Here is our short weightlifting betting guide: US betting sites and sportsbooks, strategies and expert picks.
How to bet on weightlifting?
The sport is not an obvious choice to invest a few dollars but, as in all betting, if you do your research on the competitors you can minimise the chances of placing a losing bet.
There will be many short-priced weightlifting favorites but few will be shorter than Lasha Talakhadze from the country of Georgia in the men’s +105kg. If you want to avoid betting on the vivid favorite, then a popular wager is the top three bet where you’re betting on an athlete to claim at least a bronze: worth looking at a top three bet on the Japanese weightlifters who will likely perform above their expected level in front of a home crowd.
Where to bet on weightlifting online in the United States?
Sarah Robles is the best US bet for a weightlifting medal so check betting odds at the leading American sportsbooks like betamerica, Sugarhouse, Fox Bet, Unibet NJ, Pointsbet and bet365 to find out what odds they’re offering. Also, keep an eye on what deals sites are offering for new and existing customers. For Olympic news check sites like teamusa. Live action is available on the olympicchannel and NBC.
Weightlifting at the Olympics
To many, the image of an athlete lifting a weighted metal bar over their head may seem archaic, but weightlifting remains an integral part of the Olympics program. Weightlifting itself is as old as civilization – evidence of humans testing their strength against each other have been found in ancient Egypt, Greece and China.
There was an outdoor ‘test of strength’ at the first modern Olympics in 1896 but the first weightlifting event in its own right took place at Antwerp 1920 with a range of one- and two-handed disciplines.
There was no place for women’s weightlifting until Sydney 2000 with US athlete Tara Nott taking the inaugural gold in the flyweight division. Nott, born in Texas and raised in Kansas, was originally awarded silver but after original winner, Izabela Dragneva of Bulgaria, was stripped of her title for doping violations, Nott was awarded gold.
The US men have struggled to make an impact in weightlifting at recent Olympics Games where Chinese athletes have dominated, but Sarah Robles has high hopes in the women’s super-heavyweight division after taking bronze at Rio 2016 – the first US weightlifting medal since 2000.
Photo: Rio de Janeiro – O georgiano Lasha Talakhadze bate o recorde mundial e leva ouro no levantamento de peso com 473kg ( Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil)