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IHF World Women's Handball Championship

IHF World Women's Handball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 World Women's Handball Championship
SportHandball
Founded1957
No. of teams24
ContinentInternational (IHF)
Most recent
champion(s)
 France (2nd title)
Most titles Russia (4 titles)

The IHF World Women's Handball Championship has been organized by the International Handball Federation since 1957.

World Championships

Only 9 teams participated in the first championship, this number grew to the present 24 which was introduced in 1997. In 1977 a B tournament was introduced and later in 1986 a C-tournament which served as qualification for the real championship or A-tournament. The B and C tournament qualifications were replaced by the present qualification system in 1993.[1] From 1993 it has been held every other year, between 1978 and 1990 it was held every fourth alternating with the Olympic tournament (introduced for women handball in 1976), and before that it was held more irregularly.[citation needed] The first five tournaments were held in the summer or early fall whereas the rest has been held in November or December.[1]

Year Host Final 3rd place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1957
Details
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia

Czechoslovakia
7–1
Hungary

Yugoslavia
9–6
West Germany
9
1962
Details
Romania
Romania

Romania
8–5
Denmark

Czechoslovakia
6–5
Yugoslavia
9
1965
Details
West Germany
West Germany

Hungary
5–3
Yugoslavia

West Germany
11–10
Czechoslovakia
8
1968
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
The tournament was cancelled due to the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia
1971
Details
Netherlands
Netherlands

East Germany
11–8
Yugoslavia

Hungary
12–11 (2ET)
Romania
9
1973
Details
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia
16–11
Romania

Soviet Union
20–12
Hungary
12
1975
Details
Soviet Union
Soviet Union

East Germany
Round-robin
Soviet Union

Hungary
Round-robin
Romania
12
1978
Details
Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia

East Germany
Round-robin
Soviet Union

Hungary
Round-robin
Czechoslovakia
12
1982
Details
Hungary
Hungary

Soviet Union
Round-robin
Hungary

Yugoslavia
Round-robin
East Germany
12
1986
Details
Netherlands
Netherlands

Soviet Union
30–22
Czechoslovakia

Norway
23–19
East Germany
16
1990
Details
South Korea
South Korea

Soviet Union
24–22
Yugoslavia

East Germany
25–19
West Germany
16
1993
Details
Norway
Norway

Germany
22–21 (ET)
Denmark

Norway
20–19
Romania
16
1995
Details
Austria Hungary
Austria / Hungary

South Korea
25–20
Hungary

Denmark
25–24
Norway
20
1997
Details
Germany
Germany

Denmark
33–20
Norway

Germany
27–25
Russia
24
1999
Details
Norway Denmark
Norway / Denmark

Norway
25–24 (2ET)
France

Austria
31–28 (ET)
Romania
24
2001
Details
Italy
Italy

Russia
30–25
Norway

Yugoslavia
42–40 (ET)
Denmark
24
2003
Details
Croatia
Croatia

France
32–29 (ET)
Hungary

South Korea
31–29
Ukraine
24
2005
Details
Russia
Russia

Russia
28–23
Romania

Hungary
27–24
Denmark
24
2007
Details
France
France

Russia
29–24
Norway

Germany
36–35 (ET)
Romania
24
2009
Details
China
China

Russia
25–22
France

Norway
31–26
Spain
24
2011
Details
Brazil
Brazil

Norway
32–24
France

Spain
24–18
Denmark
24
2013
Details
Serbia
Serbia

Brazil
22–20
Serbia

Denmark
30–26
Poland
24
2015
Details
Denmark
Denmark

Norway
31–23
Netherlands

Romania
31–22
Poland
24
2017
Details
Germany
Germany

France
23–21
Norway

Netherlands
24–21
Sweden
24
2019
Details
Japan
Japan
24
2021
Details
Spain
Spain
32
2023
Details
Denmark Norway Sweden
Denmark / Norway / Sweden

Medal count

IHF only includes medals won at the indoor championships.[2]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia4004
2 Norway34310
3 Soviet Union3216
4 East Germany3014
5 France2305
6 Hungary1449
7 Yugoslavia1326
8 Denmark1225
9 Romania1214
10 Czechoslovakia1113
11 Germany1023
12 South Korea1012
13 Brazil1001
14 Netherlands0112
15 Serbia0101
16 Austria0011
 Spain0011
 West Germany0011
 Yugoslavia0011
Totals (19 nations)23232369

Most successful players

Boldface denotes active handball players and highest medal count among all players (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Multiple gold medalists

The table shows those who have won at least 3 gold medals at the World Championships.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Maryna Bazanova  Soviet Union 1982 1990 3 3
Hannelore Burosch  East Germany 1971 1978 3 3
Maria Constantinescu  Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Victorița Dumitrescu  Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Anna Kareyeva  Russia 2001 2007 3 3
Irina Klimovschi  Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Waltraud Kretzschmar  East Germany 1971 1978 3 3
Nadezhda Muravyova  Russia 2001 2009 3 3
Irina Poltoratskaya  Russia 2001 2007 3 3
Lyudmila Postnova  Russia 2005 2009 3 3
Oksana Romenskaya  Russia 2001 2007 3 3
Ana Starck-Stănișel  Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Iozefina Ștefănescu  Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Inna Suslina  Russia 2001 2009 3 3
Aurelia Szőke-Tudor  Romania 1956 1962 ** 3 ** ** 3 **
Emiliya Turey  Russia 2005 2009 3 3
Petra Uhlig (Kahnt)  East Germany 1971 1978 3 3
Hannelore Zober  East Germany 1971 1978 3 3

** including two medals won at the 1956 and 1960 World Outdoor Field Handball Championships

Multiple medalists

The table shows those who have won at least 4 medals in total at the World Championships.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Kari Aalvik Grimsbø  Norway 2007 2017 2 2 1 5
Zinaida Turchyna  Soviet Union 1973 1986 2 2 1 5
3 Camilla Herrem  Norway 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
Heidi Løke  Norway 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
5 Katrine Lunde (Haraldsen)  Norway 2007 2017 1 2 1 4
6 Amália Sterbinszky  Hungary 1971 1982 1 3 4

Participation history

Source: IHF official site.[2]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th – Fifth place
  • 6th – Sixth place
  • 7th – Seventh place
  • 8th – Eighth place
  • 9th – Ninth place
  • 10th – Tenth place
  • 11th – Eleventh place
  • 12th – Twelfth place
  • MR – Main round
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the World Championship / Banned
  •    — Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1957
(9)
Romania
1962
(9)
West Germany
1965
(8)
Netherlands
1971
(9)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1973
(12)
Soviet Union
1975
(12)
Czechoslovakia
1978
(12)
Hungary
1982
(12)
Netherlands
1986
(16)
South Korea
1990
(16)
Norway
1993
(16)
Austria
Hungary
1995
(20)
Germany
1997
(24)
Denmark
Norway
1999
(24)
Italy
2001
(24)
Croatia
2003
(24)
Russia
2005
(24)
France
2007
(24)
China
2009
(24)
Brazil
2011
(24)
Serbia
2013
(24)
Denmark
2015
(24)
Germany
2017
(24)
Japan
2019
(24)
Spain
2021
(32)
Denmark
Norway
Sweden
2023
(32)

2025
(32)

2027
(32)
Total
 Algeria France France × × × 10th 19th 22nd 3
 Angola Part of  Portugal 16th 16th 13th 15th 15th 13th 17th 16th 7th 11th 8th 16th 16th 19th Q 15
 Argentina × × × × × 24th 22nd 20th 20th 19th 23rd 19th 18th 23rd Q 10
 Australia × × × × × 23rd 23rd 24th 24th 24th 24th 24th Q 8
 Austria 6th × × × 12th 5th 8th 8th 11th 3rd 7th 11th 13th 16th 10th 12
 Belarus Part of  Soviet Union 16th 14th 2
 Brazil × × × × × 17th 23rd 16th 12th 20th 7th 14th 15th 5th 1st 10th 18th Q 13
 Bulgaria × × × 10th 12th 2
 Cameroon FRA × × × × 22nd 20th 2
 Canada × × × × × 10th 15th 17th 20th 4
 Chile × × × × × 23rd 1
 China × × × × × 9th 8th 14th 13th 22nd 18th 11th 19th 17th 21st 12th 21st 18th 17th 22nd Q 15
 Congo FRA × × × × 12th 22nd 22nd 17th 20th 5
 Croatia Part of  Yugoslavia 10th 6th 14th 11th 9th 7th 6
 Cuba × × × × × 21st 22nd 23rd Q 4
 Czech Republic See  Czechoslovakia 13th 13th 19th 15th 15th 8th 6
 DR Congo BEL × × × × 20th 24th Q 3
 Denmark 5th 2nd 5th 6th 7th 9th 10th 2nd 3rd 1st 6th 4th 13th 4th 5th 4th 3rd 6th 6th Q Q 21
 Dominican Republic × × × × × 22nd 23rd 2
 France × × × × × 15th 14th 10th 2nd 5th 1st 12th 5th 2nd 2nd 6th 7th 1st Q Q Q 16
 Germany
(including West Germany)
4th 8th 3rd 5th 11th 8th 9th 7th 4th 1st 5th 3rd 7th 12th 6th 3rd 7th 17th 7th 13th 12th Q 22
 Greenland × × × × × 24th 1
 Hungary 2nd 5th 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 8th 7th 2nd 9th 5th 6th 2nd 3rd 8th 9th 8th 11th 15th Q 22
 Iceland × × × 12th 1
 Italy × × × × × 16th 1
 Ivory Coast × × × × × 17th 14th 20th 21st 21st 18th 16th 7
 Japan × 9th 7th 9th 10th 10th 14th 13th 17th 17th 20th 16th 18th 19th 16th 14th 14th 19th 16th Q 19
 Kazakhstan Part of  Soviet Union 18th 22nd 19th 22bd Q 5
 Lithuania Part of  Soviet Union 13th 1
 Macedonia Part of  Yugoslavia 7th 8th 21st 15th 12th 5
 Montenegro Part of  Yugoslavia Part of  Serbia and Montenegro 10th 11th 8th 6th Q 5
 Netherlands × × 8th 12th 9th 10th 10th 14th 5th 15th 13th 2nd 3rd Q 12
 Norway × × 7th 8th 8th 7th 3rd 6th 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 6th 9th 2nd 3rd 1st 5th 1st 2nd Q Q 21
 Paraguay × × × × × 23rd 21st 21st 3
 Poland 7th 7th 8th 5th 7th 6th 13th 9th 10th 8th 11th 19th 11th 4th 4th 17th 16
 Puerto Rico × × × × × 20th 1
 Romania 9th 1st 6th 4th 2nd 4th 7th 8th 5th 7th 4th 7th 12th 4th 17th 10th 2nd 4th 8th 13th 10th 3rd 10th Q 24
 Russia See  Soviet Union 5th 6th 4th 12th 1st 7th 1st 1st 1st 6th 5th 5th Q 13
 Serbia Part of  Yugoslavia See  Serbia and Montenegro 2nd 15th 9th Q 4
 Senegal FRA × × × × Q 1
 Slovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia 12th 1
 Slovenia Part of  Yugoslavia 18th 9th 8th 14th 14th Q 6
 South Korea × × × × × 10th 6th 11th 11th 11th 1st 5th 9th 15th 3rd 8th 6th 6th 11th 12th 14th 13th Q 18
 Spain × × × × × 15th 10th 5th 10th 4th 3rd 9th 12th 11th Q Q 11
 Sweden 8th × 13th 6th 11th 8th 13th 9th 9th 4th Q Q 11
 Thailand × × × × × 21st × 1
 Tunisia × × × × × 12th 19th 18th 15th 14th 18th 17th 21st 24th 9
 Ukraine Part of  Soviet Union 9th 13th 18th 4th 10th 13th 17th 7
 United States × × × × × 11th 11th 16th 12th 17th Q Q 7
 Uruguay × × × × × 24th 23rd 24th 23rd 20th 5
 Uzbekistan Part of  Soviet Union 21st 1
Discontinued teams
 Czechoslovakia 1st 3rd 4th 6th 6th 4th 5th 2nd 9th See  Czech Republic 9
 East Germany × 1st 9th 1st 1st 4th 4th 3rd See  Germany 7
 Serbia and Montenegro Part of  Yugoslavia 3rd 9th See  Serbia 2
 Soviet Union × 6th × 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st See  Russia 7
 Yugoslavia 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 5th 5th 3rd 6th 2nd See  Serbia 10

Since first entering the tournament in 1957, Romania are the only team to have appeared in all 24 tournaments to date.

Largest winning margin

Margin Winning team Score Opponent WC
48 Hungary  57–9  Australia 2005
45 Sweden  66–21  Australia 2009
41 Austria  52–11  Thailand 2009
40 Russia  48–8  Australia 2009
39 Angola  47–8  Australia 2005
38 Netherlands  53–15  Australia 2011
38 South Korea  50–12  Paraguay 2007
38 Yugoslavia  41–3  Tunisia 1975
37 Norway  48–11  Uruguay 2001
37 Norway  47–10  Australia 2005
37 Russia  45–8  Australia 2011
37 Russia  45–8  Thailand 2009
37 Denmark  42–5  Argentina 1999
35 Austria  45–10  Australia 2009
35 Croatia  44–9  Uruguay 2005
34 Romania  51–17  Chile 2009
34 Hungary  48–14  Chile 2009
34 South Korea  45–11  Australia 2011
34 China  45–11  Australia 2011
34 Poland  40–6  Paraguay 2013

Source: TV2Sporten.no

References

  1. ^ a b "Women's World Championships". IHF. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b IHF official site (ihf.info): Page 51: MEDALS TABLE

See also

External links