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World Table Tennis Championships
2009 WTTC in Yokohama, Japan
StatusActive
GenreGlobal sports event
Date(s)c. April–May
FrequencyAnnual
Inaugurated 1926 ( 1926)
Organised by ITTF

The World Table Tennis Championships are table tennis competitions sanctioned by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The World Championships have been held since 1926, biennially since 1957. Five individual events, which include men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's double and mixed doubles, are currently held in odd numbered years. The World Team Table Tennis Championships, which include men's team and women's team events, were first their own competition in 2000. The Team Championships are held in even numbered years.

In the earlier days of the tournament, Hungary's men's team was a dominant force, winning the championships 12 times. This was followed by a short period of dominance by Japan in the 1950s. From the 1960s onwards, China emerged as the new dominant power in this tournament and, with the exception of 1989–2000, when Sweden won four times, China continues to dominate the sport. China's men's team holds a record 23 world team championship titles.

In the 1950s, Japan's women team was a force to be reckoned with winning a total of 8 titles. The Chinese women started their strong grip on the world team championships from the 1970s onwards. They have only lost twice since 1975. China holds 23 women's team titles.

Trophies

Japanese men's team won the Swaythling Cup and Romanian women's team won the Corbillon Cup at the 1955 World Table Tennis Championships
North Korean Kim Hyok-bong and Kim Jong won mixed doubles trophy, the Heydusek Cup, in 2013.

There are 7 different trophies presented to the winners of the various events, held by winning associations, and returned for the next world championships. [1]

  • Team competition:
    • Swaythling Cup for men's team, donated in 1926 by Lady Baroness Swaythling, mother of the first ITTF president, Ivor Montagu
    • Corbillon Cup for women's team, donated in 1933 by Marcel Corbillon, president of the French Table Tennis Association. The original Cup was won by German team in 1939, and disappeared during Berlin occupation after World War II; the current Corbillon Cup is a replica made in 1949.
  • Singles competition:
    • St. Bride Vase for men's singles, donated in 1929 by C.Corti Woodcock, member of the exclusive St. Bride Table Tennis Club in London, after Fred Perry of England won the title in Budapest
    • Geist Prize for women's singles, donated in 1931 by Dr. Gaspar Geist, president of the Hungarian Table Tennis Association
  • Doubles competition:
    • Iran Cup for men's doubles; first presented at the 1947 World Championships by the Shah of Iran
    • W.J. Pope Trophy for women's doubles; donated in 1948 by the ITTF honorary general secretary W.J. Pope
    • Heydusek Cup for mixed doubles; donated in 1948 by Zdenek Heydusek, secretary of the Czechoslovakia Association.

In addition, the Egypt Cup is presented to the next host of world championships. The Cup was donated by King Farouk of Egypt in 1939, when the championships were held in Cairo, Egypt.

Championships

The ITTF held individual events and team events separately for the first time in 1999 and 2000 respectively, and 2001 was the last time individual and team events were held together. Starting in 2003 individual events and team events were held separately again and each continue to be held separately every other year.

  • Since 1929 to 2020 open for all players and teams.
  • Since 2021: 128 Players and 32teams qualified in individual and team games. (in 2021 because of covide conditions have not qualifications and 128 player invited for games with ranking but for 2023 and next have separate qualification + 2022 team games have qualification).

  Individual events   Team events

Edition Year Host city Host country Events
1 1926 England London England 5
2 1928 Sweden Stockholm Sweden 6
3 1929 Hungary Budapest Hungary 6
4 1930 Germany Berlin Germany 6
5 1931 Hungary Budapest Hungary 6
6 1932 Czechoslovakia Prague Czechoslovakia 6
7 1933 Austria Baden bei Wien Austria 6
8 1934 France Paris France 7
9 1935 England Wembley England 7
10 1936 Czech Republic Prague Czechoslovakia 7
11 1937 Austria Baden bei Wien Austria 7
12 1938 England Wembley England 7
13 1939 Egypt Cairo Egypt 7
14 1947 France Paris France 7
15 1948 England Wembley England 7
16 1949 Sweden Stockholm Sweden 7
17 1950 Hungary Budapest Hungary 7
18 1951 Austria Vienna Austria 7
19 1952 India Mumbai India 7
20 1953 Romania Bucharest Romania 7
21 1954 England Wembley England 7
22 1955 Netherlands Utrecht Netherlands 7
23 1956 Japan Tokyo Japan 7
24 1957 Sweden Stockholm Sweden 7
25 1959 West Germany Dortmund West Germany 7
26 1961 China Beijing China 7
27 1963 Czechoslovakia Prague Czechoslovakia 7
28 1965 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubljana Yugoslavia 7
29 1967 Sweden Stockholm Sweden 7
30 1969 West Germany Munich West Germany 7
31 1971 Japan Nagoya Japan 7
32 1973 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo Yugoslavia 7
33 1975 India Kolkata India 7
34 1977 England Birmingham England 7
35 1979 North Korea Pyongyang North Korea 7
36 1981 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Novi Sad Yugoslavia 7
37 1983 Japan Tokyo Japan 7
38 1985 Sweden Gothenburg Sweden 7
39 1987 India New Delhi India 7
40 1989 West Germany Dortmund West Germany 7
41 1991 Japan Chiba City Japan 7
42 1993 Sweden Gothenburg Sweden 7
43 1995 China Tianjin China 7
44 1997 England Manchester England 7
Edition Year Host city Host country Events
45 1999 Netherlands Eindhoven Netherlands 5
2000 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2
46 2001 Japan Osaka Japan 7
47 2003 France Paris France 5
2004 Qatar Doha Qatar 2
48 2005 China Shanghai China 5
2006 Germany Bremen Germany 2
49 2007 Croatia Zagreb Croatia 5
2008 China Guangzhou China 2
50 2009 Japan Yokohama Japan 5
2010 Russia Moscow Russia 2
51 2011 Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands 5
2012 Germany Dortmund Germany 2
52 2013 France Paris France 5
2014 Japan Tokyo Japan 2
53 2015 China Suzhou China 5
2016 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2
54 2017 Germany Düsseldorf Germany 5
2018 Sweden Halmstad Sweden 2
55 2019 Hungary Budapest Hungary 5
- 2020 South Korea Busan South Korea (cancelled)
56 2021 United States Houston United States 5
55 2022 China Chengdu China [2] 2
57 2023 South Africa Durban South Africa [3] 5
56 2024 South Korea Busan South Korea [4] 2
58 2025 Qatar Doha Qatar [5] 5
57 2026 England London England 2

All-time medal table

Chinese women's team held the trophy for the 20th time in 2016. The team have only lost twice since 1975.

Updated after the 2024 World Team Table Tennis Championships. Doubles pairs from different associations were counted as a half a point.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China158105170.5433.5
2  Hungary685973.5200.5
3  Japan484277167
4  Czechoslovakia2836.558.5123
5  Romania1710.518.546
6  Sweden151314.542.5
7  England1426.55797.5
8  United States10319.532.5
9  Austria713.53555.5
10  South Korea4.5184466.5
11  Germany415.521.541
12  North Korea3.581223.5
13  Yugoslavia31113.527.5
14  Soviet Union34714
15  France23.52025.5
16  Chinese Taipei13913
17  Singapore1258
18  West Germany1247
19 Korea Korea1135
20  Scotland111.53.5
21  Poland03.56.510
22  Hong Kong0224.526.5
23  Belgium0213
24  Wales01.534.5
25  Belarus01.51.53
26  East Germany0112
27  Croatia00.52.53
28  Luxembourg00.511.5
29  Spain00.500.5
30  Egypt002.52.5
31  India0022
32  Greece001.51.5
33  Denmark0011
  Italy0011
  Portugal0011
  Vietnam0011
37  Netherlands000.50.5
Totals (37 entries)3903917161497

Multiple medalists

Top medalists ordered by number of gold medals at the World Table Tennis Championships (including at team events) are listed below. [6] 12 men won at least nine gold medals and 11 women with a minimum of eight.

Men

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Victor Barna   Hungary
  England
1929 1954 22 7 12 41
2 Miklós Szabados   Hungary 1929 1937 15 6 3 24
3 Ma Long   China 2006 2024 14 1 4 19
4 Bohumil Váňa   Czechoslovakia 1935 1955 13 10 7 30
5 Ichiro Ogimura   Japan 1954 1965 12 5 3 20
6 Wang Liqin   China 1997 2013 11 4 5 20
7 Xu Xin   China 2009 2019 10 1 2 13
8 Ivan Andreadis   Czechoslovakia 1947 1957 9 10 8 27
9 Ferenc Sidó   Hungary 1947 1961 9 9 8 26
10 Ma Lin   China 1999 2013 9 7 4 20
11 Wang Hao   China 2003 2014 9 4 3 16
12 Fan Zhendong   China 2014 2024 9 2 2 13

Women

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Mária Mednyánszky   Hungary 1926 1936 18 6 4 28
2 Angelica Rozeanu   Romania 1937 1957 17 5 8 30
3 Wang Nan   China 1997 2008 15 3 2 20
4 Anna Sipos   Hungary 1929 1935 11 6 4 21
5 Gizella Farkas   Hungary 1947 1959 10 9 8 27
6 Guo Yue   China 2003 2013 10 5 2 17
7 Zhang Yining   China 1999 2009 10 2 4 16
8 Li Xiaoxia   China 2006 2016 9 5 2 16
9 Deng Yaping   China 1989 1997 9 5 14
10 Ding Ning   China 2009 2019 8 5 3 16
11 Liu Shiwen   China 2009 2019 8 4 3 15

See also

References

  1. ^ "The World Championship Trophies- A Retrospective". ittf.com. ITTF. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  2. ^ "China's Chengdu bidding to host 2022 World Table Tennis Championships". Xinhua. 9 March 2019. Archived from the original on 13 March 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  3. ^ "South Africa to host World Table Tennis Championships for first time after Durban beats Düsseldorf in 2023 race". insidethegames.biz. 28 September 2020. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Busan to host 2024 table tennis world championships". Yonhap. 25 November 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Doha Selected to Host the 2025 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals". ittf.com. 6 December 2022. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  6. ^ "Medalists of World Table Tennis Championships". tabletennis.guide. Retrieved 8 November 2011.

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