Olympic Sailing Betting
Sailing has a long history as an Olympic sport, with the very first event scheduled for the inaugural modern Olympic Games in 1896. Unfortunately, that first event didn’t go ahead because of poor weather conditions, but that was rectified in 1900 and the sport has been a popular Olympic event ever since. In fact, it has now been featured in every Olympic Games since 1908.
There are several different Olympic Sailing events for bettors to take a look at, each involving a specific type of craft (for example, dinghies or keelboats) and/or a specific type of race (for example, a Match race involving just two craft or a Fleet race involving three or more craft.)
All Olympic Sailing events comprise several races, with points awarded to participants according to their finishing position. A craft that finishes a race in first place would therefore receive just one point with the craft in second place receiving two points, the third receiving three points, and so on. The only exception to this is in the final medal race, where the points awarded are doubled. Points are totalled as the event progresses, and when all races have been completed the competitor with the fewest points is awarded the gold medal.
Betting markets for Olympic Sailing allow you to bet on which participant will win the gold medal, which will win a particular race, and which nation will fare best in terms of medals when the final results of all sailing events are combined. Some bookmakers will also allow you to bet in-running as the races take place, as will most betting exchanges.
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