The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships are a senior international short track speed skating competition held once a year to determine the World Champion in individual distances, relays and Overall Classification. It is sanctioned by the International Skating Union and is usually held in March or April.
|World Short Track Speed Skating Championships|
In 1967, the International Skating Union adopted short track speed skating, although it did not organise international competitions until 1976. World Championships have been held since 1981, though earlier events later received that status.
Skaters perform individual races in the 500 meters, 1000 meters, 1500 meters, 3000 meters (super-final involving eight competitors with highest points after completion of other distances) and a four-person race, in the 3000 meters relay for women, and the 5000 meters relay for men. Points are given for each placings in the finals of individual distances (currently 34 points for 1st, 21 for 2nd, 13 for 3rd, 8 for 4th, 5 for 5th, 3 for 6th, 2 for 7th, 1 for 8th). From 2009, the leader after first 1000m in the 3000m super-final is given extra 5 points. The athlete with the highest points after the points for all individual distances are added up (maximum 141 points, 136 points before 2009) is declared the Men's or Ladies' Overall World Short-track Speed Skating Champion. In case of a tie in points, precedence is given to the athlete with higher placing in the 3000m super-final.
The 2020 edition was supposed to be held in Seoul, South Korea, from 13 to 15 March 2020 but had been postponed after authorities ordered the closure of the Mokdong Ice Rink due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The International Skating Union initially announced they were trying to reschedule the tournament to the beginning of the 2020–21 season but cancelled the event on 16 April 2020.
1976-1977: as a world event (World Competition)
1978-1980: as ISU championship
1981-now: as ISU World Championship
- 2020 Edition in Seoul was cancelled.
Overall classification medalistsEdit
All-time medal countEdit
After the 2023 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
|Totals (14 entries)||322||310||315||947|
|Times hosted||Host country|
|4||United States, South Korea[a]|
|3||China, France, Bulgaria|
|2||Austria, Italy, Japan|
|1||Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Poland, Australia, Russia|
Largest number of titlesEdit
- Men: Ahn Hyun Soo / Viktor An: 6 (2003–2007, 2014)
- Ladies: Yang Yang (A) : 6 (1997–2002)
Most consecutive titlesEdit
- Men: Ahn Hyun-Soo: 5 (2003–2007)
- Ladies: Yang Yang (A): 6 (1997–2002)
Gold medal sweepsEdit
- Men: 2002 ( Kim Dong-Sung)
- Men: 1992 ( Kim Ki-Hoon)
- Ladies: 1983 ( Sylvie Daigle) – relay title not awarded despite the win in the race
- Ladies: 2021 ( Suzanne Schulting)
- Men: 1982–1983 ( Canada), 1992 ( South Korea)
- Ladies: 1982 ( Canada), 2005 ( South Korea)
- ^ Includes the cancelled 2020 edition
- ^ "Seoul and Montreal awarded 2020 World Championships by ISU". insidethegames.biz. 6 June 2017.
- ^ "ISU Statement – Coronavirus – ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2020, Seoul". isu.org. 26 February 2020.
- ^ "ISU wil afgelast WK shorttrack later dit jaar alsnog op kalender zetten". nos.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- ^ "ISU Statement – Definite cancellation of pending 2020 ISU Championships". isu.org. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- ^ a b "ISU Statement – Definite cancellation of pending 2020 ISU Championships". isu.org. Retrieved 16 April 2020.