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World Wrestling Championships

The World Wrestling Championships are the Amateur Wrestling World Championships organized by the United World Wrestling.

World Wrestling Championships
Statusactive
Genresports event
Date(s)September–October
Frequencyannual
Location(s)various
Inaugurated1904 (1904)
Organised byUnited World Wrestling

The Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling tournament began in 1904, and the Men's Freestyle Wrestling tournament began in 1951. The Women's Freestyle championships were first staged in 1987.

CompetitionsEdit

Men's freestyleEdit

Year Dates City and host country Team champion
1951 26–29 April   Helsinki, Finland   Turkey
1954 22–25 May   Tokyo, Japan   Turkey
1957 1–2 June   Istanbul, Turkey   Turkey
1959 1–5 October   Tehran, Iran   Soviet Union
1961 2–4 June   Yokohama, Japan   Iran
1962 21–23 June   Toledo, United States   Soviet Union
1963 31 May – 2 June   Sofia, Bulgaria   Soviet Union
1965 1–3 June   Manchester, United Kingdom   Iran
1966 16–18 June   Toledo, United States   Turkey
1967 12–14 November   New Delhi, India   Soviet Union
1969 8–10 March   Mar del Plata, Argentina   Soviet Union
1970 9–11 July   Edmonton, Canada   Soviet Union
1971 27–30 August   Sofia, Bulgaria   Soviet Union
1973 6–9 September   Tehran, Iran   Soviet Union
1974 29 August – 1 September   Istanbul, Turkey   Soviet Union
1975 15–18 September   Minsk, Soviet Union   Soviet Union
1977 21–23 October   Lausanne, Switzerland   Soviet Union
1978 24–27 August   Mexico City, Mexico   Soviet Union
1979 25–28 August   San Diego, United States   Soviet Union
1981 11–14 September   Skopje, Yugoslavia   Soviet Union
1982 11–14 August   Edmonton, Canada   Soviet Union
1983 26–29 September   Kiev, Soviet Union   Soviet Union
1985 10–13 October   Budapest, Hungary   Soviet Union
1986 19–22 October   Budapest, Hungary   Soviet Union
1987 26–29 August   Clermont-Ferrand, France   Soviet Union
1989 31 August – 3 September   Martigny, Switzerland   Soviet Union
1990 6–9 September   Tokyo, Japan   Soviet Union
1991 3–6 October   Varna, Bulgaria   Soviet Union
1993 25–28 August   Toronto, Canada   United States
1994 25–28 August   Istanbul, Turkey   Turkey
1995 10–13 August   Atlanta, United States   United States
1997 28–31 August   Krasnoyarsk, Russia   Russia
1998 8–11 September   Tehran, Iran   Iran
1999 7–10 October   Ankara, Turkey   Russia
2001 22–25 November   Sofia, Bulgaria   Russia
2002 7–9 September   Tehran, Iran   Iran
2003 12–14 September   New York, United States   Georgia

Men's Greco-RomanEdit

Year Dates City and host country Team champion
1904 23–26 May   Vienna, Austria
1905 8–10 May   Berlin, Germany
1907 20 May   Frankfurt, Germany
1908 8–9 December   Vienna, Austria
1909 3 October   Vienna, Austria
1910 6 June   Düsseldorf, Germany
1911 25–28 March   Helsinki, Finland
1913 27–28 July   Breslau, Germany
1920 4–8 September   Vienna, Austria
1921 5–8 November   Helsinki, Finland
1922 8–11 March   Stockholm, Sweden
1950 20–23 March   Stockholm, Sweden   Sweden
1953 17–19 April   Naples, Italy   Soviet Union
1955 21–25 April   Karlsruhe, West Germany   Soviet Union
1958 21–24 July   Budapest, Hungary   Soviet Union
1961 5–7 June   Yokohama, Japan   Soviet Union
1962 25–27 June   Toledo, United States   Soviet Union
1963 1–3 July   Helsingborg, Sweden   Soviet Union
1965 6–8 June   Tampere, Finland   Soviet Union
1966 20–22 June   Toledo, United States   Soviet Union
1967 1–3 September   Bucharest, Romania   Soviet Union
1969 3–5 March   Mar del Plata, Argentina   Soviet Union
1970 4–6 July   Edmonton, Canada   Soviet Union
1971 2–5 September   Sofia, Bulgaria   Bulgaria
1973 11–14 September   Tehran, Iran   Soviet Union
1974 10–13 October   Katowice, Poland   Soviet Union
1975 11–14 September   Minsk, Soviet Union   Soviet Union
1977 14–17 October   Gothenburg, Sweden   Soviet Union
1978 20–23 August   Mexico City, Mexico   Soviet Union
1979 21–24 August   San Diego, United States   Soviet Union
1981 28–30 August   Oslo, Norway   Soviet Union
1982 9–12 September   Katowice, Poland   Soviet Union
1983 22–25 September   Kiev, Soviet Union   Soviet Union
1985 8–11 August   Kolbotn, Norway   Soviet Union
1986 23–26 October   Budapest, Hungary   Soviet Union
1987 19–22 August   Clermont-Ferrand, France   Soviet Union
1989 24–27 August   Martigny, Switzerland   Soviet Union
1990 19–21 November   Ostia, Italy   Soviet Union
1991 27–30 September   Varna, Bulgaria   Soviet Union
1993 16–19 September   Stockholm, Sweden   Russia
1994 8–11 September   Tampere, Finland   Russia
1995 12–15 October   Prague, Czech Republic   Russia
1997 10–13 September   Wrocław, Poland   Russia
1998 27–30 August   Gävle, Sweden   Russia
1999 23–26 September   Athens, Greece   Russia
2001 6–9 December   Patras, Greece   Cuba
2002 20–22 September   Moscow, Russia   Russia
2003 2–5 October   Créteil, France   Georgia

Women's freestyleEdit

Year Dates City and host country Team champion
1987 24–25 October   Lørenskog, Norway   Norway
1989 24–25 August   Martigny, Switzerland   Japan
1990 29 June – 1 July   Luleå, Sweden   Japan
1991 24–25 August   Tokyo, Japan   Japan
1992 4–5 September   Villeurbanne, France   Japan
1993 7–8 August   Stavern, Norway   Japan
1994 6–7 August   Sofia, Bulgaria   Japan
1995 9–11 September   Moscow, Russia   Russia
1996 29–31 August   Sofia, Bulgaria   Japan
1997 10–12 July   Clermont-Ferrand, France   Japan
1998 8–10 October   Poznań, Poland   Russia
1999 10–12 September   Boden, Sweden   United States
2000 1–3 September   Sofia, Bulgaria   Japan
2001 22–25 November   Sofia, Bulgaria   China
2002 2–3 November   Chalcis, Greece   Japan
2003 12–14 September   New York, United States   Japan

CombinedEdit

Year Dates City and host country Team champion
Men's freestyle Men's Greco-Roman Women's freestyle
2005 26 September – 2 October   Budapest, Hungary   Russia   Hungary   Japan
2006 25 September – 1 October   Guangzhou, China   Russia   Turkey   Japan
2007 17–23 September   Baku, Azerbaijan   Russia   United States   Japan
2008 11–13 October   Tokyo, Japan   Japan
2009 21–27 September   Herning, Denmark   Russia   Turkey   Azerbaijan
2010 6–12 September   Moscow, Russia   Russia   Russia   Japan
2011 12–18 September   Istanbul, Turkey   Russia   Russia   Japan
2012 27–29 September   Strathcona County, Canada   China
2013 16–22 September   Budapest, Hungary   Iran   Russia   Japan
2014 8–14 September   Tashkent, Uzbekistan   Russia   Iran   Japan
2015 7–15 September   Las Vegas, United States   Russia   Russia   Japan
2016 10–11 December   Budapest, Hungary
2017 21–26 August   Paris, France   United States   Russia   Japan
2018 20–28 October   Budapest, Hungary   Russia   Russia   Japan
2019 14–22 September   Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan   Russia   Russia   Japan
2021 2–10 October   Oslo, Norway
2022 10–18 September   Krasnoyarsk, Russia

All-time medal tableEdit

Updated after the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union2539369415
2  Japan1176775259
3  Russia1116896275
4  United States709195256
5  Bulgaria6293100255
6  Iran595569183
7  Turkey546072186
8  Sweden324047119
9  Hungary315050131
10  Cuba302848106
11  China27203279
12  France26222371
13  Germany22274392
14  Finland22262573
15  Ukraine19194987
16  Romania15323582
17  Azerbaijan15273072
18  Georgia15133058
19  Poland14383385
20  South Korea14232562
21  Canada14182961
22  Norway12162654
23  Armenia1291435
24  Austria119828
25  North Korea1051025
26  West Germany9131941
27  East Germany8232354
28  Mongolia7213563
29  Belarus6162648
30  Uzbekistan6102036
31  Yugoslavia5191741
32  Kazakhstan5172951
33  Denmark471021
34  Italy381223
35  Czechoslovakia361120
36  Venezuela34512
37  Egypt3249
38  Estonia2248
39  Serbia2169
40  Moldova1618
41  Chinese Taipei15612
42  India141318
43  Greece131115
44  Kyrgyzstan12710
45  Israel1146
46  Belgium1012
47  Czech Republic0235
48  Nigeria0145
49  Latvia0134
  Netherlands0134
51  Croatia0123
  Lithuania0123
  Slovakia0123
54  Lebanon0112
  North Macedonia0112
  Puerto Rico0112
57  Bahrain0101
  Brazil0101
  Tajikistan0101
  Tunisia0101
  Turkmenistan0101
62  Spain0033
   Switzerland0033
64  Bohemia0022
  Pakistan0022
66  Albania0011
  Argentina0011
  Chile0011
  Colombia0011
  Great Britain0011
  Syria0011
Totals (71 nations)1140113514353710

Team titlesEdit

Country FS GR FW Total
  Soviet Union 22 26 0 48
  Russia 13 14 2 29
  Japan 0 0 23 23
  Turkey 5 2 0 7
  Iran 5 1 0 6
  United States 3 1 1 5
  China 0 0 2 2
  Georgia 1 1 0 2
  Azerbaijan 0 0 1 1
  Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
  Cuba 0 1 0 1
  Hungary 0 1 0 1
  Norway 0 0 1 1
  Sweden 0 1 0 1

Multiple gold medalistsEdit

The tables shows those who have won at least 5 gold medals at the World Championships. Boldface denotes active wrestlers and highest medal count among all wrestlers (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Men's freestyleEdit

Rank Wrestler Country Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Valentin Yordanov   Bulgaria 52 kg 1983 1995 7 2 1 10
2 Aleksandr Medved   Soviet Union +87 kg / 97 kg /
+97 kg / +100 kg
1961 1971 7 1 1 9
3 Sergey Beloglazov   Soviet Union 57 kg / 62 kg 1979 1987 6 1 7
Arsen Fadzayev   Soviet Union 68 kg / 74 kg 1983 1991 6 1 7
5 Buvaisar Saitiev   Russia 74 kg / 76 kg 1995 2005 6 6
6 Makharbek Khadartsev   Soviet Union
  Russia
90 kg 1986 1995 5 2 1 8
7 Khadzhimurat Gatsalov   Russia 96 kg / 120 kg / 125 kg 2005 2014 5 1 1 7
8 Ali Aliyev   Soviet Union 52 kg / 57 kg 1959 1967 5 1 6
9 Leri Khabelov   Soviet Union
  Russia
100 kg / 130 kg 1985 1995 5 1 6
10 Abdollah Movahed   Iran 70 kg / 68 kg 1965 1970 5 5

Men's Greco-RomanEdit

Rank Wrestler Country Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Aleksandr Karelin   Soviet Union
  Russia
130 kg 1989 1999 9 9
2 Hamid Sourian   Iran 55 kg / 59 kg 2005 2014 6 6
3 Mijaín López   Cuba 120 kg / 130 kg 2005 2015 5 3 8
4 Gogi Koguashvili   Russia 90 kg / 97 kg 1993 1999 5 1 6
5 Nikolay Balboshin   Soviet Union 100 kg 1973 1979 5 5
Viktor Igumenov   Soviet Union 78 kg / 74 kg 1966 1971 5 5
Valery Rezantsev   Soviet Union 90 kg 1970 1975 5 5
Aleksandar Tomov   Bulgaria +100 kg 1971 1979 5 5

Women's freestyleEdit

Rank Wrestler Country Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Saori Yoshida   Japan 55 kg / 53 kg 2002 2015 13 13
2 Kaori Icho   Japan 63 kg / 58 kg 2002 2015 10 10
3 Hitomi Obara (Sakamoto)   Japan 51 kg / 48 kg 2000 2011 8 8
4 Christine Nordhagen   Canada 70 kg / 68 kg / 75 kg 1993 2001 6 1 1 8
5 Yayoi Urano   Japan 75 kg / 70 kg / 65 kg 1990 1996 6 1 7
6 Kyōko Hamaguchi   Japan 75 kg / 72 kg 1997 2010 5 2 3 10
7 Zhong Xiue   China 44 kg / 47 kg / 46 kg 1991 1999 5 2 7
8 Shoko Yoshimura   Japan 44 kg 1987 1996 5 1 3 9
9 Adeline Gray   United States 67 kg / 72 kg / 75 kg / 76 kg 2011 2019 5 2 7
10 Liu Dongfeng   China 75 kg 1991 1997 5 1 6
Stanka Zlateva   Bulgaria 72 kg 2006 2011 5 1 6
12 Nikola Hartmann   Austria 61 kg / 62 kg 1993 2000 5 5

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit