The Olympic Games are prestigious and everyone hopes to win a medal, from the competitors, to the millions of fans watching at home. It is an event which attracts so much attention that everyone’s eyes are set on it, multiple years in advance. Bookmakers love the Olympic Games, mostly because they make a lot of money for almost everyone. Every bookmaker has promotions when the Olympic Games, or any other major sports event is nearing, like Betfair and others.
The 2020 Olympic Games will be taking place in Tokyo and will be one of the best ones yet. Swimming, specifically, will be one of the sports people will have their eyes on, for multiple reasons. The first of those reasons is that Michael Phelps has retired. The second, and more important is that his records, at least some of them, have already been broken, and by different athletes, all young and hungry. Here is a list of swimmers to watch out for in the 2020 Olympics.
Kristof Milak – Hungary
Hungary is known for water-polo and swimming. They are fierce in these water sports and have been known to compete at the highest of levels. Kristof Milak is only 19 years old and has already broken one of Phelps’ records, the 200 meter butterfly. Well, people often call it shattering, rather than breaking, because it was that much better. At the 2019 Aquatic Championships, Milak showed the world that he is a competitor to look out for. He also won 3 gold medals during the 2018 Youth Olympics.
Kliment Kolesnikov – Russia
Russia is also a fierce sports competitor, in multiple areas. The 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in Russia and even though football fans had their fair share of fun, swimming fans are looking forward to the Olympics, and to seeing Kolesnikov race. He is 18 and has already had multiple victories at various competitions. The notable are the 2018 European Championships where he won 6 medals. Four of them were in team races and two in individual ones. He is also the first swimmer born in the 2000s to have made a significant international victory and hold a world record.
Caeleb Dressel – United States
He was already competing at the 2016 Olympics and took home two medals, in team events. He broke two of Phelps’ records in 2019, and took home 9 medals, also breaking Phelps’ record of taking 7 wins in a single event. Looking towards the 2020 Olympics, he will most likely be a favorite to win multiple races.
These are the swimmers to look out for in the next couple of years, but most notably at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Regan Smith – United States
Regan Smith competed at the 2016 Olympic trials but wasn’t viable to compete in the main event due to her age, 14 at the time. In 2019, however, she broke Missy Franklin’s record for 200 meter backstroke and won her first title, at the World Aquatics Championships. She is a record-holder in two disciplines, the 100 and 200 meter backstrokes.