World championship

World championship

A world championship is generally a sports competition open to elite competitors from across the world, representing their nations, and winning such an event will be considered the highest or near highest achievement in the sport or contest.

The title is usually awarded through a combination of specific contests or, less commonly, ranking systems (e.g. the ICC Test Championship), or a combination of the two (e.g. World Triathlon Championships in Triathlon). This determines a 'world champion', who or which is commonly considered the best nation, team, individual (or other entity) in the world in a particular field, although the vagaries of sport ensure that the competitor recognised at the best in an event is not always the 'world champion' (see Underdog).

Certain sports do not have a world championship, instead they may organise a World cup competition, or they may organize both. Often, the use of the term cup or championship in this sense is just a choice of words. Some sports have multiple champions because of multiple organizations such as mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling.

Certain sports do not have a world championship or a world cup as such, but may have one or several world champions. Professional boxing, for example, has several world champions at different weights, but each one of them is decided by a "title fight", not a tournament.

A certain number of sports hold world championships or world cups which are overshadowed, in terms of prestige, by the same events in the Olympic Games, the most prestigious multi-sports event.

Finally, certain professional sports do not have a world championship or world cup, but rather hold a series of events recognised as the elite level in their field (e.g. tennis has a series of four Grand Slam events recognised as the pinnacle of the game, in addition to key team events, world tour finals and the Olympic Games, but no world championship or world cup).

Contents

  • Sports 1
  • Most successful sportsperson in each sport 2
  • Games 3
  • Performing 4
  • Eating 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Sports

Most successful sportsperson in each sport

This table includes medals for both individual and team events. Currently active competitors are highlighted in pale green. Italics indicates achieved more than one titles in a single year

Men
Category Sport Sportsperson Born Tot. Ref.
Bicycle racing Cycling (road) Fabian Cancellara[1] 1981 4 0 2 6
Óscar Freire 1976 3 0 1 4
Eddy Merckx 1945
Rik Van Steenbergen 1924-2003
Alfredo Binda 1902-1986
Cycling (track) Arnaud Tournant 1978 14 3 2 19
BMX racing Randy Stumpfhauser 1977 4 5 3 12
Mountain bike racing (XC) Julien Absalon 1980 4 1 1 6
Mountain bike racing (DH) Nicolas Vouilloz 1976 10 0 0 10
Combat sports Boxing Félix Savón 1967 6 1 0 7
Jiu-Jitsu Roger Gracie 1981 10 5 0 15
Judo Ryoko Tani 1989 7 0 1 8
Karate Luca Valdesi 1976 6 2 4 12
Sambo Fedor Emelianenko 1976 4 0 1 5
Taekwondo Steven López 1978 5 0 0 5
Wrestling Aleksandr Karelin[2] 1967 9 0 0 9
Target sports Archery Hans Deutgen 1917-1989 4 1 0 5
Darts Phil Taylor 1960 16 4 20
Shooting Konrad Stäheli 1866-1931 41 17 10 67 [3]
Cue sports Snooker Joe Davis 1901-1978 15 0 15
Billiards Mike Russell 1969 11 8 19
Racquet sports Badminton Park Joo-bong 1964 5 0 2 7
Table tennis Viktor Barna 1911-1972 22 7 12 41
Tennis[4] John McEnroe 1959 10 1 0 11
Tennis (team) Roy Emerson 1936 8 1 0 9
Roller sports Inline speed skating Chad Hedrick 1977 50 14 4 68 [5]
Roller artistic skating Roberto Riva 1986 10 1 0 11 [6]
Water sports Swimming Michael Phelps 1985 26 6 1 33
Diving Dmitri Sautin 1974 5 1 3 9
Canoe sprint Ivan Patzaichin 1974 9 4 9 22
Rowing Daniele Gilardoni 1976 11 1 1 13 [7]
Sailing Paul Elvstrøm 1928 11 2 2 15 [8]
Winter sports Alpine skiing Kjetil André Aamodt 1971 5 4 3 12
Biathlon Ole Einar Bjørndalen 1974 19 12 9 40
Bobsleigh Eugenio Monti 1928-2003 9 1 0 10 [9]
Skeleton Gregor Stähli 1968 4 3 3 10
Luge Armin Zöggeler 1974 6 5 5 16
Cross-country skiing Bjørn Dæhlie 1967 10 5 4 19
Ski jumping Janne Ahonen 1977 5 3 2 10
Nordic combined Bjarte Engen Vik 1971 5 3 0 8 [10]
Freestyle skiing Edgar Grospiron 1969 3 0 0 3
Snowboarding Jasey Jay Anderson 1968 4 0 0 4
Figure skating Ulrich Salchow 1877-1949 11 3 0 14
Speed skating Sven Kramer 1986 16 1 2 19 [11]
Short track speed skating Ahn Hyun-Soo 1985 20 11 4 35 [11][12]
Olympic sports Athletics Usain Bolt 1986 11 2 0 13
Artistic Gymnastics Vitaly Scherbo 1972 12 7 4 23
Fencing Aladár Gerevich 1910-1991 14 1 3 18
Triathlon Simon Lessing 1971 4 2 1 7
Weightlifting Vasily Alekseyev 1967 8 0 0 8
Paralympic sports Athletics Marcel Hug 1986 7 8 0 15
Team sports Baseball Pedro Luis Lazo 1973 7 2 0 3
Basketball Krešimir Ćosić 1948-1995 2 2 0 4
Beach volleyball Emanuel Rego 1973 2 1 0 3
Curling Randy Ferbey 1959 4 1 0 5
Field hockey Akhtar Rasool 1954 3 1 0 4 [13]
Football Pelé 1940 3 0 0 3
Football (club) Víctor Valdés 1982 2 1 0 3
Xavi 1980
Handball Didier Dinart 1977 3 0 2 5
Ice Hockey Vladislav Tretiak 1914-1992 10 1 2 13
Volleyball Marco Bracci
Andrea Gardini
Andrea Giani
Ferdinando De Giorgi
1966
1965
1970
1961
3 0 0 3
Waterpolo Salvador Gómez
Jesús Rollán
1968
1968-2006
2 2 0 4
Women
Category Sport Athlete Born Tot. Ref.
Bicycle racing Cycling (road) Jeannie Longo 1958 9 3 2 14
BMX racing Gabriela Diaz 1981 4 2 1 7
Mountain bike racing (XC) Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå 1980 4 2 0 6
Mountain bike racing (DH) Anne-Caroline Chausson 1976 9 0 0 9
Olympic sports Athletics Allyson Felix 1985 9 3 1 13
Tennis[14] Martina Navratilova 1956 19 6 25
Tennis (team) Chris Evert 1954 7 1 8
Paralympic sports Athletics Tatyana McFadden 1989 12 1 1 12
Team sports Beach volleyball Misty May-Treanor 1977 3 1 0 4
Kerri Walsh Jennings 1978
Football
Christie Rampone 1975 2 1 2 5
Kristine Lilly 1971 2 0 3 5
Brandi Chastain 1968 2 0 2 4
Joy Fawcett 1968
Julie Foudy 1971
Mia Hamm 1972
Michelle Akers 1966 2 0 1 3
Birgit Prinz 1977 2 0 0 2
Kerstin Stegemann 1977
Martina Müller 1980
Renate Lingor 1975
Water sports Swimming Missy Franklin 1995 11 2 3 16
Diving Guo Jingjing 1981 11 1 0 12
Winter sports Figure skating Sonja Henie 1912-1969 10 1 0 11
Open
Category Sport Athlete Born Tot. Ref.
Motor sports Formula One Michael Schumacher 1969 7 2 3 12
Grand Prix Motorcycle racing Giacomo Agostini 1942 15 5 1 21
Motorboat racing Guido Cappellini 1959 10 2 2 14 [15]
Motorboat racing (offshore) Steve Curtis 1964 8 5 4 17
Speedway Hans Nielsen 1959 22 11 8 41
Motocross Stefan Everts 1972 10 4 1 13 [16]
Rallying Sébastien Loeb 1974 9 1 0 10
Radio controlled racing Masami Hirosaka 1970 14 5 6 25 [17]
Sports car & GT racing Derek Bell 1941 2 1 1 4
Jacky Ickx 1945 2 1 1 4
Jean-Louis Schlesser 1948 2 1 0 3
Sidecar racing Steve Webster 1960 10 4 3 17
Trials riding Antoni Bou 1986 16 0 0 16
(Production) Superbike racing Carl Fogarty 1965 4 2 0 6
Touring car racing Yvan Muller 1969 4 2 1 7
Olympic sports Equestrian Reiner Klimke[18] 1936-1999 6 0 0 6 [19]
Mixed
Category Sport Athlete Born Tot. Ref.
Winter sports Figure skating Irina Rodnina 1949 10 0 0 10
Olympic sports Tennis Serena Williams 1981 2 1 0 3
Tommy Robredo 1982 2 1 0 3
James Blake 1979 2 0 0 2
Dominik Hrbatý 1978 2 0 0 2
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1971 2 0 0 2

Games

A fuller list can be found on the List of world championships in mind sports page.

Performing

Eating

See also

References

  1. ^ Time trial event.
  2. ^ Greco-Roman event.
  3. ^ "Multi-Medalists Top 15" (PDF). issf-sports.org. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  4. ^ The master, which qualifies the tennis world ranking, is considered the World Championship of individual tennis.
  5. ^ "In-line skating". archive.org. Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Figure Skating Senior World Championships - Roll of Honour" (PDF). rollersports.org. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Daniele Gilardon Biography". rowingone.com. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Paul Elvstrøm - Results". sailing.org. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Bobsleigh world championships multiple medallist
  10. ^ Nordic combined world championships multiple medallist
  11. ^ a b Are held three world championships.
  12. ^ "South Korean short track skater Ahn Hyun-Soo became the most successful skater in the short track at the World Championships" (PDF). Indiaenews.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  13. ^ "WORLD CUP DISTINCTIONS". phf.com.pk. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  14. ^ The master, which qualifies the tennis world ranking, is considered the World Championship of individual tennis.
  15. ^ "DAC Racing". class-1.com. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  16. ^ Stefan Everts
  17. ^ "Hirosaka, Masami | IFMAR". Rcranking.net. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  18. ^ Dressage event.
  19. ^ "Reiner Klimke - Results". the-sports.org. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 

External links

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