- Olympic weightlifting reaches the finals this week in the 59kg and 64kg divisions.
- Taipei’s Kuo Hsing-chun holds massive -1200 odds to win gold in the 59kg, while the 64kg gold is up for grabs between Maude Charron (+150) of Canada, and Mercedes Perez (+175) of Columbia.
TOKYO – The women’s weightlifting competition reaches its final in two division this week, with focus turning to the betting odds for the event in Tokyo.
The 59kg division and 64kg division are in very different positions on the betting board, with the 59kg division having one of the strongest favorites in the whole Olympics in Kuo Hsing-chun listed at -1200 odds and full odds for the event are available on the legal sportsbooks.
Weightlifting 59kg Women Winner
- Kuo Hsing-Chun -1200
- Mikiko Andoh +900
- Alexandra Escobar +1400
- Hoang Thi Duyen +2000
- Yusleidy Figueroa +2000
- Zoe Smith +2000
Hsing-Chun hails from Chinese Taipei where she is dubbed the “goddess of weightlifting”. Kuo won bronze previously in the 58kg division back at Rio 2016 and is now ready to ascend to the top of her sport.
Kuo set the record for the 58kg clean and jerk back at the 2017 World Championships and is the massive favorite to win gold in the straight-up lift for the 59kg division.
The 64kg division is very different, as there is not one clear-cut favorite heading into the event.
Weightlifting 64kg Women Winner
- Maude Charron +150
- Mercedes Perez +175
- Angie Palacios +450
- Sarah Davies +650
- Chen Wen-Huei +1000
Maude Charron of Canada and Mercedes Perez of Columbia are nearly tied for the top position on Olympic betting sites.
Perez enters these games with interesting circumstances, as she is the only female athlete from Columbia competing in Tokyo due to a doping scandal that unfolded leading up to the competition.
Her biggest hurdle is the Canadian Charron, who is the reigning champion of the Commonwealth Games and Pan American championships.
Both of these athletes are the favorites in this event due to defending gold medalist Deng Wei of China and three-time Euro champion Loredana Toma of Romania both not allowed to compete due to injury (in Wei’s case) and doping punishment. Now, the door is open for either Charron or Perez to win the first medal in their nations’ history in women’s weightlifting.
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