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All throughout the last couple of days, Michael Phelps has said in interviews that this will be the last heat he swims, the last semifinal, and the last time he will walk through the Olympics as a competitor.
Now, we are down to his last race ever. At least that’s what he is sticking too.
But if that is the case, if we are only going to see the greatest Olympian of all time compete in one more race, then we should all tune into watch and pay homage to what Phelps has done for the Olympics for America and his sport of swimming.
It will be in the final of the 100m Butterfly that Phelps will swim his last Olympic event. And if you remember, this was the race in Beijing four years ago in which Phelps out touched and won by just .01 seconds. Faster than a lightning strike according to Morgan Freeman.
So will Phelps be denied a gold medal in his final race? Oddsmakers definitely do not think so.
2012 Olympic Swimming Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Phelps as the huge favorite to win the gold medal in the 100m Butterfly, which will take place at 4:05pm ET on Friday.
Phelps has been set at 1/7 on the payout to win gold. The next closest competitor behind him is Chad Le Clos of South Africa, who defeated Phelps in the 200m Butterfly. But Le CLos is set well back at 5/1 here on this betting line, with the odds clearly favoring Phelps.
It’s almost sad to think that this will be Phelps’ last Olympic race, even though everyone, including his mother, want to see him continue for another four years and go to the Rio Olympics in 2016. Phelps is just 27 now and seemingly in the prime of his career. He would be 31 by the time the Rio games come around, but he continues to insist that there is no chance of that happening.
So this is your final chance to bet on Phelps at the 2012 Olympics, and your last chance to probably bet on Phelps in any swimming competition at all.
He is the huge favorite, with a small payout, but is about as close to a sure thing as you can get on a betting line.
You can watch this event live on NBC.com. Check out these betting odds and more for the swimming events on Friday below.