During the Middle Ages swimming used to be one of the agilities of knights and this included having to swim with their armour on. In the 1830’s swimming became a competitive sport in England and in 1828 the first public indoor swimming pool was opened. Later in 1837 the National Swimming Society used to hold swimming competitions and the sport became increasingly popular.
In 1880 the Amateur Swimming Association was established which became the national governing body over more than 300 swimming clubs across England. Swimming has been part of the Olympic Games since 1896 and continues to be one of the most watched events in today’s Olympic Games.
Major Swimming Events
There are not many sports betting sites offering wagers for swimming. If they do offer swimming it is usually the major ones such as the European Championships (best European swimmers swim against other European swimmers to decide the best swimmer on the continent), FINA World Championships (5 day swimming event where swimmers from all around the world compete) and the Olympics (held every 4 years where swimmers can kick start their career). Most of the bets placed on swimming are usually moneyline bets and here bettors bet on the outcome of a single race. The favourite to win is usually given low odds while the underdog is given high odds. This helps to increase betting on either side.
Making the Right Bet
Once bettors have committed themselves to betting on swimming the best things to do is to learn as much as possible about the sport and the competitors. Knowing who the best swimmers are and the different types of swimming races will increase the odds of winning. Finding information about swimming events and who is taking part is very easy. All of this information can be found on the internet. Bettors can find all sorts of valuable information this way which will help them make good decisions when placing a bet. Those bettors who do not do their homework will find that they are not successful. Just picking a name that is familiar without doing some research will usually end up in a loss. Putting some effort into making a decision will benefit bettors in the short and long term for the best online sports betting.
As mentioned, it is the major events which receive the most publicity and it is these events which can be found on the sports betting sites. Most of the sportsbooks will only offer wagers during these major events which means bettors must look out for these. During the major events bettors will find it easy to place bets on swimming because of all the attention of the events which means much more betting and more money for the sports betting sites.
Swimming events that are commonly bet on are the free style events, butterfly, breastroke and backstroke. Bettors wanting to place wagers on these should do careful research as to which competitors excel at these different strokes. Good information to have when wanting to place a bet on a particular swimmer is knowing the age, competitive career, swimming record, any injuries or any other information which would pertain to their overall performance.
Many factors influence a betting decision which makes betting on swimming not an exact science. Just because all of the information looks good does not guarantee a win. Bettors should be careful to only bet what they can afford.