Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

The World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships are the World Championships for the sport of rhythmic gymnastics. The tournament is promoted and organized by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). It is one of the three tournaments in rhythmic gymnastics officially organized by FIG, as well as the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup and the gymnastics competitions at the Olympic Games (in collaboration with the IOC and the federation of the country organising the Games).[1] The first edition of the World Championships was held in 1963, a time when the sport was known as modern gymnastics. The current program of the World Championships contemplates both individual and group performances. In even non-Olympic years and the year before the Olympics, a team event is also contested. Two events are not competed at the World Championships anymore: individual rope and free hands.

There is a clear dominance of post-Soviet republics at the World Championships, namely Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Successful nations also include Bulgaria, Italy and Spain, the last two of which are mostly dominant in group events. The only non-European nations to successfully achieve medal positions at the World Championships are Japan, China, North Korea and South Korea; other medal-winning nations — Azerbaijan and Israel — though geographically located in Asia, compete at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.[2]


Year Games Host City Country Events First in the Medal Table Second in the Medal Table Third in the Medal Table Comments
19631Budapest Hungary3 Soviet Union BulgariaN/A(individuals only)
19652Prague Czechoslovakia3 Czechoslovakia Soviet UnionN/A(individuals only)
19673Copenhagen Denmark5 Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Bulgaria
19694Varna Bulgaria6 Bulgaria Soviet Union Czechoslovakia
19715Havana Cuba6 Bulgaria Soviet Union North Korea
19736Rotterdam Netherlands6 Soviet Union Bulgaria Czechoslovakia
19757Madrid Spain6 West Germany Japan Italy
19778Basel  Switzerland6 Soviet Union Bulgaria
19799London Great Britain6 Soviet Union Bulgaria Czechoslovakia
198110Munich West Germany6 Bulgaria Soviet Union Czechoslovakia
198311Strasbourg France6 Bulgaria Soviet Union North Korea
198512Valladolid Spain6 Bulgaria Soviet Union North Korea
198713Varna Bulgaria8 Bulgaria Soviet Union China
198914Sarajevo Yugoslavia9 Soviet Union Bulgaria Spain
199115Athens Greece9 Soviet Union Spain Bulgaria
199216Brussels Belgium8 Russia Belarus Bulgaria
199317Alicante Spain7 Bulgaria Ukraine Spain(individuals only)
199418Paris France8 Ukraine Bulgaria Russia
199519Vienna Austria9 Bulgaria Russia Ukraine
199620Budapest Hungary7 Ukraine Belarus Russia
199721Berlin Germany6 Ukraine Russia Belarus(individuals only)
199822Sevilla Spain3 Belarus Spain Russia(groups only)
199923Osaka Japan9 Russia Greece Ukraine
200124Madrid Spain6 Ukraine Bulgaria Belarus(individuals only)
200225New Orleans United States3 Russia Greece Ukraine(groups only)
200326Budapest Hungary9 Russia Ukraine Bulgaria
200527Baku Azerbaijan9 Russia Italy Bulgaria
200728Patras Greece9 Russia Ukraine Italy
200929Mie Japan9 Russia Italy Belarus
201030Moscow Russia9 Russia Italy Belarus
201131Montpellier France9 Russia Italy Bulgaria
201332Kiev Ukraine8 Russia Ukraine Belarus
201433İzmir Turkey9 Russia Bulgaria Spain
201534Stuttgart Germany9 Russia Italy Belarus
201735Pesaro Italy8 Russia Italy Japan
201836Sofia BulgariaFuture event
201937Baku AzerbaijanFuture event


Dominant nations include Soviet Union (as well as its subsequent independent states, namely Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan) and Bulgaria.

Individual All-Around Medalists
1963 Budapest, Hungary Ludmila Savinkova Tatiana Kravtchenko Julia Trashlieva
1965 Prague, Czechoslovakia Hana Micechova Tatiana Kravtchenko Hana Machatová-Bogušovská
1967 Copenhagen, Denmark Elena Karpuchina Ute Lehmann Liubov Sereda
1969 Varna, Bulgaria Maria Gigova Neshka Robeva
Liubov Sereda
Galima Shugurova
1971 Havana, Cuba Maria Gigova Elena Karpuchina Alfia Nazmutdinova
1973 Rotterdam, Netherlands Maria Gigova
Galima Shugurova
N/A Natalia Krachinnekova
1975 Madrid, Spain Carmen Rischer Christiana Rosenberg Maria Jesus Alegre
1977 Basel, Switzerland Irina Deriugina Galima Shugurova Kristina Guiourova
1979 London, Great Britain Irina Deriugina Elena Tomas Irina Gabashvili
1981 Munich, West Germany Anelia Ralenkova Lilia Ignatova
Iliana Raeva
1983 Strasbourg, France Diliana Georgieva Galina Beloglazova
Lilia Ignatova
Anelia Ralenkova
1985 Valladolid, Spain Diliana Georgieva Lilia Ignatova Bianka Panova
1987 Varna, Bulgaria Bianka Panova Adriana Dunavska
Elizabeth Koleva
1989 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Olexandra Timoshenko Bianka Panova Adriana Dunavska
Oksana Skaldina
1991 Athens, Greece Oksana Skaldina Olexandra Timoshenko Mila Marinova
1992 Brussels, Belgium Oxana Kostina Maria Petrova Larissa Lukyanenko
1993 Alicante, Spain Maria Petrova Kateryna Serebrianska Amina Zaripova
1994 Paris, France Maria Petrova Larissa Lukyanenko
Amina Zaripova
1995 Vienna, Austria Maria Petrova
Kateryna Serebrianska
N/A Yanina Batyrchina
Larissa Lukyanenko
1997 Berlin, Germany Olena Vitrychenko Natalia Lipkovskaya Yanina Batyrchina
1999 Osaka, Japan Alina Kabaeva Yulia Raskina Yulia Barsoukova
2001 Madrid, Spain Tamara Yerofeeva Simona Peycheva Anna Bessonova
2003 Budapest, Hungary Alina Kabaeva Anna Bessonova Irina Tchachina
2005 Baku, Azerbaijan Olga Kapranova Anna Bessonova Irina Tchachina
2007 Patras, Greece Anna Bessonova Vera Sessina Olga Kapranova
2009 Mie, Japan Yevgeniya Kanayeva Daria Kondakova Anna Bessonova
2010 Moscow, Russia Yevgeniya Kanayeva Daria Kondakova Melitina Staniouta
2011 Montpellier, France Yevgeniya Kanayeva Daria Kondakova Aliya Garayeva
2013 Kiev, Ukraine Yana Kudryavtseva Ganna Rizatdinova Melitina Staniouta
2014 Izmir, Turkey Yana Kudryavtseva Margarita Mamun Ganna Rizatdinova
2015 Stuttgart, Germany Yana Kudryavtseva Margarita Mamun Melitina Staniouta
2017 Pesaro, Italy Dina Averina Arina Averina Linoy Ashram
2018 Sofia, Bulgaria
2019 Baku, Azerbaijan

All-time medal table


Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia985329180
2 Bulgaria665450170
3 Soviet Union504327120
4 Ukraine25283689
5 Belarus9253670
6 Italy815528
7 Spain7111836
8 West Germany55010
9 Czechoslovakia45817
10 Greece3126
11 Japan1247
 North Korea1247
13 Azerbaijan0178
14 Israel0145
15 East Germany0134
16 China0123
17 France0022
18 Hungary0011
 South Korea0011

Multiple gold medalists

Boldface denotes active rhythmic gymnasts and highest medal count among all rhythmic gymnasts (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

All events

Rank Rhythmic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1Yevgeniya Kanayeva Russia20072011171-18
2Yana Kudryavtseva Russia20132015133-16
3Olexandra Timoshenko Soviet Union19891991102-12
4Olga Kapranova Russia20032009101112
5Maria Petrova Bulgaria1991199699422
6Olena Vitrychenko Ukraine1992199997723
7Galima Shugurova Soviet Union1969197794114
8Alina Kabaeva Russia1999200793214
9Maria Gigova Bulgaria1967197392213
10Bianka Panova Bulgaria1985198992112

Individual events

Rank Rhythmic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1Yevgeniya Kanayeva Russia20092011131-14
2Yana Kudryavtseva Russia20132015113-14
3Olena Vitrychenko Ukraine1993199995418
4Galima Shugurova Soviet Union1969197794114
5Maria Gigova Bulgaria1967197392213
6Maria Petrova Bulgaria1992199687419
7Kateryna Serebrianska Ukraine1993199684315
8Bianka Panova Bulgaria1985198982111
9Olexandra Timoshenko Soviet Union1989199182-10
10Diliana Georgieva Bulgaria198319857-29


Category All events Individual events
Most medals

See also


  1. "Technical Regulations 2017" (PDF). International Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  2. "MenuHistoricalMedallists". 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
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