Olympics Betting: Magnussen drifts as Barrett shocks
Bronte Barratt shocked the swimming world by qualifying fastest for tomorrow's 200m freestyle final.
There was more heartbreak for Australia in the pool last night at Olympics 2012, and as the odds for Magnussen in the 100m drift following Agnel's 200m win, will there be more woe tonight or is there a golden lining in the shape of an Aussie outsider rising to win?
She'd broken an Olympic record in her heat and won her semi-final by close to a body length in a time almost one second faster than her nearest rival, but the Australian anguish in the pool at London 2012 continued this morning when (1.11) favourite Emily Seebohm failed to capture our first individual gold medal despite being the shortest-priced favourite of any swimmer in an Olympic final to date.
Seebohm, who had been backed at a top price of (15.50), was crunched by Betfair backers around the world to start as (1.11) favourite, with eventual gold medalist Missy Franklin her nearest rival in betting at (12.50).
The tale of woe was exacerbated for in-play punters as Seebohm was matched at (1.05) when in the lead into the final lap, with Franklin trading at (18.50) before powering home to grab the gold inside the final five-metres.
More than 97% of the money traded on the women's 100m backstroke gold medal winner was on Seebohm.
The good betting story of the morning revolved around 15-year-old Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, who defeated American champion Rebecca Soni in the 100m breaststroke final after being backed at a high price of (150.0) during the heats. Meilutyte started the (1.72) favourite with Soni at (2.48) and shortening to (1.30) during the race.
The brilliant victory by France's Yannick Agnel in the men's 200m freestyle final has seen him shorten dramatically in betting for the 100m.
Magnussen was (1.31) to win the gold medal prior to yesterday's disastrous relay result with Agnel (7.60) only 24 hours ago.
Australia's Bronte Barratt shocked the swimming world by qualifying fastest for tomorrow's 200m freestyle final, but despite this, Betfair punters consider her only a rough chance @ Betfair odds of (11.50) to win gold and (2.64) to win a medal.
Alicia Coutts turned in an impressive semi-final swim to qualify second-fastest for the 200m individual medley final but is a staggering (26.0) to win the gold medal.
China's brilliant swimmer Shiwen Ye currently @ Betfair odds of (1.06) to take out the I-M double.