There are only a few sports that can captivate the audience as much as gymnastics. Many would be shocked to hear that gymnastics competitions have been one of the most-watched events at the Olympics, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics won’t be any different.
It’s hard to say where the appeal for gymnastics lies, but its centenary has something to do with the sport being easy to understand without needing to engage in extensive research on what the athletes need to do to win.
Today we take a look at the teams and athletes you should watch out for at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so you know how to bet on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Betting Odds.
Gymnastics Betting Guide for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
2020 Tokyo Olympics Gymnastics
- When: July 24 – August 3
- Where: Olympic Gymnastic Centre in Tokyo, Japan
2020 Tokyo Olympics Gymnastics schedule
The first week of the competition will feature the all-around for both team and individual, followed by specific apparatuses. The 2020 Tokyo Gymnastics will kick off with men’s qualifying for team all-around, individual all-around, and apparatus finals on Saturday, July 24.
On the following day, women will qualify in those disciplines.
The men’s finals will take place on Monday, July 26, while the women’s finals are slated for Tuesday, July 27. The competition will continue with men’s individual all-around on Wednesday, July 28, and women’s individual all-around the following day. The apparatus finals will be held on August 1-3.
Sandwiched between the individual all-around finals and the apparatus finals will be the trampoline competitions, starting with women on July 30 and men’s competition on Saturday, July 31.
The rhythmic gymnastics is scheduled for August 6-8, with the women’s individual qualifiers on Friday, August 6. The finals are slated for August 7, with the team qualifiers taking place later the same day, culminating with the team finals on August 8.
Men’s Gymnastics Favourites
Japan is the reigning Olympic champion in men’s gymnastics and the second-most successful country in history. The Japanese have won 97 gymnastic gold medals on the men’s side, which included 31 gold medals.
The Soviet Union has won 94 medals (39 gold), while Russia added 21 medals and four golds, making Russia by far the most accomplished country in the sport. Russian athletes finished second in Rio five years ago; however, they are the reigning world champions.
Meanwhile, Japan managed only bronze in Rio but is coming off a runner-up finish at the 2019 World Championships.
To no one’s surprise, Russia and Japan are expected to compete for gold in Tokyo. However, there are plenty of athletes from other countries that have proven their worth and should be considered as strong candidates to steal the spotlight.
Japan’s Kōhei Uchimura is by far the most successful athlete, having won the last two all-around men’s titles, but will face tough competition from Great Britain’s Max Whitlock. However, the latter hasn’t competed in any major events since the 2016 Olympics.
Nikita Nagornyy of Russia joins the field of favorites as the reigning world champion, alongside his countrymen Artur Dalaloyan, who claimed silver at the 2019 World Championships. Ukraine’s Oleg Vernyayev won bronze in 2019 but has claimed silver in the all-round in Brazil.
Women’s Gymnastics Favourites
While Japan and Russia dominate the men’s competition, it’s the United States whose female athletes are considered the best in the world. The US has won the past two team Olympic team championships and are expected to three-peat this year in Japan.
Still, the Russian team is always a threat, having edged out China for silver in 2016 after China won gold on home soil in 2008. Italy’s women’s team could prove to be a strong underdog, having won bronze at the 2019 World Championships, where they edged out China by just over half a point.
While many will wonder whether the USA can claim their third team gold medal, the real question is whether anyone can stop Simone Biles. She is not only the defending Olympics champions but a five-time world champion.
The only real threat for Billes seems to be China’s Tang Xijing, who finished two points behind her at the 2019 World Championships. Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber is a live underdog, having finished third in Rio on the vault, while Sanne Wevers of Netherlands is the defending champion on the balance beam, which Biles won at the World Championships.
Trampoline, Rhythmic Gymnastics Favourites
Russia are the reigning champions in the team rhythmic gymnastics; Spain finished runners-up in Rio, while Bulgaria finished in third. Surprisingly, Spain did not qualify for the team competition this year, which should make the 2020 Tokyo rhythmic gymnastics competition a bit more exciting and unpredictable.
In the men’s trampoline, Belarusian Uladzislau Hancharou is the defending Olympic champion from 2016 Rio and was the key man behind Belarus’ 2019 World Championship team title. However, the Olympics only sponsors individual competitions, meaning Hancharou will have to battle his main two competitors in Dong Dong and Gao Lei of China.
Lei is the defending world champion from 2019 when Dong won bronze.
On the women’s side, Canada’s Rosie MacLennan is the defending champion and 2019 World Championship bronze medalist. Her main competitors are Great Britain’s Bryony Page and China’s Li Dan, who won silver and bronze in Rio.
Chisato Doihata and Hikaru Mori join the list of the favorites as the 2019 World Championship silver medalist and champion, respectively.
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