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Gyurtag eared upt o grabg old; SWIMMING.

TONIGHT'S gold medal action sees several long odds-on shots that aren't really worth opposing, though such is the bursting of the Michael Phelps bubble he was odds-against for the 200m butterfly before last night's semifinals having been 1-5 for last week, writes Stuart Riley . Phelps was third in his heat, but he qualified similarly disappointingly at the World Championships last year before stamping his authority on the final and if he can't win this gold then he really is going to struggle.

Federica Pellegrini has dominated women's 200m freestyle swimming since claiming gold in Beijing and while she's been slow into stride this week, this is her event and she really should be favourite so the 2-1 looks too big.

Several events begin this morning, with Japan's Kosuke Kitajima bidding for a third Olympic gold in the men's 200m breaststroke after missing out on a medal altogether in the 100m breaststroke.

However after that defeat Kitajima is no longer favourite and he is opposed with 11-8 favourite Daniel Gyurta from Hungary. Despite being just 23, this is Gyurta's third Games and in this, his best event, his time has finally come and it may in fact be Japan's other swimmer Ryo Tateishi who gives Gyurta most to think about.

In the men's 100m freestyle Australia's James Magnussen is a worthy favourite, but the 5-6 is plenty short enough and Canada's Brent Hayden may be worth an interest at 20-1. Second at last year's worlds, Hayden was world champion in 2007, but was pulled out after going fastest in the heats by his coach to focus on the relay in Beijing. He has the pedigree to challenge and his price looks wrong. That doesn't mean he'll win, but he should go close. Recommendation Men's 200m breaststroke D Gyurta 1pt win 11-8 general Men's 100m freestyle B Hayden 1pt 20-1 general Daniel Gyurta has high hopes of glory today
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2012
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