World Wrestling Championships

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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.

United World Wrestling international sport governing body

United World Wrestling (UWW) is the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling; its duties include overseeing wrestling at the Olympics. It presides over international competitions for various forms of wrestling, including Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling for men and women, as well as others. The flagship event of UWW is the Wrestling World Championships. It was formerly known as the FILA, having assumed its current name in September 2014.

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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 April 26–29 Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki, Finland Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1954 May 22–25 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo, Japan Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1957 June 1–2 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1959 October 1–5 State Flag of Iran (1925).svg Tehran, Iran Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1961 June 2–4 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yokohama, Japan State Flag of Iran (1925).svg  Iran
1962 June 21–23 Flag of the United States.svg Toledo, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1963 May 31 – June 2 Flag of Bulgaria (1948-1967).svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1965 June 1–3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester, United Kingdom State Flag of Iran (1964).svg  Iran
1966 June 16–18 Flag of the United States.svg Toledo, United States Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1967 November 12–14 Flag of India.svg New Delhi, India Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1969 March 8–10 Flag of Argentina.svg Mar del Plata, Argentina Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1970 July 9–11 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton, Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1971 August 27–30 Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1973 September 6–9 State Flag of Iran (1964).svg Tehran, Iran Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1974 August 29 – September 1 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1975 September 15–18 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Minsk, Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1977 October 21–23 Flag of Switzerland.svg Lausanne, Switzerland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1978 August 24–27 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1979 August 25–28 Flag of the United States.svg San Diego, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1981 September 11–14 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Skopje, Yugoslavia Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1982 August 11–14 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton, Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1983 September 26–29 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Kiev, Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1985 October 10–13 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1986 October 19–22 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1987 August 26–29 Flag of France.svg Clermont-Ferrand, France Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1989 August 31 – September 3 Flag of Switzerland.svg Martigny, Switzerland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1990 September 6–9 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo, Japan Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1991 October 3–6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Varna, Bulgaria Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1993 August 25–28 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Toronto, Canada Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1994 August 25–28 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
1995 August 10–13 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta, United States Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1997 August 28–31 Flag of Russia.svg Krasnoyarsk, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1998 September 8–11 Flag of Iran.svg Tehran, Iran Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
1999 October 7–10 Flag of Turkey.svg Ankara, Turkey Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2001 November 22–25 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2002 September 7–9 Flag of Iran.svg Tehran, Iran Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
2003 September 12–14 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 May 23–26 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Vienna, Austria
1905 May 8–10 Flag of the German Empire.svg Berlin, Germany
1907 May 20 Flag of the German Empire.svg Frankfurt, Germany
1908 December 8–9 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Vienna, Austria
1909 October 3 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Vienna, Austria
1910 June 6 Flag of the German Empire.svg Düsseldorf, Germany
1911 March 25–28 Flag of Russia.svg Helsinki, Finland
1913 July 27–28 Flag of the German Empire.svg Breslau, Germany
1920 September 4–8 Flag of Austria.svg Vienna, Austria
1921 November 5–8 Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki, Finland
1922 March 8–11 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden
1950 March 20–23 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1953 April 17–19 Flag of Italy.svg Naples, Italy Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
1955 April 21–25 Flag of Germany.svg Karlsruhe, West Germany Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
1958 July 21–24 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1961 June 5–7 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yokohama, Japan Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1962 June 25–27 Flag of the United States.svg Toledo, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1963 July 1–3 Flag of Sweden.svg Helsingborg, Sweden Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1965 June 6–8 Flag of Finland.svg Tampere, Finland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1966 June 20–22 Flag of the United States.svg Toledo, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1967 September 1–3 Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Bucharest, Romania Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1969 March 3–5 Flag of Argentina.svg Mar del Plata, Argentina Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1970 July 4–6 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton, Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1971 September 2–5 Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg  Bulgaria
1973 September 11–14 State Flag of Iran (1964).svg Tehran, Iran Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1974 October 10–13 Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Katowice, Poland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1975 September 11–14 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Minsk, Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1977 October 14–17 Flag of Sweden.svg Gothenburg, Sweden Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1978 August 20–23 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1979 August 21–24 Flag of the United States.svg San Diego, United States Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1981 August 28–30 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1982 September 9–12 Flag of Poland.svg Katowice, Poland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1983 September 22–25 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Kiev, Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1985 August 8–11 Flag of Norway.svg Kolbotn, Norway Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1986 October 23–26 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1987 August 19–22 Flag of France.svg Clermont-Ferrand, France Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1989 August 24–27 Flag of Switzerland.svg Martigny, Switzerland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1990 November 19–21 Flag of Italy.svg Ostia, Italy Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1991 September 27–30 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Varna, Bulgaria Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1993 September 16–19 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Russia
1994 September 8–11 Flag of Finland.svg Tampere, Finland Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1995 October 12–15 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague, Czech Republic Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1997 September 10–13 Flag of Poland.svg Wrocław, Poland Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1998 August 27–30 Flag of Sweden.svg Gävle, Sweden Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1999 September 23–26 Flag of Greece.svg Athens, Greece Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2001 December 6–9 Flag of Greece.svg Patras, Greece Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
2002 September 20–22 Flag of Russia.svg Moscow, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2003 October 2–5 Flag of France.svg Créteil, France Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Georgia

Women's freestyle

YearDatesCity and host countryTeam champion
1987 October 24–25 Flag of Norway.svg Lørenskog, Norway Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
1989 August 24–25 Flag of Switzerland.svg Martigny, Switzerland Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1990 June 29 – July 1 Flag of Sweden.svg Luleå, Sweden Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1991 August 24–25 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo, Japan Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1992 September 4–5 Flag of France.svg Villeurbanne, France Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1993 August 7–8 Flag of Norway.svg Stavern, Norway Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1994 August 6–7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1995 September 9–11 Flag of Russia.svg Moscow, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1996 August 29–31 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1997 July 10–12 Flag of France.svg Clermont-Ferrand, France Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
1998 October 8–10 Flag of Poland.svg Poznań, Poland Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1999 September 10–12 Flag of Sweden.svg Boden, Sweden Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2000 September 1–3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2001 November 22–25 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2002 November 2–3 Flag of Greece.svg Chalcis, Greece Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2003 September 12–14 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 September 26 – October 2 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2006 September 25 – October 1 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 September 17–23 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 October 11–13 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo, Japan Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2009 September 21–27 Flag of Denmark.svg Herning, Denmark Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan
2010 September 6–12 Flag of Russia.svg Moscow, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2011 September 12–18 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2012 September 27–29 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Strathcona County, Canada Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2013 September 16–22 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2014 September 8–14 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Tashkent, Uzbekistan Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2015 September 7–15 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 December 10–11 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary
2017 August 21–26 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 October 20–28 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2019 September 14–22 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2021 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway
2022

All-time medal table

Updated after Day 7 of the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.

The 2019 World Wrestling Championships are currently held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from 14 September to 22 September, 2019.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2539369415
2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1176775259
3Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1086793268
4Flag of the United States.svg  United States 689193252
5Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 6293100255
6Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 585467179
7Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 545972185
8Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 324047119
9Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 315050131
10Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 302848106
11Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 27203279
12Flag of France.svg  France 26222270
13Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 22274392
14Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 22262573
15Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 19194886
16Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 15323582
17Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 15253070
18Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 14383284
19Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 14232562
20Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 14182961
21Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 13132955
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 5162950
33Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 471021
34Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 371222
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 131216
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
53Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 0112
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 0112
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 0112
56Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 0101
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0101
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 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
63Flag of Bohemia.svg  Bohemia 0022
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 0022
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 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)1132112714193678

Team titles

CountryFSGRFWTotal
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2226048
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1214228
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 Fadzayev 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 State Flag of Iran (1964).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 (1971-1990).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 Kyōko 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

See also

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