Olympic Betting: Artistic Gymnastics
Tokyo 2020 | 21 July – 3 August | Multiple Rounds & Events
Olympics Artistic Gymnastics History
The Olympic programme has held Artistic Gymnastics as part of its offering since the first modern Games of Athens in 1896. Back then, it was an exclusively male event, with women’s events finally being added and included from Amsterdam 1928.
Until Athens 2004, the scoring system for Artistic Gymnastics used a ‘10-point maximum’, with Romania’s Nadia Comaneci achieving the first ever perfect score during the Montreal 1976 Olympic games.
From 2005, the ‘perfect 10’ scoring maximum was discarded in favour of a now open-ended system that allows for greater differentiation between gymnasts’ performances, essentially critiquing and awarding for levels of ambition and difficulty in their gymnastic executions.
Artistic Gymnastics at Tokyo 2020
There will be qualification rounds to determine who will move on to team all-around, individual all-around and the individual finals.
Points earned by each athlete for one performance in each event (two in the individual vault) decide whether they will proceed.
In the team all-around event, the team size has now changed from five to four gymnasts. In the individual all-around event, one athlete competes in each event (six for men, four for women), with their total score determining their standing.
In individual events, athletes compete against each other to achieve the highest score. Scores from the qualifying rounds are not taken into account, with only those achieved in the final determining the medallists.
Artistic Gymnastics: How it Works
Artistic gymnastics is one of three disciplines in the sport of gymnastics. Athletes perform short routines on apparatus with judges evaluating the difficulty and accuracy of each performance.
Male gymnasts compete in six medal events: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.
In the women’s division, there are four medal events: vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.
Men and women also compete for individual and team all-around titles.
Each piece of apparatus makes unique demands on the athlete, testing their strength, agility, coordination, speed and stamina. Women’s floor routines are performed to musical accompaniment, adding an additional dimension to the competition. Judges mark each athlete on the complexity and aesthetics of their executed techniques while considering other aspects such as balance and stability.
Olympics Betting: Artistic Gymnastics
In terms of Olympics betting, historically, Japan, Soviet Union, and China have dominated in Artistic Gymnastics. The Japanese men’s team were victorious across all Games between Rome 1960 and Montreal 1976, winning the team all-around event five times in a row!
Going into Tokyo 2020, Japan and China have the world-leading male gymnasts, whilst USA are enjoying a generational purple patch for the women, so this will be attractive for any Olympics betting on Artistic Gymnastics.
None more so that Simone Biles – arguably the greatest female gymnast ever, following her performance at Rio 2016, winning four golds in a near flawless Olympic performance.
Japan and China are expected to continue pushing each other close on the overall medals in gymnastics, with both nations winning gold for the men’s team all-around event twice and thrice respectively.
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