IHF World Women's Handball Championship

The IHF World Women's Handball Championship has been organized by the International Handball Federation since 1957. European team have won every time except 1995 where South Korea won as the first team outside Europe and 2013 where Brazil won as the first American team. The biggest winner is Russia with four titles.

IHF World Women's Handball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021 World Women's Handball Championship
SportHandball
Founded1957
No. of teams24
ContinentInternational (IHF)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Netherlands (1st title)
Most titles Russia (4 titles)

Nine teams participated in the first championship, this number has grown in steps to 32 (from 2021). In 1977 a B-tournament was introduced and later in 1986 a C-tournament which served as qualification for the real championship or A-tournament. The B- and C-tournament qualifications were replaced by the present qualification system based on continental confederations in 1993.[1]

From 1993 it has been held every other year. Between 1978 and 1990 it was held every fourth alternating with the Olympic tournament (introduced for women handball in 1976). The first five tournaments were held in the summer or early fall whereas the rest has been held in November or December.[1]

TournamentsEdit

Year Host Final Third place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1957
Details
 
Yugoslavia
 
Czechoslovakia
7–1  
Hungary
 
Yugoslavia
9–6  
West Germany
9
1962
Details
 
Romania
 
Romania
8–5  
Denmark
 
Czechoslovakia
6–5  
Yugoslavia
9
1965
Details
 
West Germany
 
Hungary
5–3  
Yugoslavia
 
West Germany
11–10  
Czechoslovakia
8
1968
 
Soviet Union
The tournament was cancelled due to the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia
1971
Details
 
Netherlands
 
East Germany
11–8  
Yugoslavia
 
Hungary
12–11 (2ET)  
Romania
9
1973
Details
 
Yugoslavia
 
Yugoslavia
16–11  
Romania
 
Soviet Union
20–12  
Hungary
12
1975
Details
 
Soviet Union
 
East Germany
Round-robin  
Soviet Union
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Romania
12
1978
Details
 
Czechoslovakia
 
East Germany
Round-robin  
Soviet Union
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Czechoslovakia
12
1982
Details
 
Hungary
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Hungary
 
Yugoslavia
Round-robin  
East Germany
12
1986
Details
 
Netherlands
 
Soviet Union
30–22  
Czechoslovakia
 
Norway
23–19  
East Germany
16
1990
Details
 
South Korea
 
Soviet Union
24–22  
Yugoslavia
 
East Germany
25–19  
West Germany
16
1993
Details
 
Norway
 
Germany
22–21 (ET)  
Denmark
 
Norway
20–19  
Romania
16
1995
Details
   
Austria / Hungary
 
South Korea
25–20  
Hungary
 
Denmark
25–24  
Norway
20
1997
Details
 
Germany
 
Denmark
33–20  
Norway
 
Germany
27–25  
Russia
24
1999
Details
   
Norway / Denmark
 
Norway
25–24 (2ET)  
France
 
Austria
31–28 (ET)  
Romania
24
2001
Details
 
Italy
 
Russia
30–25  
Norway
 
FR Yugoslavia
42–40 (ET)  
Denmark
24
2003
Details
 
Croatia
 
France
32–29 (ET)  
Hungary
 
South Korea
31–29  
Ukraine
24
2005
Details
 
Russia
 
Russia
28–23  
Romania
 
Hungary
27–24  
Denmark
24
2007
Details
 
France
 
Russia
29–24  
Norway
 
Germany
36–35 (ET)  
Romania
24
2009
Details
 
China
 
Russia
25–22  
France
 
Norway
31–26  
Spain
24
2011
Details
 
Brazil
 
Norway
32–24  
France
 
Spain
24–18  
Denmark
24
2013
Details
 
Serbia
 
Brazil
22–20  
Serbia
 
Denmark
30–26  
Poland
24
2015
Details
 
Denmark
 
Norway
31–23  
Netherlands
 
Romania
31–22  
Poland
24
2017
Details
 
Germany
 
France
23–21  
Norway
 
Netherlands
24–21  
Sweden
24
2019
Details
 
Japan
 
Netherlands
30–29  
Spain
 
Russia
33–28  
Norway
24
2021
Details
 
Spain
32
2023
Details
     
Denmark / Norway / Sweden
32
2025
Details
   
Germany / Netherlands
32
2027
Details
 
Hungary
32

Medal tableEdit

IHF only includes medals won at the indoor championships.[2]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Russia4015
2  Norway34310
3  Soviet Union3216
4  East Germany3014
5  France2305
6  Hungary1449
7  Yugoslavia1326
8  Denmark1225
9  Romania1214
10  Czechoslovakia1113
  Netherlands1113
12  Germany1023
13  South Korea1012
14  Brazil1001
15  Spain0112
16  Serbia0101
17  Austria0011
  FR Yugoslavia0011
  West Germany0011
Totals (19 nations)24242472

Participation nationsEdit

Source: IHF official site.[2]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th – Fifth place
  • 6th – Sixth place
  • 7th – Seventh place
  • 8th – Eighth place
  • 9th – Ninth place
  • 10th – Tenth place
  • 11th – Eleventh place
  • 12th – Twelfth place
  • MR – Main round
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  – Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Did not enter / Withdrew from the World Championship / Banned
  •    – Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team  
1957
 
1962
 
1965
 
1971
 
1973
 
1975
 
1978
 
1982
 
1986
 
1990
 
1993
 
 
1995
 
1997
 
 
1999
 
2001
 
2003
 
2005
 
2007
 
2009
 
2011
 
2013
 
2015
 
2017
 
2019
 
2021
 
 
 
2023
 
 
 
2025
 
2027
Total
  Algeria   France × × × 10th 19th 22nd 3
  Angola Part of   Portugal 16th 16th 13th 15th 15th 13th 17th 16th 7th 11th 8th 16th 16th 19th 15th 15
  Argentina × × × × × 24th 22nd 20th 20th 19th 23rd 19th 18th 23rd 16th 10
  Australia × × × × × 23rd 23rd 24th 24th 24th 24th 24th 24th 8
  Austria 6th × × × 12th 5th 8th 8th 11th 3rd 7th 11th 13th 16th 10th 12
  Belarus Part of   Soviet Union 16th 14th 2
  Brazil × × × × × 17th 23rd 16th 12th 20th 7th 14th 15th 5th 1st 10th 18th 17th 13
  Bulgaria × × × 10th 12th 2
  Cameroon FRA × × × × 22nd 20th 2
  Canada × × × × × 10th 15th 17th 20th 4
  Chile × × × × × 23rd 1
  China × × × × × 9th 8th 14th 13th 22nd 18th 11th 19th 17th 21st 12th 21st 18th 17th 22nd 23rd 16
  Congo FRA × × × × 12th 22nd 22nd 17th 20th 5
  Croatia Part of   Yugoslavia 10th 6th 14th 11th 9th 7th 6
  Cuba × × × × × 21st 22nd 23rd 21st 4
  Czech Republic See   Czechoslovakia 13th 13th 19th 15th 15th 8th 6
  DR Congo BEL × × × × 20th 24th 20th 3
  Denmark 5th 2nd 5th 6th 7th 9th 10th 2nd 3rd 1st 6th 4th 13th 4th 5th 4th 3rd 6th 6th 9th Q 21
  Dominican Republic × × × × × 22nd 23rd 2
  France × × × × × 15th 14th 10th 2nd 5th 1st 12th 5th 2nd 2nd 6th 7th 1st 13th Q Q 16
  Germany
(including West Germany)
4th 8th 3rd 5th 11th 8th 9th 7th 4th 1st 5th 3rd 7th 12th 6th 3rd 7th 17th 7th 13th 12th 8th Q 23
  Greenland × × × × × 24th 1
  Hungary 2nd 5th 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 8th 7th 2nd 9th 5th 6th 2nd 3rd 8th 9th 8th 11th 15th 14th Q 23
  Iceland × × × 12th 1
  Italy × × × × × 16th 1
  Ivory Coast × × × × × 17th 14th 20th 21st 21st 18th 16th 7
  Japan × 9th 7th 9th 10th 10th 14th 13th 17th 17th 20th 16th 18th 19th 16th 14th 14th 19th 16th 10th 19
  Kazakhstan Part of   Soviet Union 18th 22nd 19th 22nd 22nd 5
  Lithuania Part of   Soviet Union 13th 1
  Macedonia Part of   Yugoslavia 7th 8th 21st 15th 12th 5
  Montenegro Part of   Yugoslavia Part of   Serbia and Montenegro 10th 11th 8th 6th 5th 5
  Netherlands × × 8th 12th 9th 10th 10th 14th 5th 15th 13th 2nd 3rd 1st Q 13
  Norway × × 7th 8th 8th 7th 3rd 6th 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 6th 9th 2nd 3rd 1st 5th 1st 2nd 4th Q 21
  Paraguay × × × × × 23rd 21st 21st 3
  Poland 7th 7th 8th 5th 7th 6th 13th 9th 10th 8th 11th 19th 11th 4th 4th 17th 16
  Puerto Rico × × × × × 20th 1
  Romania 9th 1st 6th 4th 2nd 4th 7th 8th 5th 7th 4th 7th 12th 4th 17th 10th 2nd 4th 8th 13th 10th 3rd 10th 12th 24
  Russia See   Soviet Union 5th 6th 4th 12th 1st 7th 1st 1st 1st 6th 5th 5th 3rd 13
  Serbia Part of   Yugoslavia See   Serbia and Montenegro 2nd 15th 9th 6th 4
  Senegal FRA × × × × 18th 1
  Slovakia Part of   Czechoslovakia 12th 1
  Slovenia Part of   Yugoslavia 18th 9th 8th 14th 14th 19th 6
  South Korea × × × × × 10th 6th 11th 11th 11th 1st 5th 9th 15th 3rd 8th 6th 6th 11th 12th 14th 13th 11th 18
  Spain × × × × × 15th 10th 5th 10th 4th 3rd 9th 12th 11th 2nd Q 11
  Sweden 8th × 13th 6th 11th 8th 13th 9th 9th 4th 7th Q 11
  Thailand × × × × × 21st × 1
  Tunisia × × × × × 12th 19th 18th 15th 14th 18th 17th 21st 24th 9
  Ukraine Part of   Soviet Union 9th 13th 18th 4th 10th 13th 17th 7
  United States × × × × × 11th 11th 16th 12th 17th Q Q 7
  Uruguay × × × × × 24th 23rd 24th 23rd 20th 5
  Uzbekistan Part of   Soviet Union 21st 1
Discontinued teams
  Czechoslovakia 1st 3rd 4th 6th 6th 4th 5th 2nd 9th See   Czech Republic 9
  East Germany × 1st 9th 1st 1st 4th 4th 3rd See   Germany 7
  Serbia and Montenegro Part of   Yugoslavia 3rd 9th See   Serbia 2
  Soviet Union × 6th × 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st See   Russia 7
  Yugoslavia 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 5th 5th 3rd 6th 2nd See   Serbia 10
Total 9 9 8 9 12 12 12 12 16 16 20 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 32 32 32 32

Since first entering the tournament in 1957, Romania are the only team to have appeared in all 24 tournaments to date.

Most successful playersEdit

Boldface denotes active handball players and highest medal count among all players (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Multiple gold medalistsEdit

The table shows those who have won at least 3 gold medals at the World Championships.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Maryna Bazanova   Soviet Union 1982 1990 3 3
Hannelore Burosch   East Germany 1971 1978 3 3
Maria Constantinescu (Scheip)   Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Victorița Dumitrescu   Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Anna Kareyeva   Russia 2001 2007 3 3
Irina Klimovschi (Nagy)   Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Waltraud Kretzschmar   East Germany 1971 1978 3 3
Nadezhda Muravyova   Russia 2001 2009 3 3
Irina Poltoratskaya   Russia 2001 2007 3 3
Lyudmila Postnova   Russia 2005 2009 3 3
Oksana Romenskaya   Russia 2001 2007 3 3
Ana Stănișel (Starck)   Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Iozefina Ștefănescu (Ugron)   Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Inna Suslina   Russia 2001 2009 3 3
Aurelia Szőke (Sălăgeanu)   Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Emiliya Turey   Russia 2005 2009 3 3
Petra Uhlig (Kahnt)   East Germany 1971 1978 3 3
Hannelore Zober   East Germany 1971 1978 3 3

** including two medals won at the 1956 and 1960 World Outdoor Field Handball Championships

Multiple medalistsEdit

The table shows those who have won at least 4 medals in total at the World Championships.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Kari Aalvik Grimsbø   Norway 2007 2017 2 2 1 5
Zinaida Turchyna   Soviet Union 1973 1986 2 2 1 5
3 Camilla Herrem   Norway 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
Heidi Løke   Norway 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
5 Katrine Lunde (Haraldsen)   Norway 2007 2017 1 2 1 4
6 Amália Sterbinszky   Hungary 1971 1982 1 3 4

Largest winning marginEdit

Margin Winning team Score Opponent WC
48 Hungary   57–9   Australia 2005
45 Sweden   66–21   Australia 2009
41 Austria   52–11   Thailand 2009
40 Russia   48–8   Australia 2009
39 Angola   47–8   Australia 2005
39 France   46–7   Australia 2019
38 Netherlands   53–15   Australia 2011
38 South Korea   50–12   Paraguay 2007
38 Yugoslavia   41–3   Tunisia 1975
37 Norway   48–11   Uruguay 2001
37 Norway   47–10   Australia 2005
37 Russia   45–8   Australia 2011
37 Russia   45–8   Thailand 2009
37 Denmark   42–5   Argentina 1999
35 Austria   45–10   Australia 2009
35 Croatia   44–9   Uruguay 2005
34 Romania   51–17   Chile 2009
34 Hungary   48–14   Chile 2009
34 South Korea   45–11   Australia 2011
34 China   45–11   Australia 2011
34 Poland   40–6   Paraguay 2013

Source: TV2Sporten.no

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Women's World Championships". IHF. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b IHF official site (ihf.info): Page 51: MEDALS TABLE

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit