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Olympics Betting: Taekwondo

Tokyo 2020 | 24 July – 6 August | Multiple Rounds & Events

Olympics Taekwondo History

Taekwondo entered the Olympic stage as a demonstration sport at Seoul 1988 – perfect as the host nation who invented the sport. It was again a demonstration sport at Barcelona 1992, before becoming a fully fledged Olympic sport at Sydney 2000 and has remained a part of the programme ever since.

Taekwondo’s electronic Protector and Scoring System, or PSS, was first adopted for Olympic competition at London 2012. This means that accurate scores can be counted for well executed moves based on electronic sensors positioned across the athletes’ uniforms.

Taekwondo at Tokyo 2020

At Tokyo 2020, there will be groundbreaking coverage of taekwondo thanks to a 4D camera set-up on the taekwondo courts. The system provides 360-degree scans of the action, enabling viewers to see every angle of the athletes’ spectacular acrobatics. A new competition uniform using high-tech materials will also be introduced.

  • Men -58kg
  • Men -68kg
  • Men -80kg
  • Men +80kg
  • Women -49kg
  • Women -57kg
  • Women -67kg
  • Women +67kg

Olympic Taekwondo: How it Works

A taekwondo fighter aims to kick and punch their opponent, whilst simultaneously avoiding the same attacks towards them. Points are gained based on the executions of the most challenging techniques, for example, a spinning kick to the head will score higher than punches and basic kicks to the trunk. Penalties can also be incurred for fighters who fall or exit the designated mat area of combat. Contests break down as three rounds of two minutes each, with one-minute break between rounds.

As well as using the electronic PSS mentioned above, three corner judges, using handheld scoring devices still score punches to the trunk and add technical points scored by turning/spinning kicks.

Olympics Betting: Taekwondo

Taekwondo offers one of the widest distributions of medals across nations in the programme, making Olympics betting on Taekwondo matches hard to call, but equally good for outside betting opportunities.

At London 2012, the eight gold medals on offer went to athletes from eight different countries.

And at Rio 2016, countries like Jordan and Cote d’Ivoire got their first ever gold medals in taekwondo events.

It is rare in taekwondo for individual athletes to maintain dominance and gain successive medals, but Great Britain’s Jade Jones won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Could she win a third consecutive gold in Tokyo?

See our Olympics Taekwondo betting markets now.