World Table Tennis Championships
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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 22 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 22 women's team titles.

Trophies

Japanese men's team won the Swaythling Cup and Romanian women's team won the Corbillon Cup at the 1955 World Table Tennis Championships
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]

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 city Host country 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 1934 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 West Germany Dortmund West 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 West Germany Munich West 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 West Germany Dortmund West Germany 7
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
Edition Year Host city Host country Events
45 1999 Netherlands Eindhoven Netherlands 5
2000 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2
46 2001 Japan Osaka Japan 7
47 2003 France Paris France 5
2004 Qatar Doha Qatar 2
48 2005 China Shanghai China 5
2006 Germany Bremen Germany 2
49 2007 Croatia Zagreb Croatia 5
2008 China Guangzhou China 2
50 2009 Japan Yokohama Japan 5
2010 Russia Moscow Russia 2
51 2011 Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands 5
2012 Germany Dortmund Germany 2
52 2013 France Paris France 5
2014 Japan Tokyo Japan 2
53 2015 China Suzhou China 5
2016 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2
54 2017 Germany Düsseldorf Germany 5
2018 Sweden Halmstad Sweden 2
55 2019 Hungary Budapest Hungary 5
2020 South Korea Busan South Korea (cancelled)
56 2021 United States Houston United States 5
2022 China Chengdu China[2] 2
57 2023 South Africa Durban South Africa[3] 5
2024 South Korea Busan South Korea[4] 2
58 2025 Qatar Doha Qatar[5] 5

All-time medal table

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

Chinese women's team held the trophy for the 20th time in 2016. The team have only lost twice since 1975.
Chinese women's team held the trophy for the 20th time in 2016. The team have only lost twice since 1975.

Updated after the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships. Doubles pairs from different associations were counted as a half a point.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China156105170.5431.5
2 Hungary685973.5200.5
3 Japan484177166
4 Czechoslovakia2836.558.5123
5 Romania1710.518.546
6 Sweden151314.542.5
7 England1426.55797.5
8 United States10319.532.5
9 Austria713.53555.5
10 South Korea4.5184365.5
11 Germany415.521.541
12 North Korea3.581223.5
13 Yugoslavia31113.527.5
14 Soviet Union34714
15 France22.51923.5
16 Chinese Taipei13812
17 Singapore1258
18 West Germany1247
19Korea Korea1135
20 Scotland111.53.5
21 Poland03.56.510
22 Hong Kong0223.525.5
23 Belgium0213
24 Wales01.534.5
25 Belarus01.51.53
26 East Germany0112
27 Croatia00.52.53
28 Luxembourg00.511.5
29 Spain00.500.5
30 Egypt002.52.5
31 India0022
32 Greece001.51.5
33 Denmark0011
 Italy0011
 Portugal0011
 Vietnam0011
37 Netherlands000.50.5
Totals (37 entries)3883897121489

Multiple medalists

Further information: List of World Table Tennis Championships medalists

Top medalists ordered by number of gold medals at the World Table Tennis Championships (including at team events) are listed below.[6] 11 men won at least nine gold medals and 11 women with a minimum of eight.

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 Ma Long  China 2006 2023 13 1 4 18
5 Ichiro Ogimura  Japan 1954 1965 12 5 3 20
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
11 Wang Hao  China 2003 2014 9 4 3 16

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
11 Liu Shiwen  China 2009 2019 8 4 3 15

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. Archived from the original on 13 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. ^ "Doha Selected to Host the 2025 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals". ittf.com. 6 December 2022. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  6. ^ "Medalists of World Table Tennis Championships". tabletennis.guide. Retrieved 8 November 2011.