SwimSwam’s Olympic Pick’ Em Contest: Ledecky, Peaty Emerge As Big Favorites

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

It’s last call for entries in SwimSwam’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic pick ’em contest, with selections closing at 5 am Eastern Time on July 24, one hour before the first preliminary heats kick off.

If you’ve already entered but want to change some of your picks, you’re able to do so right up until the deadline by going to the “edit your responses” option.

Click Here to Enter

Here are a few statistics from the entries we’ve received thus far:

  • Katie Ledecky is the biggest favorite to win an event, earning 99.2% of the first-place selections in the women’s 1500 freestyle. Adam Peaty is a close second in the men’s 100 breaststroke at 99.1%.
  • The most wide open event, according to our readers, appears to be the women’s 50 free, where the top pick, Sarah Sjostrom, only received 32.6% of the first-place selections. Australians Emma McKeon (22.5%) and Cate Campbell (21.8%) have also been popular picks.
  • The race that looks like the closest thing to a coin flip between two swimmers is the women’s 400 free, where top seed Ariarne Titmus (52.2%) and Ledecky (47.8%) are near a 50/50 split to win.
  • The most popular second-place pick is currently Kristof Milak in the men’s 100 butterfly (86.5%), with Simona Quadarella not far behind in the women’s 1500 free (82.5%).
  • The strongest favorite in a relay are the Aussie women in the 4×100 free, receiving 92.4% of first-place votes.
  • The most wide open relay event comes is the men’s 4×200 free, where Great Britain (43.1%) leads the pack but the United States (17.7%), Russia (17.0%), Australia (11.5%) and Italy (10.7%) have all received their fair share of first-place selections.

Click here for a full breakdown of the pick ’em contest rules, scoring system and prizes.

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Swimmka
2 months ago

It would be interesting to know what is the score for Milak 200 fly? This seems to be the most predictable win…

Editor
Reply to  Swimmka
2 months ago

97.5%. Seto has 1.9% of 1st place picks in that event.

Idc
Reply to  Swimmka
2 months ago

I think men’s 100 breast and women’s 1500 are more predictable and it seems 99.1% of people agree with me.

Drake
2 months ago

proudly part of the 0.9% for MA gold in 1 breast

Troyy
Reply to  Drake
2 months ago

I think you meant stup1dly.

Dee
2 months ago

10.7% of readers have Italy in the mens 4×2? Are you guys okay?

Canadian Swammer
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

Italy is a bit of a sleeper there but picking them for Gold does seem crazy.

newxus
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

It’s because all of the dropdowns for individual events are ordered by seed time, whereas for the relay events they’re ordered by 2019 prelims finishers (or something like that). When you fill out the form, you see that Italy are listed first in the dropdown and so 10% of readers just clicked the first choice as Italy assuming that must mean they have the top seed time lol

john26
2 months ago

would love to see a grid for each event & percentages per athlete

Admin
Reply to  john26
2 months ago

After the event closes we’ll try to put that together.

Mr Piano
2 months ago

Peaty recently gave an interview where he said he is going for “project immortal”, which is a 56.5. This is meant to be a perfect swim according to Peaty.

Dee
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

I think he said his “perfect swim” comes up to 56.1, so they decided 56.5 was the ‘target’, as a perfect swim doesn’t exist.

Little Mermaid
2 months ago

I got 100 Benjamins on Walsh in 200IM to win it all! Lets get this started! Yea!

john26
Reply to  Little Mermaid
2 months ago

$10,000? That’s a lot

Idc
Reply to  Little Mermaid
2 months ago

Either you didn’t realize what 100 Benjamin’s mean or your out of your mind.

john26
Reply to  Idc
2 months ago

or he’s loaded

Sub13
Reply to  Little Mermaid
2 months ago

You can thank Kaylee if you win that bet

sggs
2 months ago

is it allowed to pick the same athlete at different spots in the same event?

Admin
Reply to  sggs
2 months ago

Nothing stopping it!

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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