World Table Tennis Championships

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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. From the 1960s onwards, China emerged as the new dominant power in this tournament and continues to dominate the sport until this day. China's men's team holds a record 18 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 18 women's team titles.

Trophies[edit]

There are 7 different trophies presented to the winners of each event, held by winning associations, and returned for the next world championships.[1]

  • 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, but the original Cup disappeared during Berlin occupation after World War II. The Corbillon Cup is now a replica made in 1949.
  • 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.
  • 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.

And 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 was held in Cairo, Egypt.

Venues[edit]

1926–2001

2003–2018

Results of Individual Events[edit]

The table below is a World Table Tennis Champions list of individual events (Men's and Women's Singles, Men's and Women's Doubles and Mixed).

No. City

(Year)

Singles Doubles
Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Mixed
52 Paris

(2013)

China Zhang Jike China Li Xiaoxia Chinese Taipei Chuang Chih-Yuan

Chinese Taipei Chen Chien-An

China Guo Yue

China Li Xiaoxia

North Korea Kim Hyok-Bong

North Korea Kim Jong

51 Rotterdam

(2011)

China Ding Ning China Ma Long

China Xu Xin

China Zhang Chao

China Cao Zhen

50 Yokohama

(2009)

China Wang Hao China Zhang Yining China Wang Hao

China Chen Qi

China Li Ping

China Cao Zhen

49 Zagreb

(2007)

China Wang Liqin China Guo Yue China Ma Lin

China Chen Qi

China Wang Nan

China Zhang Yining

China Wang Liqin

China Guo Yue

48 Shanghai

(2005)

China Zhang Yining China Kong Linghui

China Wang Hao

47 Paris

(2003)

Austria Werner Schlager China Wang Nan China Wang Liqin

China Yan Sen

China Ma Lin

China Wang Nan

46 Osaka

(2001)

China Wang Liqin China Wang Nan

China Li Ju

China Qin Zhijian

China Yang Ying

45 Eindhoven

(1999)

China Liu Guoliang China Kong Linghui

China Liu Guoliang

China Ma Lin

China Zhang Yingying

44 Manchester

(1997)

Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner China Deng Yaping China Deng Yaping

China Yang Ying

China Liu Guoliang

China Wu Na

43 Tianjin

(1995)

China Kong Linghui China Wang Tao

China Lü Lin

China Deng Yaping

China Qiao Hong

China Wang Tao

China Liu Wei

42 Gothenburg

(1993)

France Jean-Philippe Gatien South Korea Hyun Jung-Hwa China Liu Wei

China Qiao Yunping

41 Chiba City

(1991)

Sweden Jörgen Persson China Deng Yaping Sweden Peter Karlsson

Sweden Thomas von Scheele

China Chen Zihe

China Gao Jun

40 Dortmund

(1989)

Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner China Qiao Hong West Germany Jörg Roßkopf

West Germany Steffen Fetzner

China Deng Yaping

China Qiao Hong

South Korea Yoo Nam-Kyu

South Korea Hyun Jung-Hwa

39 New Delhi

(1987)

China Jiang Jialiang China He Zhili China Chen Longcan

China Wei Qingguang

South Korea Hyun Jung-Hwa

South Korea Yang Young-Ja

China Hui Jun

China Geng Lijuan

38 Gothenburg

(1985)

China Cao Yanhua Sweden Mikael Appelgren

Sweden Ulf Carlsson

China Dai Lili

China Geng Lijuan

China Cai Zhenhua

China Cao Yanhua

37 Tokyo

(1983)

China Guo Yuehua Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Kalinić

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek

China Dai Lili

China Shen Jianping

China Guo Yuehua

China Ni Xialian

36 Novi Sad

(1981)

China Tong Ling China Cai Zhenhua

China Li Zhenshi

China Cao Yanhua

China Zhang Deying

China Xie Saike

China Huang Junqun

35 Pyongyang

(1979)

Japan Seiji Ono China Ge Xinai Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Anton Stipančić

China Zhang Deying

China Zhang Li

China Liang Geliang

China Ge Xinai

34 Birmingham

(1977)

Japan Mitsuru Kohno North Korea Pak Yung-Sun China Li Zhenshi

China Liang Geliang

North Korea Pak Yong-Ok

China Yang Ying

France Jacques Secrétin

France Claude Bergeret

33 Calcutta

(1975)

Hungary István Jónyer Hungary István Jónyer

Hungary Gabor Gergely

Romania Maria Alexandru

Japan Shoko Takahashi

Soviet Union Stanislav Gomozkov

Soviet Union Tatiana Ferdman

32 Sarajevo

(1973)

China Xi Enting China Hu Yulan Sweden Stellan Bengtsson

Sweden Kjell Johansson

Romania Maria Alexandru

Japan Miho Hamada

China Liang Geliang

China Li Li

31 Nagoya

(1971)

Sweden Stellan Bengtsson China Lin Huiqing Hungary István Jónyer

Hungary Tibor Klampár

China Zheng Minzhi

China Lin Huiqing

China Zhang Xielin

China Lin Huiqing

30 Munich

(1969)

Japan Shigeo Itoh Japan Toshiko Kowada Sweden Hans Alser

Sweden Kjell Johansson

Soviet Union Svetlana Grinberg

Soviet Union Zoja Rudnova

Japan Nobuhiko Hasegawa

Japan Yasuko Konno

29 Stockholm

(1967)

Japan Nobuhiko Hasegawa Japan Sachiko Morisawa Japan Sachiko Morisawa

Japan Saeko Hirota

Japan Nobuhiko Hasegawa

Japan Noriko Yamanaka

28 Ljubljana

(1965)

China Zhuang Zedong Japan Naoko Fukazu China Zhuang Zedong

China Xu Yinsheng

China Zheng Minzhi

China Lin Huiqing

Japan Koji Kimura

Japan Masako Seki

27 Prague

(1963)

Japan Kimiyo Matsuzaki China Zhang Xielin

China Wang Zhiliang

Japan Kimiyo Matsuzaki

Japan Masako Seki

Japan Koji Kimura

Japan Kazuko Ito

26 Beijing

(1961)

China Qiu Zhonghui Japan Koji Kimura

Japan Nobuya Hoshino

Romania Maria Alexandru

Romania Georgita Pitica

Japan Ichiro Ogimura

Japan Kimiyo Matsuzaki

25 Dortmund

(1959)

China Rong Guotuan Japan Kimiyo Matsuzaki Japan Ichiro Ogimura

Japan Teruo Murakami

Japan Kazuko Yamaizumi

Japan Taeko Namba

Japan Ichiro Ogimura

Japan Fujie Eguchi

24 Stockholm

(1957)

Japan Toshiaki Tanaka Japan Fujie Eguchi Czechoslovakia Ivan Andreadis

Czechoslovakia Ladislav Stipek

Hungary Livia Mossoczy

Hungary Agnes Simon

23 Tokyo

(1956)

Japan Ichiro Ogimura Japan Tomie Okawa Japan Ichiro Ogimura

Japan Yoshio Tomita

Romania Angelica Rozeanu

Romania Ella Zeller

United States Erwin Klein

United States Leah Neuberger

22 Utrecht

(1955)

Japan Toshiaki Tanaka Romania Angelica Rozeanu Czechoslovakia Ivan Andreadis

Czechoslovakia Ladislav Stipek

Hungary Kálmán Szepesi

Hungary Eva Koczian

21 Wembley

(1954)

Japan Ichiro Ogimura Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Žarko Dolinar

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vilim Harangozo

England Rosalind Rowe

England Diane Rowe

Czechoslovakia Ivan Andreadis

Hungary Gizella Farkas

20 Bucharest

(1953)

Hungary Ferenc Sido Hungary Ferenc Sido

Hungary József Kóczián

Romania Angelica Rozeanu

Hungary Gizella Farkas

Hungary Ferenc Sido

Romania Angelica Rozeanu

19 Bombay

(1952)

Japan Hiroji Satoh Japan Norikazu Fujii

Japan Tadaki Hayashi

Japan Shizuki Narahara

Japan Tomie Nishimura

18 Vienna

(1951)

England Johnny Leach Czechoslovakia Bohumil Vana

Czechoslovakia Ivan Andreadis

England Rosalind Rowe

England Diane Rowe

Czechoslovakia Bohumil Vana

Romania Angelica Rozeanu

17 Budapest

(1950)

England Richard Bergmann Hungary Ferenc Sido

Hungary Ferenc Soos

Scotland Helen Elliot

England Dora Beregi

Hungary Ferenc Sido

Hungary Gizella Farkas

16 Stockholm

(1949)

England Johnny Leach Hungary Gizella Farkas Czechoslovakia Ivan Andreadis

Czechoslovakia Frantisek Tokar

Hungary Gizella Farkas

Scotland Helen Elliot

15 Wembley

(1948)

England Richard Bergmann Czechoslovakia Bohumil Vana

Czechoslovakia Ladislav Stipek

England Margaret Franks

England Vera Thomas

United States Richard Miles

United States Thelma Thall

14 Paris

(1947)

Czechoslovakia Bohumil Vana Czechoslovakia Bohumil Vana

Czechoslovakia Adolf Slar

Hungary Gizella Farkas

Austria Gertrude Pritzi

Hungary Ferenc Soos

Hungary Gizella Farkas

13 Cairo

(1939)

England Richard Bergmann Czechoslovakia Vlasta Depetrisova England Viktor Barna

England Richard Bergmann

Nazi Germany Gertrude Pritzi

Nazi Germany Hilde Bussmann

Czechoslovakia Bohumil Vana

Czechoslovakia Vera Votrubcova

12 Wembley

(1938)

Czechoslovakia Bohumil Vana Nazi Germany Gertrude Pritzi United States Sol Shiff

United States James McClure

Czechoslovakia Vlasta Depetrisova

Czechoslovakia Vera Votrubcova

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Laszlo Bellak

England Wendy Woodhead

11 Baden

(1937)

Austria Richard Bergmann United States Ruth Aarons [a]

Austria Gertrude Pritzi

United States Robert Blattner

United States James McClure

Czechoslovakia Bohumil Vana

Czechoslovakia Vera Votrubcova

10 Prague

(1936)

Czechoslovakia Stanislav Kolář United States Ruth Aarons Czechoslovakia Marie Kettnerová

Czechoslovakia Marie Smidova

Czechoslovakia Miloslav Hamr

Czechoslovakia Gertrude Kleinová

9 Wembley

(1935)

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Viktor Barna Czechoslovakia Marie Kettnerová Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Viktor Barna

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Miklós Szabados

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Mária Mednyánszky

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Anna Sipos

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Viktor Barna

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Anna Sipos

8 Paris

(1933)

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Miklós Szabados

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Mária Mednyánszky

7 Baden

(1933)

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Anna Sipos Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Viktor Barna

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Sándor Glancz

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) István Kelen

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Mária Mednyánszky

6 Prague

(1932)

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Viktor Barna

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Miklós Szabados

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Viktor Barna

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Anna Sipos

5 Budapest

(1931)

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Miklós Szabados Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Mária Mednyánszky Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Miklós Szabados

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Mária Mednyánszky

4 Berlin

(1930)

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Viktor Barna
3 Budapest

(1929)

England Fred Perry Weimar Republic Erika Metzger

Weimar Republic Mona Rüster

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) István Kelen

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Anna Sipos

2 Stockholm

(1928)

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Zoltán Mechlovits Austria Alfred Liebster

Austria Robert Thum

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Mária Mednyánszky

Austria Fanchette Flamm

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Zoltán Mechlovits

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Mária Mednyánszky

1 London

(1926)

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Roland Jacobi Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Roland Jacobi

Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Daniel Pecsi

a.^ The champion of Woman's Singles in 1937 was declared vacant due to time limit rule in force at the time. In 2001, it was decided to declare the two players Co-Champions.

Results of Team Events[edit]

The table below is a World Table Tennis Champions list of teams events.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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