest females going head to head. It’s should be good. Unfortunately for Australia, they have lost Cate Campbell and Kyle Chalmers who are the backbone of their team and that should keep the Americans on top at the end of the day. They are the fastest in the world.

The men’s 800m free style should produce the best showdown of the entire tournament. This is a great race because it brings together the quickest 400m swimmers and the best one milers, and they kind of meet in the middle for the 800m. This will be a new Olympic event in 2020 so the distance will gain popularity here. Two years ago it was shown between Sun Yang who had won the 400m and Gregorio Paltrinieri who had won the 1500m. It was thrilling race and Sun had the extras speed to hold on for the win. Sun didn’t go well at the Olympics last year though and struggled at 1500m, but he has proven he is a great fit at 800. China have won the last four editions of the 800m race at the World. As a dark horse though, Italy’s Gabriele Detti has the season’s best time at the distance.

The 200m breaststroke is going to be one of the hardest events to call because this is wide open. For example at the Olympics last year, Dmitry Balandin came from nowhere to take the goal. Earlier this year, Japan’s, Ippei Watanabe destroyed the world record and it is more than likely that a Japanese swimmer will take this. They have very strong swimmers in the event and the improving Yasuhiro Koseki could well be in with a shot. America will have Kevin Cordes contending.

The women’s 100m free could be a historic one because the 52-second barrier could well go. Cate Campbell nearly did in last summer at the Olympics, but she is missing the Worlds. So that leaves Sarah Sjostrom as the main contender now and she has come very close to the world record. She will be managing her schedule at the Championships to stay fresh for that 100m free. Australia’s Bronte Campbell is the defending champion and she is averaging faster times than when she came fourth at the Olympics last season.

The 400m mixed relay is another format which has been gaining popularity and momentum and this will be at the Olympics 2020 for the first time as well. Great Britain set the world record for this back in 2015 and they are the defending world champions as well. The USA’s times this season suggests that they are going to be favourites to take the win and they have a competitive squad there vying for the places as well. Chiana should be in contention with a very strong team including Xu Jiayu and Yan Ziebi. Great Britain will be back to defend their title, with Adam Peaty as their dominant swimmer. They are missing Fran Halsall and they could get themselves in the medal mix.

Men’s Water Polo

You can look back at the last two major tournaments, the 2016 Olympics and the 2015 FINA World Championships to get an idea of what might happen this year. Serbia won their fifth world title two years ago in Kazan and they followed that up with the title at the Olympics last year as well, so there are your front runners for this year’s edition. Croatia and Italy really are the only ones who potentially look good enough to get close to them. Worst case scenario is that Serbia locks in some medal.

Women’s Water Polo

The USA won the women’s gold at the Olympics last year after taking down Italy in the final. That was doubling up for them after having won the 2015 World as well, so they are the strong favourites going into this year’s edition and should be heavily backed at Ladbrokes in the 2017 Aquatic World Championships. It is tough to find a challenger really and perhaps that would fall on Italy to be the ones to get closest to them so they look value for a medal.
British Hopes

Olympic Gold Medalist Adam Peaty is the great Great British hope for the World Championships. He won the 100m breaststroke gold last summer and he will be the key to their mixed 4x100m medley challenge. It will be interesting to see how young Charlotte Atkinson goes after the 19 year old produced some cracking form at the British Championships this year. Tom Daley was left heartbroken after not landing the gold at the Olympics last year so he should be motivated for a good champion. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears will be looking to add to their Olympic gold with a World Championship title this year. The British team have a 12-string diving squad for the championships.