One of the more spectacular of the martial arts, taekwondo originated in Korea and is characterised by a range of kicks: jumping, spinning and head-height kicks using a range of fast-kicking techniques.
It was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by Korean martial arts experts and, somewhat fittingly, made its Olympics bow at Seoul in 1988.
Taekwondo at the Olympics 2021
South Korean athletes have excelled in the Olympics taking twice as many medals as their nearest competitors with 19 in total, 12 of them gold.
One of the greatest taekwondo Olympians, however, was from Dallas and represented the US at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics winning two golds and a bronze. Steven Lopez was part of the famous Lopez family that had three members representing their country at Beijing 2008: younger siblings Mark and Diana winning silver and bronze respectively.
The US has high hopes that Jackie Galloway can claim another medal at Tokyo 2021 and upgrade on the bronze she won at Rio 2016. The Dallas resident is aiming to challenge for gold in the heavyweight division with China’s Zheng Shuyin expected to defend her title.
There are four different weight categories at Olympics level and there will be 128 fighters competing in Japan.
Betting on Taekwondo
Is there any taekwondo betting strategy? In a sport where head-to-head records are key, the more you know about the fighters the better chance of making money.
Check out the Olympics records of the competitors to see how they cope at the pinnacle of their sport.
Great Britain’s Jade Jones is going for her third gold in Tokyo and she’s sure to be short-priced so her problems may arise if facing an ‘unknown’; if you’re betting against her then do it when she’s facing someone she’s never fought before.
A popular bet is a top three pick – choose a competitor who you think could win at least a bronze medal. This could prove good value with any ‘home’ Japanese fighters who may do better than their ranking suggests with the home crowd behind them.
For the full range of taekwondo betting odds at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics check legal in the USA betting sites to see their offers for new and existing customers. To compare odds go to Yahoo Sportsbook app or check these free betting tools.