World Table Tennis Championships
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World Table Tennis Championships
World Table Tennis Championships
GenreGlobal sports event
Date(s)c. April-May
Inaugurated1926 (1926)
Organised byITTF

The World Table Tennis Championships have been held since 1926, biennially since 1957. Five individual events, which include men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's double and mixed doubles, are currently held in odd numbered years. The World Team Table Tennis Championships, which include men's team and women's team events, were first their own competition in 2000. The Team Championships are held in even numbered years.

In the earlier days of the tournament, Hungary's men's team was a dominant force, winning the championships 12 times. This was followed by a short period of dominance by Japan in the 1950s. From the 1960s onwards, China emerged as the new dominant power in this tournament and, with the exception of 1989-2000, when Sweden won four times, China continues to dominate the sport. China's men's team holds a record 20 world team championship titles.

In the 1950s, Japan's women team was a force to be reckoned with winning a total of 8 titles. The Chinese women started their strong grip on the world team championships from the 1970s onwards. They have only lost twice since 1975. China holds 21 women's team titles.


There are 7 different trophies presented to the winners of the various events, held by winning associations, and returned for the next world championships.[1]

  • Singles competition:
  • St. Bride Vase for Men's Singles, donated in 1929 by C.Corti Woodcock, member of the exclusive St. Bride Table Tennis Club in London, after Fred Perry of England won the title in Budapest
  • Geist Prize for Women's Singles, donated in 1931 by Dr. Gaspar Geist, President of the Hungarian Table Tennis Association
  • Doubles competition:
  • Iran Cup for Men's Doubles; first presented at the 1947 World Championships by the Shah of Iran
  • W.J. Pope Trophy for Women's Doubles; donated in 1948 by the ITTF Honorary General Secretary W.J. Pope
  • Heydusek Cup for Mixed Doubles; donated in 1948 by Zdenek Heydusek, Secretary of the Czechoslovakia Association.
  • Team competition:
    • Swaythling Cup for Men's Team, donated in 1926 by Lady Baroness Swaythling, mother of the first ITTF President, Ivor Montagu
    • Corbillon Cup for Women's Team, donated in 1933 by Marcel Corbillon, President of the French Table Tennis Association
      The German women's team won the Cup in 1939, and the original Cup disappeared during Berlin occupation after World War II; the current Corbillon Cup is a replica made in 1949.

In addition, the Egypt Cup is presented to the next host of world championships. The Cup was donated by King Farouk of Egypt in 1939, when the championships were held in Cairo, Egypt.


ITTF held individual events and team events for the first time in 1999 and 2000 respectively. And after in 2001 was the last time individual and team events were held. It has begun in 2003 the world championships split apart into individual events and team events.

Individual and Team Individual Team

Medal Table

  • As of 2018:
1 China (CHN)140102153395
2 Hungary (HUN)6858.575.5202
3 Japan (JPN)483472154
4 Czech Republic (CZE)2834.559121.5
5 Romania (ROM)16.5101945.5
6 England (ENG)1427.556.598
7 Sweden (SWE)131412.539.5
8 United States (USA)9.522031.5
9 Austria (AUT)615.535.557
10 Germany (GER)516.520.542
11 South Korea (KOR)5154262
12 North Korea (PRK)491326
13 Yugoslavia (YUG)31113.527.5
14 Russia (RUS)34714
15 France (FRA)231823
16 Chinese Taipei (TPE)125.58.5
17 Singapore (SIN)1214
18 Scotland (SCO)1124
19 Poland (POL)03.57.511
20 Hong Kong (HKG)0222.524.5
21 Belgium (BEL)0213
22 Wales (WAL)01.52.54
23 Belarus (BLR)01.51.53
24 Croatia (CRO)00.52.53
25 Luxembourg (LUX)00.500.5
26 Egypt (EGY)002.52.5
27 India (IND)0022
28 Greece (GRE)001.51.5
29 Denmark (DEN)0011
 Italy (ITA)0011
 Vietnam (VIE)0011
32 Netherlands (NED)000.50.5
 Spain (ESP)000.50.5
Totals (33 nations)3683736731414

Results of Individual Events

Results of Team Events

See also


  1. ^ "The World Championship Trophies- A Retrospective". ITTF. Retrieved .

External links

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