Day 14 of Olympic betting features a good chance at not just an upset, but a long-shot upset. This is going to be a great night for bettors who chase risk. There are four main contenders for the gold. Two of them are close and the other two are longer shots. But the first three are the ones bettors should focus on for their kata picks.
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This is an individual event, and it’s not one of the mainstream sports. So, the only wagers available are futures bets. These futures are even more limited, because the only futures are on who will win the gold. There are not futures bets on any of these athletes to make it anywhere onto the podium. It’s gold or nothing.
There are two types of Karate events in the Olympics: kata and kumite. This event is a kumite event. It’s a sparring match between two martial artists. Each athlete scores points based on their hits. But they can’t bludgeon each other. There are no points for leaving an opponent bloodied on the mat. Self-control is a critical component of a martial artist’s Olympic score.
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This is one of the occasions when the sportsbooks put the most likely futures in the right order. Jovanna Prekovic is the favorite to win the gold with DraftKings odds of +100. She’s followed by Yin Xiaoyan with odds of +150. Finally, Giana Farouk has odds of +400. If bettors go down the list of medals, this listing makes sense. In the 2018 World Championships in Spain, Prekovic won gold, Xiaoyan silver, and Farouk bronze. Most bettors might be tempted to leave the analysis there.
However, all three women have won many medals since the 2018 world championship. That changes the analysis a little bit. Prekovic still comes out on top. She’s the only one of these three athletes who’ve earned medals in competitions during 2021. Even better for her, all three of those medals were gold. She’s at the top of her game, and bettors who want to play it safe can feel confident in picking her.
But for bettors willing to accept some risk, there are two levels of risk they can take in this round. The lower level of risk is a bet on Xiaoyan, who won six gold medals in competitions throughout 2019 and 2020. She’s a force of nature, and she’s at +150 for good reason.
However, the most ambitious bettors could place a reasonable bet on Farouk to win the Olympic gold. She won three gold medals across competitions in 2019 and 2020, making her a strong contender, too. While she doesn’t have the record that her competitors do, she has room to win the gold on August 6. But the 61kg rounds begin tonight, so cautious bettors can start getting a feel for the martial artists before the gold medal bout.
Summary Of Betting On Women’s -61kg Karate
There are many strong athletes in the women’s karate field. But three stand out, and for once, they stand out in order in the current futures odds. Jovanna Prekovic is a reasonable favorite, but there’s room for her two closest competitors. There’s more room for Yin Xiaoyan to win than Giana Farouk. But neither athlete can be discounted. If bettors are putting a bet slip together, they should use this event to take whatever amount of risk their bet slips can handle.