Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships[1][2] are the world championships for the sport of rhythmic gymnastics. The tournament is promoted and organized by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). It is one of the three tournaments in rhythmic gymnastics officially organized by FIG, as well as the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup and the gymnastics competitions at the Olympic Games (in collaboration with the IOC and the federation of the country organising the Games).[3] The first edition of the World Championships was held in 1963, a time when the sport was known as modern gymnastics. The current program of the World Championships contemplates both individual and group performances. In even non-Olympic years and the year before the Olympics, a team event is also contested. Two events are not competed at the World Championships anymore: individual rope and free hands.

There is a clear dominance of post-Soviet republics at the World Championships, namely Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Successful nations also include Bulgaria, Italy and Spain, the last two of which are mostly dominant in group events. The only non-European nations to successfully achieve medal positions at the World Championships are Japan, China, North Korea and South Korea; other medal-winning nations — Azerbaijan and Israel — though geographically located in Asia, compete at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.[4]

EditionsEdit

Year Games Host City Country Events First in the Medal Table Second in the Medal Table Third in the Medal Table Comments
1963 1 Budapest   Hungary 3   Soviet Union   Bulgaria N/A (individuals only)
1965 2 Prague   Czechoslovakia 3   Czechoslovakia   Soviet Union N/A (individuals only)
1967 3 Copenhagen   Denmark 5   Soviet Union   Czechoslovakia   Bulgaria
1969 4 Varna   Bulgaria 6   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   Czechoslovakia
1971 5 Havana   Cuba 6   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   North Korea
1973 6 Rotterdam   Netherlands 6   Soviet Union   Bulgaria   Czechoslovakia
1975 7 Madrid   Spain 6   West Germany   Japan   Italy
1977 8 Basel    Switzerland 6   Soviet Union   Bulgaria
  Czechoslovakia
N/A
1979 9 London   Great Britain 6   Soviet Union   Bulgaria   Czechoslovakia
1981 10 Munich   West Germany 6   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   Czechoslovakia
1983 11 Strasbourg   France 6   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   North Korea
1985 12 Valladolid   Spain 6   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   North Korea
1987 13 Varna   Bulgaria 8   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   China
1989 14 Sarajevo   Yugoslavia 9   Soviet Union   Bulgaria   Spain
1991 15 Athens   Greece 9   Soviet Union   Spain   Bulgaria
1992 16 Brussels   Belgium 8   Russia   Belarus   Bulgaria
1993 17 Alicante   Spain 7   Bulgaria   Ukraine   Spain (individuals only)
1994 18 Paris   France 8   Ukraine   Bulgaria   Russia
1995 19 Vienna   Austria 9   Bulgaria   Russia   Ukraine
1996 20 Budapest   Hungary 7   Ukraine   Belarus   Russia
1997 21 Berlin   Germany 6   Ukraine   Russia   Belarus (individuals only)
1998 22 Seville   Spain 3   Belarus   Spain   Russia (groups only)
1999 23 Osaka   Japan 9   Russia   Greece   Ukraine
2001 24 Madrid   Spain 6   Ukraine   Bulgaria   Belarus (individuals only)
2002 25 New Orleans   United States 3   Russia   Greece   Ukraine (groups only)
2003 26 Budapest   Hungary 9   Russia   Ukraine   Bulgaria
2005 27 Baku   Azerbaijan 9   Russia   Italy   Bulgaria
2007 28 Patras   Greece 9   Russia   Ukraine   Italy
2009 29 Mie   Japan 9   Russia   Italy   Belarus
2010 30 Moscow   Russia 9   Russia   Italy   Belarus
2011 31 Montpellier   France 9   Russia   Italy   Bulgaria
2013 32 Kiev   Ukraine 8   Russia   Ukraine   Belarus
2014 33 İzmir   Turkey 9   Russia   Bulgaria   Spain
2015 34 Stuttgart   Germany 9   Russia   Italy   Belarus
2017 35 Pesaro   Italy 8   Russia   Italy   Japan
2018 36 Sofia   Bulgaria 9   Russia   Italy   Bulgaria
2019 37 Baku   Azerbaijan 9   Russia   Japan   Israel
2022 38 Sofia   Bulgaria Future event
2023 39 Valencia   Spain Future event

MedalistsEdit

Dominant nations include Soviet Union (as well as its subsequent independent states, namely Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan) and Bulgaria.

Individual All-AroundEdit

Individual All-Around Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1963   Budapest, Hungary   Ludmila Savinkova   Tatiana Kravtchenko   Julia Trashlieva
1965   Prague, Czechoslovakia   Hana Mičechová   Tatiana Kravtchenko   Hana Machatová-Bogušovská
1967   Copenhagen, Denmark   Elena Karpukhina   Ute Lehmann   Liubov Sereda
1969   Varna, Bulgaria   Maria Gigova   Neshka Robeva
  Liubov Sereda
  Galima Shugurova
N/A
1971   Havana, Cuba   Maria Gigova   Elena Karpukhina   Alfia Nazmutdinova
1973   Rotterdam, Netherlands   Maria Gigova
  Galima Shugurova
N/A   Natalia Krachinnekova
1975   Madrid, Spain   Carmen Rischer   Christiana Rosenberg   Maria Jesus Alegre
1977   Basel, Switzerland   Irina Deriugina   Galima Shugurova   Kristina Guiourova
1979   London, Great Britain   Irina Deriugina   Elena Tomas   Irina Gabashvili
1981   Munich, West Germany   Anelia Ralenkova   Lilia Ignatova
  Iliana Raeva
N/A
1983   Strasbourg, France   Diliana Georgieva   Galina Beloglazova
  Lilia Ignatova
  Anelia Ralenkova
N/A
1985   Valladolid, Spain   Diliana Georgieva   Lilia Ignatova   Bianka Panova
1987   Varna, Bulgaria   Bianka Panova   Adriana Dunavska
  Elizabeth Koleva
N/A
1989   Sarajevo, Yugoslavia   Olexandra Timoshenko   Bianka Panova   Adriana Dunavska
  Oksana Skaldina
1991   Athens, Greece   Oksana Skaldina   Olexandra Timoshenko   Mila Marinova
1992   Brussels, Belgium   Oksana Kostina   Maria Petrova   Larissa Loukianenko
1993   Alicante, Spain   Maria Petrova   Kateryna Serebrianska   Amina Zaripova
1994   Paris, France   Maria Petrova   Larissa Loukianenko
  Amina Zaripova
N/A
1995   Vienna, Austria   Maria Petrova
  Kateryna Serebrianska
N/A   Yanina Batyrshina
  Larissa Lukyanenko
1997   Berlin, Germany   Olena Vitrychenko   Natalia Lipkovskaya   Yanina Batyrshina
1999   Osaka, Japan   Alina Kabaeva   Yulia Raskina   Yulia Barsukova
2001   Madrid, Spain   Tamara Yerofeeva   Simona Peycheva   Anna Bessonova
2003   Budapest, Hungary   Alina Kabaeva   Anna Bessonova   Irina Tchachina
2005   Baku, Azerbaijan   Olga Kapranova   Anna Bessonova   Irina Tchachina
2007   Patras, Greece   Anna Bessonova   Vera Sessina   Olga Kapranova
2009   Mie, Japan   Yevgeniya Kanayeva   Daria Kondakova   Anna Bessonova
2010   Moscow, Russia   Yevgeniya Kanayeva   Daria Kondakova   Melitina Staniouta
2011   Montpellier, France   Yevgeniya Kanayeva   Daria Kondakova   Aliya Garayeva
2013   Kiev, Ukraine   Yana Kudryavtseva   Ganna Rizatdinova   Melitina Staniouta
2014   Izmir, Turkey   Yana Kudryavtseva   Margarita Mamun   Ganna Rizatdinova
2015   Stuttgart, Germany   Yana Kudryavtseva   Margarita Mamun   Melitina Staniouta
2017   Pesaro, Italy   Dina Averina   Arina Averina   Linoy Ashram
2018   Sofia, Bulgaria   Dina Averina   Linoy Ashram   Aleksandra Soldatova
2019   Baku, Azerbaijan   Dina Averina   Arina Averina   Linoy Ashram

Group All-AroundEdit

Group All-Around Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1967   Copenhagen, Denmark   Soviet Union   Czechoslovakia   Bulgaria
1969   Varna, Bulgaria   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   Czechoslovakia
1971   Havana, Cuba   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   Italy
1973   Rotterdam, Netherlands   Soviet Union   Czechoslovakia   East Germany
1975   Madrid, Spain   Italy   Japan   Spain
1977   Basel, Switzerland   Soviet Union   Bulgaria   Czechoslovakia
1979   London, Great Britain   Soviet Union   Czechoslovakia   Bulgaria
1981   Munich, West Germany   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   Czechoslovakia
1983   Strasbourg, France   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   North Korea
1985   Valladolid, Spain   Bulgaria   North Korea
  Soviet Union
N/A
1987   Varna, Bulgaria   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   China
  Spain
1989   Sarajevo, Yugoslavia   Bulgaria   Soviet Union   Spain
1991   Athens, Greece   Spain   Soviet Union   North Korea
1992   Brussels, Belgium   Russia   Spain   North Korea
1994   Paris, France   Russia   Spain   Bulgaria
1995   Vienna, Austria   Bulgaria   Spain   Belarus
1996   Budapest, Hungary   Bulgaria   Spain   Belarus
1998   Seville, Spain   Belarus   Spain   Russia
1999   Osaka, Japan   Russia   Greece   Belarus
2002   New Orleans, United States   Russia   Belarus   Greece
2003   Budapest, Hungary   Russia   Bulgaria   Belarus
2005   Baku, Azerbaijan   Russia   Italy   Belarus
2007   Patras, Greece   Russia   Italy   Belarus
2009   Mie, Japan   Italy   Belarus   Russia
2010   Moscow, Russia   Italy   Belarus   Russia
2011   Montpellier, France   Italy   Russia   Bulgaria
2013   Kiev, Ukraine   Belarus   Italy   Russia
2014   Izmir, Turkey   Bulgaria   Italy   Belarus
2015   Stuttgart, Germany   Russia   Bulgaria   Spain
2017   Pesaro, Italy   Russia   Bulgaria   Japan
2018   Sofia, Bulgaria   Russia   Italy   Bulgaria
2019   Baku, Azerbaijan   Russia   Japan   Bulgaria

All-time medal tableEdit

1963-2019

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Russia1135735205
2  Bulgaria675652175
3  Soviet Union504327120
4  Ukraine25283891
5  Belarus9263772
6  Italy917935
7  Spain7111836
8  West Germany55010
9  Czechoslovakia45817
10  Greece3126
11  Japan25411
12  North Korea1247
13  Israel07714
14  Azerbaijan0178
15  East Germany0134
16  China0123
17  France0022
18  Hungary0011
  Romania0011
  South Korea0011
Totals (20 nations)295266258819

Multiple gold medalistsEdit

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

All eventsEdit

Rank Rhythmic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Yevgeniya Kanayeva   Russia 2007 2011 17 1 18
2 Yana Kudryavtseva   Russia 2013 2015 13 3 16
3 Dina Averina   Russia 2017 2019 13 2 1 16
4 Olexandra Timoshenko   Soviet Union 1989 1991 10 2 12
5 Olga Kapranova   Russia 2003 2009 10 1 1 12
6 Maria Petrova   Bulgaria 1991 1996 9 9 4 22
7 Olena Vitrychenko   Ukraine 1992 1999 9 7 7 23
8 Galima Shugurova   Soviet Union 1969 1977 9 4 1 14
9 Alina Kabaeva   Russia 1999 2007 9 3 2 14
10 Maria Gigova   Bulgaria 1967 1973 9 2 2 13

Individual eventsEdit

Rank Rhythmic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Yevgeniya Kanayeva   Russia 2009 2011 13 1 14
2 Yana Kudryavtseva   Russia 2013 2015 11 3 14
3 Dina Averina   Russia 2017 2019 11 2 1 14
4 Olena Vitrychenko   Ukraine 1993 1999 9 5 4 18
5 Galima Shugurova   Soviet Union 1969 1977 9 4 1 14
6 Maria Gigova   Bulgaria 1967 1973 9 2 2 13
7 Maria Petrova   Bulgaria 1992 1996 8 7 4 19
8 Kateryna Serebrianska   Ukraine 1993 1996 8 4 3 15
9 Bianka Panova   Bulgaria 1985 1989 8 2 1 11
10 Olexandra Timoshenko   Soviet Union 1989 1991 8 2 10

RecordsEdit

Category All events Individual events
Most medals

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships PESARO (ITA)". www.fig-gymnastics.com. Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  2. ^ "36th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships SOFIA (BUL): September 10 - 16, 2018". live.fig-gymnastics.com. Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  3. ^ "Technical Regulations 2017" (PDF). International Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  4. ^ "MenuHistoricalMedallists". 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved 2017-05-09.