This year’s competitions see several legitimate contenders with China, the United States, Italy and Serbia viewed as top contenders on the women’s side, and Brazil, Poland, Russia, France and the U.S. for the men.
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The draw has presented an extremely challenging Group B on the men’s side with four of the top five ranked teams in the world all together with defending champion Brazil, Russia, the United States and France.
On the women’s side, the No. 1 ranked U.S. women are in the same group as defending champion China.
Both defending champions are in good position to contend for a repeat with Bruno Rezende back for a fourth Olympics for the Brazilian men. Brazil is seeking its fourth gold medal.
The Chinese women are also seeking their fourth gold to match the record held by the Soviets.