The Wolf previews the taekwondo for Rio 2016.
|Men’s 58kg||Best: Kim Tae-Hun ($3.25)|
|Men’s 68kg||Best: Jaouad Achab ($3.75)|
|Men’s 80kg||Best: Mahdi Khodabakhshi ($3)|
|Men’s 80+kg||Best: Rafael Castillo ($11)|
|Women’s 49kg||Best: Wu Jingyu ($2.25)|
|Women’s 57kg||Best: Mayu Hamada ($7)|
|Women’s 67kg||Best: Nur Tatar ($6)|
|Women’s 67+kg||Best: Zheng Shuyin ($4.50)|
Iran’s Farzan Ashourzadeh is the defending world champion in the flyweight division, while South Korea’s Kim Tae-Hun is a two-time world champion in the finweight (54kg) division and is capable of making his presence felt in Rio despite the slight step up in weight. The value fighter in the field is Cesar Rodriguez ($9) who pushed Tae-Hum all the way in their quarter-final bout at the 2013 World Championships in Mexico.
Best: Kim Tae-Hun ($3.25)
Jaouad Achab is the defending world champion in the 63kg class after his 7-6 victory over Joel Gonzalez at the 2015 World Championships in Russia and is also the 2014 European champion in the same weight division. Like Kim Tae-Hun in the flyweight division, Achab shouldn’t have a problem stepping up in weight here. The current favourite for the gold medal in Rio, Lee Dae-Hoon was knocked out by London gold medallist Gonzalez in the Round of 16 at the world champs and looks a false favourite.
Best: Jaouad Achab ($3.75)
The Wolf is going for value in the heavyweight division and tipping 2013 middleweight world champion Rafael Castillo at $11. Once again unlike the eight weight division at the World Championships, there is only four weight divisions at the Olympics, meaning Castillo will fight up in weight. He also won the bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 2015 World Champs and is the dark horse in an open event.
Best: Rafael Castillo ($11)
Wu Jingyu is a two time Olympic gold medallist, winning the 49kg division at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 Olympics in London. She finished with the silver medal at the World Championships in Russia and will be determined to make up for that in Rio with a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. The $2.25 is probably as short as you want with Tijana Bogdanovic the value tip at $8.
Best: Wu Jingyu ($2.25)
Brit Jade Jones is the current Olympic & European champion, but appears too short at the $2.30. She was knocked out of the 2015 World Championships at the quarter-final stage by Kimia Alizadeh, while Japan’s Mayu Hamada took out the gold medal defeating Alizadeh in the semi-final. $7 appears overs for the current world champion.
Best: Mayu Hamada ($7)
The middleweight division appears a very open contest with The Wolf settling on Turkey’s Nur Tatar. She finished with the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London and was bridesmaid once again at the 2015 World Championships in the welterweight division. She knows what it takes to reach a final and The Wolf is happy to take a gamble at the $6 that she can find the key to success to go one better on the big stage.
Best: Nur Tatar ($6)
Zheng Shuyin finished with the silver medal at the 2015 World Championships after she was defeated 5-4 in the final by South Korean Oh Hye-Ri. Hye-Ri is fighting in the middleweight division in Rio, so immediately Shuyin has one less threat to worry about and looks more than capable of going one better on her World Champs effort.
Best: Zheng Shuyin ($4.50)
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