World Wrestling Championships

Last updated
World Wrestling Championships
Statusactive
Genresports event
Date(s)September–October
Frequencyannual
Location(s)various
Inaugurated1904 (1904)
Organised by United World Wrestling

The World Wrestling Championships are the Amateur Wrestling World Championships organized by the United World Wrestling.

Contents

The Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling tournament began in 1904, and the Men's Freestyle Wrestling tournament began in 1951. The Women's Freestyle championships were first staged in 1987.

Competitions

Men's freestyle

YearDatesCity and host countryTeam champion
1951 26–29 April Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki, Finland Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1954 22–25 May Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo, Japan Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1957 1–2 June Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1959 1–5 October State Flag of Iran (1925).svg Tehran, Iran Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1961 2–4 June Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yokohama, Japan State Flag of Iran (1925).svg  Iran
1962 21–23 June Flag of the United States.svg Toledo, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1963 31 May – 2 June Flag of Bulgaria (1948-1967).svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1965 1–3 June Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester, United Kingdom State Flag of Iran (1964).svg  Iran
1966 16–18 June Flag of the United States.svg Toledo, United States Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1967 12–14 November Flag of India.svg New Delhi, India Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1969 8–10 March Flag of Argentina.svg Mar del Plata, Argentina Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1970 9–11 July Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton, Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1971 27–30 August Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1973 6–9 September State Flag of Iran (1964).svg Tehran, Iran Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1974 29 August – 1 September Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1975 15–18 September Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Minsk, Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1977 21–23 October Flag of Switzerland.svg Lausanne, Switzerland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1978 24–27 August Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1979 25–28 August Flag of the United States.svg San Diego, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1981 11–14 September Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Skopje, Yugoslavia Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1982 11–14 August Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton, Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1983 26–29 September Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Kiev, Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1985 10–13 October Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1986 19–22 October Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1987 26–29 August Flag of France.svg Clermont-Ferrand, France Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1989 31 August – 3 September Flag of Switzerland.svg Martigny, Switzerland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1990 6–9 September Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo, Japan Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1991 3–6 October Flag of Bulgaria.svg Varna, Bulgaria Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1993 25–28 August Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Toronto, Canada Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1994 25–28 August Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1995 10–13 August Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta, United States Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1997 28–31 August Flag of Russia.svg Krasnoyarsk, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1998 8–11 September Flag of Iran.svg Tehran, Iran Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
1999 7–10 October Flag of Turkey.svg Ankara, Turkey Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2001 22–25 November Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2002 5–7 September Flag of Iran.svg Tehran, Iran Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
2003 12–14 September Flag of the United States.svg New York City, United States Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Georgia

Men's Greco-Roman

YearDatesCity and host countryTeam champion
1904 23–26 May Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Vienna, Austria
1905 8–10 May Flag of the German Empire.svg Berlin, Germany
1907 20 May Flag of the German Empire.svg Frankfurt, Germany
1908 8–9 December Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Vienna, Austria
1909 3 October Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Vienna, Austria
1910 6 June Flag of the German Empire.svg Düsseldorf, Germany
1911 25–28 March Flag of Russia.svg Helsinki, Finland
1913 27–28 July Flag of the German Empire.svg Breslau, Germany
1920 4–8 September Flag of Austria.svg Vienna, Austria
1921 5–8 November Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki, Finland
1922 8–11 March Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden
1950 20–23 March Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1953 17–19 April Flag of Italy.svg Naples, Italy Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
1955 21–25 April Flag of Germany.svg Karlsruhe, West Germany Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
1958 21–24 July Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1961 5–7 June Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yokohama, Japan Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1962 25–27 June Flag of the United States.svg Toledo, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1963 1–3 July Flag of Sweden.svg Helsingborg, Sweden Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1965 6–8 June Flag of Finland.svg Tampere, Finland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1966 20–22 June Flag of the United States.svg Toledo, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1967 1–3 September Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Bucharest, Romania Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1969 3–5 March Flag of Argentina.svg Mar del Plata, Argentina Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1970 4–6 July Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton, Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1971 2–5 September Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Bulgaria
1973 11–14 September State Flag of Iran (1964).svg Tehran, Iran Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1974 10–13 October Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Katowice, Poland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1975 11–14 September Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Minsk, Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1977 14–17 October Flag of Sweden.svg Gothenburg, Sweden Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1978 20–23 August Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1979 21–24 August Flag of the United States.svg San Diego, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1981 28–30 August Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1982 9–12 September Flag of Poland.svg Katowice, Poland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1983 22–25 September Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Kiev, Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1985 8–11 August Flag of Norway.svg Kolbotn, Norway Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1986 23–26 October Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1987 19–22 August Flag of France.svg Clermont-Ferrand, France Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1989 24–27 August Flag of Switzerland.svg Martigny, Switzerland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1990 19–21 November Flag of Italy.svg Rome, Italy Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1991 27–30 September Flag of Bulgaria.svg Varna, Bulgaria Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1993 16–19 September Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Russia
1994 8–11 September Flag of Finland.svg Tampere, Finland Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1995 12–15 October Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague, Czech Republic Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1997 10–13 September Flag of Poland.svg Wrocław, Poland Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1998 27–30 August Flag of Sweden.svg Gävle, Sweden Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1999 23–26 September Flag of Greece.svg Athens, Greece Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2001 6–9 December Flag of Greece.svg Patras, Greece Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
2002 20–22 September Flag of Russia.svg Moscow, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2003 2–5 October Flag of France.svg Créteil, France Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Georgia

Women's freestyle

YearDatesCity and host countryTeam champion
1987 24–25 October Flag of Norway.svg Lørenskog, Norway Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
1989 24–25 August Flag of Switzerland.svg Martigny, Switzerland Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1990 29 June – 1 July Flag of Sweden.svg Luleå, Sweden Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1991 24–25 August Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo, Japan Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1992 4–5 September Flag of France.svg Villeurbanne, France Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1993 7–8 August Flag of Norway.svg Stavern, Norway Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1994 6–7 August Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1995 9–10 September Flag of Russia.svg Moscow, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1996 29–31 August Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1997 10–12 July Flag of France.svg Clermont-Ferrand, France Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1998 8–10 October Flag of Poland.svg Poznań, Poland Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1999 10–12 September Flag of Sweden.svg Boden, Sweden Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2000 1–3 September Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2001 22–25 November Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2002 2–3 November Flag of Greece.svg Chalcis, Greece Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2003 12–14 September Flag of the United States.svg New York City, United States Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Combined

YearDatesCity and host countryTeam champion
Men's freestyleMen's Greco-RomanWomen's freestyle
2005 26 September – 2 October Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2006 25 September – 1 October Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou, China Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2007 17–23 September Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Baku, Azerbaijan Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2008 11–13 October Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo, Japan Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2009 21–27 September Flag of Denmark.svg Herning, Denmark Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan
2010 6–12 September Flag of Russia.svg Moscow, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2011 12–18 September Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2012 27–29 September Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Strathcona County, Canada Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2013 16–22 September Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2014 8–14 September Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Tashkent, Uzbekistan Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2015 7–15 September Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, United States Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2016 10–11 December Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary
2017 21–26 August Flag of France.svg Paris, France Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2018 20–28 October Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2019 14–22 September Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2020 12–20 December Flag of Serbia.svg Belgrade, Serbia
2021 2–10 October Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway
2022 10–18 September Flag of Russia.svg Krasnoyarsk, Russia

All-time medal table

Updated after the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2539369415
2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1176775259
3Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1116896275
4Flag of the United States.svg  United States 709195256
5Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 6293100255
6Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 595569183
7Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 546072186
8Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 315050131
9Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 314047118
10Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 302848106
11Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 27203380
12Flag of France.svg  France 26222270
13Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 22274392
14Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 22262573
15Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 19194987
16Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 15323582
17Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 15273072
18Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 15133058
19Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 14383385
20Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 14232562
21Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 14182961
22Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 12162654
23Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 1291435
24Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 119828
25Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 1051025
26Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 9131941
27Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 8232354
28Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 7213563
29Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 6162648
30Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 6101935
31Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 5191741
32Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 5173052
33Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 571022
34Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 381223
35Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 361120
36Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 34512
37Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 3249
38Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 2248
39Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 2169
40Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 1618
41Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 15612
42Flag of India.svg  India 141318
43Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 131115
44Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 12710
45Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 1146
46Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1012
47Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 0235
48Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 0145
49Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 0134
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0134
51Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 0123
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 0123
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 0123
54Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 0112
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 0112
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 0112
57Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 0101
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0101
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 0101
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 0101
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 0101
62Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 0033
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0033
64Flag of Bohemia.svg  Bohemia 0022
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 0022
66Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 0011
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 0011
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 0011
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 0011
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 0011
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 0011
Totals (71 nations)1140113514353710

Team titles

CountryFSGRFWTotal
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2226048
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1314229
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 002323
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 5207
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 5106
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3115
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 0022
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 1102
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 0011
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 0101
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 0101
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 0101
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0011
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0101

Multiple gold medalists

The tables shows those who have won at least 5 gold medals at the World Championships. Boldface denotes active wrestlers and highest medal count among all wrestlers (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Men's freestyle

RankWrestlerCountryWeightsFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Valentin Yordanov Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 52 kg1983199572110
2 Aleksandr Medved Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union +87 kg / 97 kg /
+97 kg / +100 kg
196119717119
3 Sergey Beloglazov Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 57 kg / 62 kg19791987617
Arsen Fadzaev Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 68 kg / 74 kg19831991617
5 Buvaisar Saitiev Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 74 kg / 76 kg1995200566
6 Makharbek Khadartsev Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
90 kg198619955218
7 Khadzhimurat Gatsalov Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 96 kg / 120 kg / 125 kg200520145117
8 Ali Aliyev Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 52 kg / 57 kg19591967516
9 Leri Khabelov Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
100 kg / 130 kg19851995516
10 Abdollah Movahed Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 70 kg / 68 kg1965197055

Men's Greco-Roman

RankWrestlerCountryWeightsFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Aleksandr Karelin Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
130 kg1989199999
2 Hamid Sourian Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 55 kg / 59 kg2005201466
3 Mijaín López Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 120 kg / 130 kg20052015538
4 Gogi Koguashvili Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 90 kg / 97 kg19931999516
5 Nikolay Balboshin Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 100 kg1973197955
Viktor Igumenov Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 78 kg / 74 kg1966197155
Valery Rezantsev Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 90 kg1970197555
Aleksandar Tomov Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria +100 kg1971197955

Women's freestyle

RankWrestlerCountryWeightsFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Saori Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 55 kg / 53 kg200220151313
2 Kaori Icho Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 63 kg / 58 kg200220151010
3 Hitomi Obara (Sakamoto) Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 51 kg / 48 kg2000201188
4 Christine Nordhagen Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 70 kg / 68 kg / 75 kg199320016118
5 Yayoi Urano Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 75 kg / 70 kg / 65 kg19901996617
6 Kyoko Hamaguchi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 75 kg / 72 kg1997201052310
7 Zhong Xiue Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 44 kg / 47 kg / 46 kg19911999527
8 Shoko Yoshimura Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 44 kg198719965139
9 Adeline Gray Flag of the United States.svg  United States 67 kg / 72 kg / 75 kg / 76 kg20112019527
10 Liu Dongfeng Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 75 kg19911997516
Stanka Zlateva Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 72 kg20062011516
12 Nikola Hartmann Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 61 kg / 62 kg1993200055

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