World Table Tennis Championships

World Table Tennis Championships
Status Active
Genre Global sports event
Date(s) c. April–May
Frequency Annual
Inaugurated 1926 (1926)
Organised by ITTF

The World Table Tennis 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 20 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 21 women's team titles.

Trophies

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]

  • Singles competition:
  • St. Bride Vase for Men's Singles, donated in 1929 by C.Corti Woodcock, member of the exclusive St. Bride Table Tennis Club in London, after Fred Perry of England won the title in Budapest
  • Geist Prize for Women's Singles, donated in 1931 by Dr. Gaspar Geist, President of the Hungarian Table Tennis Association
  • Doubles competition:
  • Iran Cup for Men's Doubles; first presented at the 1947 World Championships by the Shah of Iran
  • W.J. Pope Trophy for Women's Doubles; donated in 1948 by the ITTF Honorary General Secretary W.J. Pope
  • Heydusek Cup for Mixed Doubles; donated in 1948 by Zdenek Heydusek, Secretary of the Czechoslovakia Association.
  • Team competition:
    • Swaythling Cup for Men's Team, donated in 1926 by Lady Baroness Swaythling, mother of the first ITTF President, Ivor Montagu
    • Corbillon Cup for Women's Team, donated in 1933 by Marcel Corbillon, President of the French Table Tennis Association
      The German women's team won the Cup in 1939, and the original Cup disappeared during Berlin occupation after World War II; the current Corbillon Cup is a replica made in 1949.

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

ITTF held individual events and team events for the first time in 1999 and 2000 respectively. And after in 2001 was the last time individual and team events were held. It has begun in 2003 the world championships split apart into individual events and team events.

No. Year Host City Events
1 1926 London, United Kingdom 5
2 1928 Stockholm, Sweden 6
3 1929 Budapest, Hungary 6
4 1930 Berlin, Germany 6
5 1931 Budapest, Hungary 6
6 1932 Prague, Czechoslovakia 6
7 1933 Baden bei Wien, Austria 6
8 1933 Paris, France 7
9 1935 London, United Kingdom 7
10 1936 Prague, Czechoslovakia 7
11 1937 Baden bei Wien, Austria 7
12 1938 London, United Kingdom 7
13 1939 Cairo, Egypt 7
14 1947 Paris, France 7
15 1948 London, United Kingdom 7
16 1949 Stockholm, Sweden 7
17 1950 Budapest, Hungary 7
18 1951 Vienna, Austria 7
19 1952 Mumbai, India 7
20 1953 Bucharest, Romania 7
21 1954 London, United Kingdom 7
22 1955 Utrecht, Netherlands 7
No. Year Host City Events
23 1956 Tokyo, Japan 7
24 1957 Stockholm, Sweden 7
25 1959 Dortmund, Germany 7
26 1961 Beijing, China 7
27 1963 Prague, Czechoslovakia 7
28 1965 Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 7
29 1967 Stockholm, Sweden 7
30 1969 Munich, Germany 7
31 1971 Nagoya, Japan 7
32 1973 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 7
33 1975 Kolkata, India 7
34 1977 Birmingham, United Kingdom 7
35 1979 Pyongyang, North Korea 7
36 1981 Novi Sad, Yugoslavia 7
37 1983 Tokyo, Japan 7
38 1985 Gothenburg, Sweden 7
39 1987 New Delhi, India 7
40 1989 Dortmund, Germany 7
41 1991 Chiba City, Japan 7
42 1993 Gothenburg, Sweden 7
43 1995 Tianjin, China 7
44 1997 Manchester, United Kingdom 7
No. Year Host City Events
45 1999 Eindhoven, Netherlands 5
45 2000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2
46 2001 Osaka, Japan 7
47 2003 Paris, France 5
47 2004 Doha, Qatar 2
48 2005 Shanghai, China 5
48 2006 Bremen, Germany 2
49 2007 Zagreb, Croatia 5
49 2008 Guangzhou, China 2
50 2009 Yokohama, Japan 5
50 2010 Moscow, Russia 2
51 2011 Rotterdam, Netherlands 5
51 2012 Dortmund, Germany 2
52 2013 Paris, France 5
52 2014 Tokyo, Japan 2
53 2015 Suzhou, China 5
53 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2
54 2017 Düsseldorf, Germany 5
54 2018 Halmstad, Sweden 2
55 2019 Budapest, Hungary 5
55 2020 Busan, South Korea 2
Individual and Team Individual Team

Medal Table

  • As of 2018:
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China 140102153395
2 Hungary 6858.575.5202
3 Japan 483472154
4 Czech Republic 2834.559121.5
5 Romania 16.5101945.5
6 England 1427.556.597
7 Sweden 131412.539.5
8 United States 9.522031.5
9 Austria 615.535.557
10 Germany 516.520.542
11 South Korea 5154262
12 North Korea 491326
13 Yugoslavia 31113.527.5
14 Russia 34714
15 France 231823
16 Singapore 1218
17 Chinese Taipei 125.58.5
18 Scotland 1124
19 Poland 03.57.511
20 Hong Kong 0222.524.5
21 Belgium 0213
22 Wales 01.52.54
23 Belarus 01.51.53
24 Croatia 00.52.53
25 Luxembourg 00.500.5
26 Egypt 002.52.5
27 India 0022
28 Greece 001.51.5
29 Denmark 0011
 Italy 0011
 Vietnam 0011
32 Netherlands 000.50.5
 Spain 000.50.5
Total3713716781420

Results of Individual Events

Results of Team Events

See also

References

  1. "The World Championship Trophies- A Retrospective". ittf.com. ITTF. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
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