Mária Mednyánszky

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Mária Mednyánszky
Full name Mária Mednyánszky
Nationality  Hungary
Born (1901-04-07)April 7, 1901
Died (1978-12-22)December 22, 1978

Mária Mednyánszky (7 April 1901 Budapest – 22 December 1978 also Budapest) was a Hungarian international table tennis star.

Table tennis career[edit]

She became the first official women's world champion winning the women's singles event gold medal in the first edition of the World Table Tennis Championships, held in 1926 at London.[1] She went on to win the title for five successive years and won a further 18 world titles.[2] Only Angelica Rozeanu holds more women's singles titles than her.[2]

She won seven doubles titles including six consecutive wins with Anna Sipos.[2] [3] [4] She also won three English Open titles.


She was awarded the Golden Order of the Hungarian People's Republic in 1976, Hungary's highest sporting honour.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.ittf.com/ittf_stats/All_events3.asp?ID=4644
  2. ^ a b c "Profile". Table Tennis Guide. 
  3. ^ Matthews/Morrison, Peter/Ian (1987). The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Sports Records and Results, pages 309-312. Guinness Superlatives. ISBN 0-85112-492-5. 
  4. ^ Montague, Trevor (2004). A-Z of Sport, pages 699-700. The Bath Press. ISBN 0-316-72645-1.