Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

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The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships[1][2] 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).[3] 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.[4]

Editions[edit]

Year Games Host City Country Events First in the Medal Table Second in the Medal Table Third in the Medal Table Comments
1963 1 Budapest  Hungary 3  Soviet Union  Bulgaria N/A (individuals only)
1965 2 Prague  Czechoslovakia 3  Czechoslovakia  Soviet Union N/A (individuals only)
1967 3 Copenhagen  Denmark 5  Soviet Union  Czechoslovakia  Bulgaria
1969 4 Varna  Bulgaria 6  Bulgaria  Soviet Union  Czechoslovakia
1971 5 Havana  Cuba 6  Bulgaria  Soviet Union  North Korea
1973 6 Rotterdam  Netherlands 6  Soviet Union  Bulgaria  Czechoslovakia
1975 7 Madrid  Spain 6  West Germany  Japan  Italy
1977 8 Basel   Switzerland 6  Soviet Union  Bulgaria
 Czechoslovakia
N/A
1979 9 London  Great Britain 6  Soviet Union  Bulgaria  Czechoslovakia
1981 10 Munich  West Germany 6  Bulgaria  Soviet Union  Czechoslovakia
1983 11 Strasbourg  France 6  Bulgaria  Soviet Union  North Korea
1985 12 Valladolid  Spain 6  Bulgaria  Soviet Union  North Korea
1987 13 Varna  Bulgaria 8  Bulgaria  Soviet Union  China
1989 14 Sarajevo  Yugoslavia 9  Soviet Union  Bulgaria  Spain
1991 15 Athens  Greece 9  Soviet Union  Spain  Bulgaria
1992 16 Brussels  Belgium 8  Russia  Belarus  Bulgaria
1993 17 Alicante  Spain 7  Bulgaria  Ukraine  Spain (individuals only)
1994 18 Paris  France 8  Ukraine  Bulgaria  Russia
1995 19 Vienna  Austria 9  Bulgaria  Russia  Ukraine
1996 20 Budapest  Hungary 7  Ukraine  Belarus  Russia
1997 21 Berlin  Germany 6  Ukraine  Russia  Belarus (individuals only)
1998 22 Sevilla  Spain 3  Belarus  Spain  Russia (groups only)
1999 23 Osaka  Japan 9  Russia  Greece  Ukraine
2001 24 Madrid  Spain 6  Ukraine  Bulgaria  Belarus (individuals only)
2002 25 New Orleans  United States 3  Russia  Greece  Ukraine (groups only)
2003 26 Budapest  Hungary 9  Russia  Ukraine  Bulgaria
2005 27 Baku  Azerbaijan 9  Russia  Italy  Bulgaria
2007 28 Patras  Greece 9  Russia  Ukraine  Italy
2009 29 Mie  Japan 9  Russia  Italy  Belarus
2010 30 Moscow  Russia 9  Russia  Italy  Belarus
2011 31 Montpellier  France 9  Russia  Italy  Bulgaria
2013 32 Kiev  Ukraine 8  Russia  Ukraine  Belarus
2014 33 İzmir  Turkey 9  Russia  Bulgaria  Spain
2015 34 Stuttgart  Germany 9  Russia  Italy  Belarus
2017 35 Pesaro  Italy 8  Russia  Italy  Japan
2018 36 Sofia  Bulgaria 9  Russia  Italy  Bulgaria
2019 37 Baku  Azerbaijan Future event

Medalists[edit]

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

Individual All-Around[edit]

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

Group All-Around[edit]

Group All-Around Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1967 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Soviet Union Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Bulgaria Bulgaria
1969 Bulgaria Varna, Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria Soviet Union Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
1971 Cuba Havana, Cuba Bulgaria Bulgaria Soviet Union Soviet Union Italy Italy
1973 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands Soviet Union Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia East Germany East Germany
1975 Spain Madrid, Spain Italy Italy Japan Japan Spain Spain
1977 Switzerland Basel, Switzerland Soviet Union Soviet Union Bulgaria Bulgaria Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
1979 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom Soviet Union Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Bulgaria Bulgaria
1981 West Germany Munich, West Germany Bulgaria Bulgaria Soviet Union Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
1983 France Strasbourg, France Bulgaria Bulgaria Soviet Union Soviet Union North Korea North Korea
1985 Spain Valladolid, Spain Bulgaria Bulgaria North Korea North Korea
Soviet Union Soviet Union
N/A
1987 Bulgaria Varna, Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria Soviet Union Soviet Union China China
Spain Spain
1989 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Bulgaria Bulgaria Soviet Union Soviet Union Spain Spain
1991 Greece Athens, Greece Spain Spain Soviet Union Soviet Union North Korea North Korea
1992 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Russia Russia Spain Spain North Korea North Korea
1994 France Paris, France Russia Russia Spain Spain Bulgaria Bulgaria
1995 Austria Vienna, Austria Bulgaria Bulgaria Spain Spain Belarus Belarus
1996 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Bulgaria Bulgaria Spain Spain Belarus Belarus
1998 Spain Seville, Spain Belarus Belarus Spain Spain Russia Russia
1999 Japan Osaka, Japan Russia Russia Greece Greece Belarus Belarus
2002 United States New Orleans, United States Russia Russia Belarus Belarus Greece Greece
2003 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Russia Russia Bulgaria Bulgaria Belarus Belarus
2005 Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan Russia Russia Italy Italy Belarus Belarus
2007 Greece Patras, Greece Russia Russia Italy Italy Belarus Belarus
2009 Japan Mie, Japan Italy Italy Belarus Belarus Russia Russia
2010 Russia Moscow, Russia Italy Italy Belarus Belarus Russia Russia
2011 France Montpellier, France Italy Italy Russia Russia Bulgaria Bulgaria
2013 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Belarus Belarus Italy Italy Russia Russia
2014 Turkey Izmir, Turkey Bulgaria Bulgaria Italy Italy Belarus Belarus
2015 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Russia Russia Bulgaria Bulgaria Spain Spain
2017 Italy Pesaro, Italy Russia Russia Bulgaria Bulgaria Japan Japan
2018 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Russia Russia Italy Italy Bulgaria Bulgaria
2019 Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan

All-time medal table[edit]

1963-2018

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia1055532192
2 Bulgaria675551173
3 Soviet Union504327120
4 Ukraine25283790
5 Belarus9263671
6 Italy917834
7 Spain7111836
8 West Germany55010
9 Czechoslovakia45817
10 Greece3126
11 Japan1348
12 North Korea1247
13 Israel0358
14 Azerbaijan0178
15 East Germany0134
16 China0123
17 France0022
18 Hungary0011
 Romania0011
 South Korea0011
Totals (20 nations)286257249792

Multiple gold medalists[edit]

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[edit]

Rank Rhythmic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Yevgeniya Kanayeva  Russia 2007 2011 17 1 - 18
2 Yana Kudryavtseva  Russia 2013 2015 13 3 - 16
3 Olexandra Timoshenko  Soviet Union 1989 1991 10 2 - 12
4 Olga Kapranova  Russia 2003 2009 10 1 1 12
5 Maria Petrova  Bulgaria 1991 1996 9 9 4 22
6 Olena Vitrychenko  Ukraine 1992 1999 9 7 7 23
7 Galima Shugurova  Soviet Union 1969 1977 9 4 1 14
8 Alina Kabaeva  Russia 1999 2007 9 3 2 14
9 Maria Gigova  Bulgaria 1967 1973 9 2 2 13
10 Bianka Panova  Bulgaria 1985 1989 9 2 1 12

Individual events[edit]

Rank Rhythmic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Yevgeniya Kanayeva  Russia 2009 2011 13 1 - 14
2 Yana Kudryavtseva  Russia 2013 2015 11 3 - 14
3 Olena Vitrychenko  Ukraine 1993 1999 9 5 4 18
4 Galima Shugurova  Soviet Union 1969 1977 9 4 1 14
5 Maria Gigova  Bulgaria 1967 1973 9 2 2 13
6 Maria Petrova  Bulgaria 1992 1996 8 7 4 19
7 Kateryna Serebrianska  Ukraine 1993 1996 8 4 3 15
8 Bianka Panova  Bulgaria 1985 1989 8 2 1 11
9 Olexandra Timoshenko  Soviet Union 1989 1991 8 2 - 10
10 Dina Averina  Russia 2017 2018 7 2 - 9

Records[edit]

Category All events Individual events
Most medals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships PESARO (ITA)". www.fig-gymnastics.com. Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  2. ^ "36th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships SOFIA (BUL): September 10 - 16, 2018". live.fig-gymnastics.com. Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  3. ^ "Technical Regulations 2017" (PDF). International Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  4. ^ "MenuHistoricalMedallists". 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved 2017-05-09.