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When it comes to the 2012 United States Olympics team, there are few athletes more popular than Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. They are the top-two swimmers in the world, and will be going head-to-head in a few races in London which will surely garner plenty of attention.
Phelps set the record for most gold medals won in 2008, when he captured eight. That also made him the all-time greatest Olympic champion.
And with Phelps setting records, Lochte was largely overlooked despite coming close to Phelps in a couple of races and winning gold himself.
But since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, it’s been Lochte to has risen to the best swimmer in the world, beating Phelps at his own game. Phelps had previously said that 2008 would be his last Olympics, but a renewed work ethic and drive has put him back in the pool for 2012. Though these will be his last he said for sure.
With the attention that this rivalry has brought on a national, and global scale, oddsmakers have jumped in on this action and installed a number of head-to-head Phelps vs Lochte betting odds which are available at Bovada Sportsbook.
Phelps and Lochte will go up against each other in two races in London, the 200 IM and 400 IM. Oddsmakers are divided down the middle, splitting the swimmers with each set as a favorite in one. To win the line, neither swimmer necessarily has to win the gold, they just have to finish ahead of the other. However, both swimmers are favored big time to go 1-2.
For the 200 IM, it’s Phelps who is set as a -130 favorite to finish ahead of Lochte. Lochte is going off at Even on the betting line. In the 400 IM, Lochte is a -165 favorite, while Phelps comes in a +130.
The final betting line set down matches these two head-to-head for most gold medals. Phelps is a -175 favorite to win more gold medal than Lochte, who is going off at +135.
Either way, we know that these two swimmers have captivated the sport, and should make for an exciting Olympics.
Below, you can find the betting odds for this and more as seen on Bovada, so be sure to check them out and see how they stack up.