Only a couple of days separate us from the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, where some of the best athletes in the world will compete for the prestige that comes with winning the gold medal. The athletes will compete over 33 different sports and 339 events, presenting us with plenty of action to follow, but most importantly, to bet on.
In today’s Tokyo Olympics preview, we take a look at a sport that might get as much attention as football or basketball but is just as exciting for those who like big and heavy things. Of course, we’re talking about the manliest sport on the schedule – Weightlifting.
So without further ado, let’s jump into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Weightlifting preview, where we take a look at four names you should watch out for when placing bets on Weightlifting Odds.
2020 Tokyo Olympics Weightlifting Betting Analysis
2020 Tokyo Olympics – Weightlifting
- When: July 24- August 4
- Where: Tokyo International Forum
Lasha Talakhadze – Georgia
- Category: +109kg
- Odds: -1200
Lasha Talakhadze travels to Tokyo as one of the main betting favorites to claim his second gold medal. The 27-year-old Georgian has already won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games, where she completed a clean and jack of 258kg and snatch of 215kg.
Adding to that, he has four World Championship titles from 2015 Houston, 2017 Anaheim, 2018 Ashgabat, and 2019 Pattaya, as well as five European Championships from 2016 Forde, 2017 Split, 2018 Bucharest, 2019 Batumi, and 2021 Moscow.
He is undeniably the most dominant weightlifter in the men’s super-heavyweight class and a three-time international Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Male Lifter of the Year.
Shi Zhiyong – China
- Category: +73kg
- Odds: -600
Shi Zhiyong won gold in the 69kg category in Rio and holds the world record in men’s 73kg class in clean and jerk, snatch, and total. He broke the snatch world record (169kg) at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in April 2021, while he set the other two records back in 2019.
Besides his recent success, Shi Zhiyong also holds three World Championship titles from 2015 Houston, 2018 Ashgabat, and 2019 Pattaya. To that, he added four Asian Championship titles from 2012 Pyeongtaek, 2016 Tashkent 2019 Ningbo, and 2020 Tashkent.
Laurel Hubbard – New Zealand
- Category: +87kg
- Odds: +400
Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics, marking a monumental moment in the history of the sporting competition. She is ranked no.7 in the IWF’s women’s +87gk division.
Hubbard has previously competed in the men’s weightlifting division before her transition in 2013 but has not achieved much success before the change.
Hubbard travels to Tokyo with six titles across the last four years. That includes gold medals from the 2017 World Masters Games, 2019 Pacific Games, two Commonwealth Championships titles from 2017 and 2019, as well as two gold medals from the 2019 and 2017 Oceania Championships.
Hidilyn Diaz – Philippines
- Category: +55kg
- Odds: +480
Hidilyn Diaz wrote history for her nation in Brazil when she became the first Filipino woman to win a Summer Olympic medal after 20 years. It also marked the nation’s first non-boxing medal since 1932, when José Villanueva won bronze in men’s Bantamweight.
She won silver in the 53kg category after successfully lifting 88 kg in snatch and 112kg in clean and jerk. She later added a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games and bronze in the 2019 World Championships. Most recently, Diaz won gold in the women’s 55kg event at the Roma 2020 World Cup.