World Wrestling Championships

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

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

Men's Greco-Roman[edit]

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

Women's freestyle[edit]

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

Combined[edit]

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

All-time medal table[edit]

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 titles[edit]

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 medalists[edit]

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 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 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 also[edit]

References[edit]