World Table Tennis Championships
2009 WTTC in Yokohama, Japan
StatusActive
GenreGlobal sports event
Date(s)c. April–May
FrequencyAnnual
Inaugurated1926 (1926)
Organised byITTF

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 21 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 21 women's team titles.

Trophies

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

  • 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
  • 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.

  Individual events   Team events

Edition Year Host Events
1 1926 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 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 1933 France Paris, France 7
9 1935 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7
10 1936 Czech Republic Prague, Czechoslovakia 7
11 1937 Austria Baden bei Wien, Austria 7
12 1938 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7
13 1939 Egypt Cairo, Egypt 7
14 1947 France Paris, France 7
15 1948 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7
22 1955 Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands 7
23 1956 Japan Tokyo, Japan 7
24 1957 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 7
25 1959 Germany Dortmund, 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 Germany Munich, 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 United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom 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 Germany Dortmund, Germany 7
Edition Year Host Events
41 1991 Japan Chiba City, Japan 7
42 1993 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden 7
43 1995 China Tianjin, China 7
44 1997 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom 7
45 1999 Netherlands Eindhoven, Netherlands 5
45 2000 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2
46 2001 Japan Osaka, Japan 7
47 2003 France Paris, France 5
47 2004 Qatar Doha, Qatar 2
48 2005 China Shanghai, China 5
48 2006 Germany Bremen, Germany 2
49 2007 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia 5
49 2008 China Guangzhou, China 2
50 2009 Japan Yokohama, Japan 5
50 2010 Russia Moscow, Russia 2
51 2011 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands 5
51 2012 Germany Dortmund, Germany 2
52 2013 France Paris, France 5
52 2014 Japan Tokyo, Japan 2
53 2015 China Suzhou, China 5
53 2016 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2
54 2017 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 5
54 2018 Sweden Halmstad, Sweden 2
55 2019 Hungary Budapest, Hungary 5
- 2020 South Korea Busan, South Korea -
56 2021 United States Houston, United States 5
56 2022 China Chengdu, China[2] 2
57 2023 South Africa Durban, South Africa[3] 5
57 2024 South Korea Busan, South Korea[4] 2

Medal table

Further information on medalists: List of World Table Tennis Championships medalists

Multiple medalists

Further information: List of World Table Tennis Championships medalists

Top 10 medalists at the World Table Tennis Championships (including at team events) are listed below.[5]

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 Bohumil Váňa  Czechoslovakia 1935 1955 13 10 7 30
4 Ichiro Ogimura  Japan 1954 1965 12 5 3 20
5 Ma Long  China 2006 2019 12 1 3 16
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

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

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. 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. ^ "Medalists of World Table Tennis Championships". tabletennis.guide. Retrieved 8 November 2011.