World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women

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The International Skating Union has organised the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women since 1936. Unofficial championships were held in the years 1933–1935.[1]

History[edit]

Distances used[edit]

  • In the years 1933–1935, three distances were skated: 500 m, 1000 m and 1500 m.
  • In the years 1936–1955, four distances were skated: 500 m, 1000 m, 3000 m and 5000 m (the old combination).
  • In the years 1956–1982, four distances were skated: 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and 3000 m (the mini combination).
  • Since 1983, four distances are skated: 500 m, 1500 m, 3000 m and 5000 m (the small combination).

Ranking systems used[edit]

  • Since 1933, the samalog system has been in use.

Records[edit]

  • Gunda Niemann of East Germany won a total of 8 world championship titles, three consecutive in 1991-1993, and another five consecutive titles in 1995-1999.
  • Ireen Wüst of Netherlands has a total of six world championships (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017). Karin Enke of East Germany (1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988) won five world championship titles (1982, 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1988).
  • Wüst and Claudia Pechstein of Germany each won a record 11 championship medals. Each of them achieved this in consecutive championships. Wüst won 11 championship medals in 2007-2017 with six golds (2007, 2011-2014, 2017), three silvers (2008, 2015, 2016) and two bronzes (2009, 2010). Pechstein won 11 championship medals in 1996-2006 with one gold (2000), eight silvers (1996-1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006) and two bronzes (2002, 2005).

Medal winners[edit]

Unofficial championships[edit]

Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1933 Oslo Austria Liselotte Landbeck Norway Synnøve Lie United States Helen Bina
1934 Oslo Norway Undis Blikken Finland Verné Lesche Norway Synnøve Lie
1935 Oslo Norway Laila Schou Nilsen Norway Synnøve Lie United States Kit Klein

Official championships[edit]

Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1936 Stockholm United States Kit Klein Finland Verné Lesche Norway Synnøve Lie
1937 Davos Norway Laila Schou Nilsen Norway Synnøve Lie Finland Verné Lesche
1938 Oslo Norway Laila Schou Nilsen (3 [a]) Finland Verné Lesche Norway Synnøve Lie
1939 Tampere Finland Verné Lesche Finland Liisa Salmi Finland Laura Tamminen
1940 Not held due to World War II
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947 Drammen Finland Verné Lesche (2) Norway Else Marie Christiansen Norway Maggi Kvestad
1948 Turku Soviet Union Maria Isakova Soviet Union Lidia Selikhova Soviet Union Zoya Kholshevnikova
1949 Kongsberg Soviet Union Maria Isakova Soviet Union Zoya Kholshevnikova Soviet Union Rimma Zhukova
1950 Moscow Soviet Union Maria Isakova (3) Soviet Union Zinaida Krotova Soviet Union Rimma Zhukova
1951 Eskilstuna Finland Eevi Huttunen Norway Randi Thorvaldsen Norway Ragnhild Mikkelsen
1952 Kokkola Soviet Union Lidia Selikhova Soviet Union Maria Anikanova Norway Randi Thorvaldsen
1953 Lillehammer Soviet Union Khalida Shchegoleyeva Soviet Union Rimma Zhukova Soviet Union Lidia Selikhova
1954 Östersund Soviet Union Lidia Selikhova (2) Soviet Union Rimma Zhukova Soviet Union Sofya Kondakova
1955 Kuopio Soviet Union Rimma Zhukova Soviet Union Tamara Rylova Soviet Union Sofya Kondakova
1956 Kvarnsveden Soviet Union Sofya Kondakova Soviet Union Rimma Zhukova Soviet Union Tamara Rylova
1957 Imatra Soviet Union Inga Artamonova Soviet Union Tamara Rylova Soviet Union Lidia Selikhova
1958 Kristinehamn Soviet Union Inga Artamonova Soviet Union Tamara Rylova Soviet Union Sofya Kondakova
1959 Sverdlovsk Soviet Union Tamara Rylova Soviet Union Valentina Stenina Soviet Union Lidia Skoblikova
1960 Östersund Soviet Union Valentina Stenina Soviet Union Tamara Rylova Soviet Union Lidia Skoblikova
1961 Tønsberg Soviet Union Valentina Stenina Soviet Union Albina Tuzova Soviet Union Lidia Skoblikova
1962 Imatra Soviet Union Inga Voronina-Artamonova Soviet Union Lidia Skoblikova Soviet Union Albina Tuzova
1963 Karuizawa Soviet Union Lidia Skoblikova Soviet Union Inga Voronina-Artamonova Soviet Union Valentina Stenina
1964 Kristinehamn Soviet Union Lidia Skoblikova (2) Soviet Union Inga Voronina-Artamonova Soviet Union Tamara Rylova
1965 Oulu Soviet Union Inga Voronina-Artamonova (4) Soviet Union Valentina Stenina Netherlands Stien Kaiser
1966 Trondheim Soviet Union Valentina Stenina (3) North Korea Kim Song-Sun Netherlands Stien Kaiser
1967 Deventer Netherlands Stien Kaiser Soviet Union Lāsma Kauniste United States Dianne Holum
1968 Helsinki Netherlands Stien Kaiser (2) Netherlands Ans Schut Netherlands Carry Geijssen
1969 Grenoble Soviet Union Lāsma Kauniste Netherlands Stien Kaiser Netherlands Ans Schut
1970 West Allis Netherlands Atje Keulen-Deelstra Netherlands Stien Kaiser Norway Sigrid Sundby
1971 Helsinki Soviet Union Nina Statkevich Netherlands Stien Kaiser Soviet Union Lyudmila Titova
1972 Heerenveen Netherlands Atje Keulen-Deelstra Netherlands Stien Baas-Kaiser United States Dianne Holum
1973 Strömsund Netherlands Atje Keulen-Deelstra Soviet Union Tatyana Shelekova-Rastopshina Netherlands Trijnie Rep
1974 Heerenveen Netherlands Atje Keulen-Deelstra (4) Soviet Union Tatyana Averina Soviet Union Nina Statkevich
1975 Assen East Germany Karin Kessow Soviet Union Tatyana Averina United States Sheila Young
1976 Gjøvik Canada Sylvia Burka Soviet Union Tatyana Averina United States Sheila Young
1977 Keystone Soviet Union Vera Bryndzei Soviet Union Galina Stepanskaya Soviet Union Galina Nikitina
1978 Helsinki Soviet Union Tatyana Averina Soviet Union Galina Stepanskaya East Germany Marion Dittmann
1979 The Hague United States Beth Heiden Soviet Union Natalya Petrusyova Canada Sylvia Burka
1980 Hamar Soviet Union Natalya Petrusyova United States Beth Heiden Norway Bjørg Eva Jensen
1981 Sainte-Foy Soviet Union Natalya Petrusyova (2) East Germany Karin Enke United States Sarah Docter
1982 Inzell East Germany Karin Busch East Germany Andrea Schöne Soviet Union Natalya Petrusyova
1983 Karl-Marx-Stadt East Germany Andrea Schöne East Germany Karin Enke Soviet Union Valentina Lalenkova-Golovenkina
1984 Deventer East Germany Karin Enke East Germany Andrea Schöne East Germany Gabi Schönbrunn
1985 Sarajevo East Germany Andrea Schöne (2) East Germany Gabi Schönbrunn East Germany Sabine Brehm
1986 The Hague East Germany Karin Kania East Germany Andrea Ehrig East Germany Sabine Brehm
1987 West Allis East Germany Karin Kania East Germany Andrea Ehrig Netherlands Yvonne van Gennip
1988 Skien East Germany Karin Kania (5) Netherlands Yvonne van Gennip Poland Erwina Ryś-Ferens
1989 Lake Placid East Germany Constanze Moser-Scandolo East Germany Gunda Kleemann Netherlands Yvonne van Gennip
1990 Calgary East Germany Jacqueline Börner Japan Seiko Hashimoto East Germany Constanze Moser-Scandolo
1991 Hamar Germany Gunda Kleemann Germany Heike Warnicke-Schalling Netherlands Lia van Schie
1992 Heerenveen Germany Gunda Niemann Austria Emese Hunyady Japan Seiko Hashimoto
1993 Berlin Germany Gunda Niemann Austria Emese Hunyady Germany Heike Warnicke-Schalling
1994 Butte Austria Emese Hunyady Germany Ulrike Adeberg Romania Mihaela Dascalu
1995 Savalen Germany Gunda Niemann Kazakhstan Lyudmila Prokasheva Netherlands Annamarie Thomas
1996 Inzell Germany Gunda Niemann Germany Claudia Pechstein Japan Mie Uehara
1997 Nagano Germany Gunda Niemann Germany Claudia Pechstein Netherlands Tonny de Jong
1998 Heerenveen Germany Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann Germany Claudia Pechstein Germany Anni Friesinger
1999 Hamar Germany Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (8) Germany Claudia Pechstein Netherlands Tonny de Jong
2000 Milwaukee Germany Claudia Pechstein Germany Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann Japan Maki Tabata
2001 Budapest Germany Anni Friesinger Germany Claudia Pechstein Netherlands Renate Groenewold
2002 Heerenveen Germany Anni Friesinger Canada Cindy Klassen Germany Claudia Pechstein
2003 Gothenburg Canada Cindy Klassen Germany Claudia Pechstein Germany Daniela Anschütz
2004 Hamar Netherlands Renate Groenewold Germany Claudia Pechstein Netherlands Wieteke Cramer
2005 Moscow Germany Anni Friesinger (3) Canada Cindy Klassen Germany Claudia Pechstein
2006 Calgary Canada Cindy Klassen (2) Germany Claudia Pechstein Canada Kristina Groves
2007 Heerenveen Netherlands Ireen Wüst Germany Anni Friesinger Canada Cindy Klassen
2008 Berlin Netherlands Paulien van Deutekom Netherlands Ireen Wüst Canada Kristina Groves
2009 Hamar Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková Canada Kristina Groves Netherlands Ireen Wüst
2010 Heerenveen Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková Canada Kristina Groves Netherlands Ireen Wüst
2011 Calgary Netherlands Ireen Wüst Canada Christine Nesbitt Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková
2012 Moscow Netherlands Ireen Wüst Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková Canada Christine Nesbitt
2013 Hamar Netherlands Ireen Wüst Netherlands Diane Valkenburg Russia Yekaterina Shikhova
2014 Heerenveen Netherlands Ireen Wüst Russia Olga Graf Netherlands Yvonne Nauta
2015 Calgary Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková Netherlands Ireen Wüst Norway Ida Njåtun
2016 Berlin Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková (4) Netherlands Ireen Wüst Netherlands Antoinette de Jong
2017 Hamar Netherlands Ireen Wüst (6) Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková Japan Miho Takagi
2018

All-time medal count[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 24 25 20 69
2  Netherlands 14 10 17 41
3  Germany 12 12 5 29
4  East Germany 10 8 5 23
5  Norway 4 5 9 18
6  Czech Republic 4 2 1 7
7  Canada 3 5 5 13
8  Finland 3 4 2 9
9  Austria 2 2 0 4
10  United States 2 1 7 10
11  Japan 0 1 4 5
12  Russia 0 1 1 2
13  Kazakhstan 0 1 0 1
 North Korea 0 1 0 1
15  Poland 0 0 1 1
 Romania 0 0 1 1
Total 78 78 78 234

Multiple medalists[edit]

Rank Skater Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (Kleemann)  East Germany
 Germany
1989 2000 8 2 - 10
2 Ireen Wüst  Netherlands 2007 2017 6 3 2 11
3 Karin Kania (Enke, Busch)  East Germany 1981 1988 5 2 - 7
4 Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic 2009 2017 4 2 1 7
5 Inga Voronina (Artamonova)  Soviet Union 1957 1965 4 2 - 6
6 Atje Keulen-Deelstra  Netherlands 1970 1974 4 - - 4
7 Valentina Stenina  Soviet Union 1959 1966 3 2 1 6
8 Anni Friesinger  Germany 1998 2007 3 1 1 5
9 Maria Isakova  Soviet Union 1948 1950 3 - - 3
Laila Schou Nilsen  Norway 1935 1938 3 - - 3

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Laila Schou Nilsen won her first allround title in 1935 at the unofficial World Championships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Some Key Dates in ISU History". ISU.org. Retrieved 21 November 2012.