World Wrestling Championships

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World Wrestling Championships
Status active
Genre sports event
Date(s) September-October
Frequency annual
Location(s) various
Inaugurated 1904 (1904)
Organised by United World Wrestling

UWW United World Wrestling is the Amateur Wrestling World Championship organized by the United 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.

Competitions[edit]

Men's freestyle[edit]

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

Men's Greco-Roman[edit]

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

Women's freestyle[edit]

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

Combined[edit]

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

All-time medal table[edit]

All-time medal count, as of the 2017 World Wrestling Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union2539369415
2 Japan (JPN)1096368240
3 Russia (RUS)926389244
4 Bulgaria (BUL)619098249
5 United States (USA)618888237
6 Iran (IRI)585460172
7 Turkey (TUR)525466172
8 Sweden (SWE)323846116
9 Hungary (HUN)294648123
10 Cuba (CUB)28274499
11 France (FRA)26212269
12 China (CHN)26182266
13 Germany (GER)21273987
14 Finland (FIN)21262572
15 Ukraine (UKR)17164578
16 Romania (ROU)15313581
17 Poland (POL)14383183
18 South Korea (KOR)14232360
19 Azerbaijan (AZE)13222661
20 Canada (CAN)12172756
21 Norway (NOR)12162654
22 Armenia (ARM)1281131
23 Austria (AUT)119727
24 Georgia (GEO)10122446
25 West Germany9131941
26 North Korea (PRK)95923
27 East Germany8232354
28 Mongolia (MGL)7203057
29 Belarus (BLR)6142343
30 Uzbekistan (UZB)681630
31 Yugoslavia5191741
32 Kazakhstan (KAZ)5132341
33 Denmark (DEN)471021
34 Italy (ITA)371121
35 Czechoslovakia361120
36 Venezuela (VEN)34512
37 Egypt (EGY)3249
38 Estonia (EST)2226
39 Serbia (SRB)2024
40 Chinese Taipei (TPE)15612
41 Moldova (MDA)1517
42 Greece (GRE)131115
43 India (IND)12811
44 Israel (ISR)1146
45 Belgium (BEL)1012
46 Czech Republic (CZE)0235
47 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)0178
48 Latvia (LAT)0134
 Netherlands (NED)0134
 Nigeria (NGR)0134
51 Croatia (CRO)0123
 Lithuania (LTU)0123
53 Lebanon (LIB)0112
 Puerto Rico (PUR)0112
 Slovakia (SVK)0112
56 Brazil (BRA)0101
 Macedonia (MKD)0101
 Tajikistan (TJK)0101
 Tunisia (TUN)0101
 Turkmenistan (TKM)0101
61 Bohemia0022
 Pakistan (PAK)0022
 Spain (ESP)0022
  Switzerland (SUI)0022
65 Albania (ALB)0011
 Argentina (ARG)0011
 Chile (CHI)0011
 Colombia (COL)0011
 Great Britain (GBR)0011
 Syria (SYR)0011
Totals (70 nations)1080107513153470


Team titles[edit]

Country FS GR FW Total
 Soviet Union 22 26 0 48
 Russia 11 12 2 25
 Japan 0 0 21 21
 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 medalists[edit]

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

Men's freestyle[edit]

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-Roman[edit]

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 freestyle[edit]

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 Liu Dongfeng  China 75 kg 1991 1997 5 - 1 6
Stanka Zlateva  Bulgaria 72 kg 2006 2011 5 - 1 6
11 Nikola Hartmann  Austria 61 kg / 62 kg 1993 2000 5 - - 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]