What are the medal odds for PH Olympic betting in weightlifting, taekwondo and swimming?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games run from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Nineteen Filipino athletes competing in 11 sports will be in action as the Philippines seek to win their first official Olympic gold medal. Ahead of the Games, ESPN5 is producing a four-part series about the 19 athletes. This is the second part, featuring athletes competing in weightlifting, taekwondo and aquatics.


Hidilyn diaz

Women 55kg

Elreen Ando

64kg women

Form before the Olympics

Diaz has been locked in Malaysia for much of the pandemic. Although she has participated in various online tournaments, her only live event was the Asian Weightlifting Championship which was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, last April.

She was unable to win a medal in the tournament although it is clear that she is still the country’s top medal prospect for the Tokyo Olympics.

However, this performance should be taken with a grain of salt. The top two weightlifters (Liao Qiuyun and Li Yajun) were from China and they had to push their performances as only the best bet will qualify for the Olympics. Diaz, on the other end of the phone, needed only to show up and take one lift to book his ticket to Tokyo.

Diaz immediately resumed training in Malaysia for his team’s final preparations. This will likely be the last Olympic competition she competes in, so expect Diaz to do all she can.

Elreen Ando, ​​22, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a continental allowance as the International Weightlifting Federation’s top-ranked Asian athlete.

She just had a strong performance at the Asian Weightlifting Championships (AWC) as she finished with two silver medals (clean and jerk and total) and one bronze (snatch).

How they stack up against the competition and medal odds

When it comes to winning a medal, Diaz is as close as the Philippines can get to a guarantee.

China’s bet, Liao, is still the favorite as she holds the world record for the clean and jerk (129 kg) and the total (227 kg) in the women’s 55 kg category. Diaz and Muattar Nabieva from Uzbekistan and the favorites to join her on the podium with 20-year-old Ukrainian athlete Kamila Konotop having an outside chance.

In the women’s 53 kg category, only Diaz will return among those who finished on the podium with gold medalist Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei and bronze medalist Yoon Jin-Hee of Korea, both retiring from the sport. .

The biggest challenge for Diaz will be his performance in Snatch. With China’s Liao holding the clean and jerk world record, the Filipino athlete will have to stay within striking distance or even in the lead after the first part of the competition even if it is not necessarily her favorite.

All eyes will be on Diaz, as writers in the Southeast Asia region have even declared that she is the brightest bet to win a gold medal, but she will have to do her best to make this dream come true.

Ando’s entry into the Tokyo Olympics is just the start of a very long process for her to achieve Olympic success. When Diaz first qualified, she was just 17 for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won the silver medal eight years later in Rio.

Young Ando is expected to follow a similar path.

Winning a medal will be a difficult proposition for 22-year-old Cebuana. She lifted a total of 213 kg in the AWC, 15 kg behind winner Chen Wen-Huei (228 kg) of Chinese Taipei.

Unlike the lighter divisions where Asian women can sweep the podiums, 64kg also includes strong female competitors from the rest of the world. With Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist and world record Deng Wei (best total personal: 261 kg) of China not competing due to injury, Maude Charron of Canada (best total personal: 240 kg) and Mercedes Perez (total personal best: 238 kg) should be the favorites to take the top prize in the weight category. – Carlo Pamintuan


Kurt Bryan Barbosa

Men -58kg

World or Olympic Ranking – Senior Division, Kyorugi Olympic Ranking: 151

Form before the Olympics

Former UAAP MVP Rookie’s chances of making it to the Olympics were already nil with around 10 seconds left in the semi-final match of the Asian qualifying tournament for Tokyo 2020 last May.

Barbosa was down 41-26 with 1:19 remaining in the third and final round against Jordanian Zaid Al-Halawani, and it seemed like all hope was lost, he eventually reduced the lead to five, 49-44, when he threw two successive body hits coming in one, 49-48.

Just before the final buzzer, the National U student-athlete successfully connected on a whim to become the first Philippine male jin since Tshomlee Go in 2008 to qualify for the Summer Games. This is a testament to Barbosa’s hard work, which stems from his early days as a basketball star in Bangued, Abra, who eventually moved on to the martial art.

The 22-year-old had trained at INSPIRE Sports Academy in Laguna for months before the Asian OQT and is in great shape for the competition.

How it compares to the competition and medal odds

According to two-time taekwondo Olympian Stephen Fernandez, who won bronze at the Barcelona Games in 1992 when the event was a demonstration sport, Barbosa will have to defeat strong opponents to try for an Olympic medal.

“The top three players in the world are from Korea, then Italy and Iran,” Fernandez told ESPN5.com by phone.

There are 16 entrants in the weight division, and if they lose their opener, they will be relegated to the draft, opening up a chance to stay in the gold race. Only four wins are needed to clinch gold, Fernandez relayed.

However, given Barbosa’s unique trip to Tokyo, Fernandez believes Barbosa could use her past experiences, coupled with her positive attitude, to mark some upheaval.

“Considering Kurt’s disposition in qualifying, where he showed a lot of heart, he has a great chance. He has a big fighter’s heart. He has something he can really count on in Tokyo,” added Fernandez. – Philippe Matel


Appeal rule

Swimming – 100m and 200m butterfly women

Luc Gebbie

Swimming – 50m and 100m freestyle men

Form before the Olympics

Rule, who won two silver and two bronze at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, will have two chances to compete for a medal in Tokyo after qualifying for two swimming events.

The 24-year-old swimmer first reached the women’s 200m butterfly scoring 830 FINA points after finishing in 2:09:58 minutes – a new national record – at the TYR Pro Swim Series Des Moines, Iowa, last March. year.

She went on to secure a spot in the women’s 100m butterfly, collecting an additional 808 FINA points with a time of 59:55 seconds – another Filipino record – at the Longhorn Elite Invite in Austin, Texas, last May.

Both records are in the Olympic selection times for each event.

Like Rule, Gebbie qualified for two events in Tokyo clocking times that qualify for the Olympic selection times in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

Gebbie, silver and bronze medalist at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, earned 828 FINA points as she set a new national record of 49.94 seconds in the men’s 100m freestyle at the World Aquatic Championships in are held in Gwangju, South Korea two years ago.

The Melbourne-based swimmer also collected 795 FINA points in the men’s 50m freestyle setting another Filipino record of 22.57 seconds at the Australian Olympic trials held last month.

How they stack up against the competition and medal odds

Only 17 tankers will participate this year in the women’s 200m butterfly against 27 during the 2016 edition of the Games. Interestingly, only three of Brazil’s top eight swimmers – and none of the podiums – are in attendance for the event.

Rio 2016 swimmers Zhang Yufei of China, Hali Flickinger of the United States and Brianna Throssell of Australia are expected to lead the field, although a smaller competition field could mean a better chance of competing for a medal for Rule. .

The odds are a little smaller in the 100m butterfly event, where Rule will face 42 other competitors, including defending medalist Sarah Sjöström, who currently holds the world record with a score of 55:48.

As impressive as he has been over the past two years, Gebbie will need to significantly reset his Filipino records in order to give himself a shot at the podium in both events.

Gebbie will face 67 other people in the 50m freestyle event, where 2016 silver medalist Florent Manaudou of France, along with top eight finalists Benjamin Proud of Great Britain, Bruno Fratus of Brazil and Brad Tandy of ‘South Africa.

Meanwhile, in the 100m event, 72 swimmers will compete for a medal. This group includes 2016 gold winner Kyle Chalmers of Australia who reset the junior world record in Rio finishing at 47:58 seconds. – Philippe Matel

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