World Speed Skating Championships

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World Speed Skating Championships
Speed skating pictogram.svg
First event1893 (official)
Occur everyYear
PurposeWorld Championships of speed skating

The International Skating Union[1] organises the following World Championships in the sport of speed skating:

Sport Discipline Championships for:
Long track Allround Men Women Junior
Sprint Men Women
Single Distances Men Women
Short track Short track Men Women Junior Team

Records[edit]

World Allround[edit]

Men[edit]

Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Netherlands Sven Kramer 9 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 0 3
Finland Clas Thunberg 5 1923, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1931 1 1
Norway Oscar Mathisen 5 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, 1914 1 0
Norway Ivar Ballangrud 4 1926, 1932, 1936, 1938 4 3
Netherlands Rintje Ritsma 4 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001 2 3

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[2]

Women[edit]

Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
East Germany / Germany Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (Kleemann) 8 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 2 0
Netherlands Ireen Wüst 7 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2020 4 2
Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková 5 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2019 2 1
East Germany Karin Kania (Enke, Busch) 5 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988 2 0
Soviet Union Inga Voronina (Artamonova) 4 1957, 1958, 1962, 1965 2 0
Netherlands Atje Keulen-Deelstra 4 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974 0 0

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3]

Junior[edit]

Multiple champions
Boys
Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
United States Eric Heiden 2 1977, 1978 1 0
Netherlands Koen Verweij 2 2009, 2010 1 0
Sweden Tomas Gustafson 2 1979, 1980 0 0
Soviet Union Valeri Guk 2 1984, 1985 0 0
Netherlands Falko Zandstra 2 1990, 1991 0 0
Netherlands Bob de Jong 2 1995, 1996 0 0
Norway Sverre Lunde Pedersen 2 2011, 2012 0 0
Netherlands Patrick Roest 2 2014, 2015 0 0
Girls
Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
East Germany Angela Stahnke 3 1982, 1983, 1984 0 0
United States Beth Heiden 2 1978, 1979 2 0
East Germany Monique Garbrecht 2 1986, 1987 0 1
East Germany Ulrike Adeberg 2 1989, 1990 0 0
Netherlands Frédérique Ankoné 2 2000, 2001 0 0
Japan Miho Takagi 2 2012, 2013 0 0

World Sprint[edit]

Men[edit]

Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Soviet Union / Commonwealth of Independent States / Belarus Igor Zhelezovski 6 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 0 1
Canada Jeremy Wotherspoon 4 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 4 1
South Korea Lee Kyou-Hyuk 4 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 1 0
United States Eric Heiden 4 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 0 0

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[4]

Women[edit]

Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
East Germany Karin Kania (Enke, Busch) 6 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 2 0
Germany Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt 5 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 0 0
United States Bonnie Blair 3 1989, 1994, 1995 4 2
United States Sheila Young 3 1973, 1975, 1976 0 0

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[5]

World Single Distances[edit]

Men[edit]

Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Netherlands Sven Kramer 21 5000 m: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
10000 m: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017
Team pursuit: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2020
3 2
United States Shani Davis 8 1000 m: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015
1500 m: 2004, 2007, 2009
Team pursuit: 2011
4 3
Netherlands Bob de Jong 7 5000 m: 2001, 2011
10000 m: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012
8 5
Netherlands Gianni Romme 7 5000 m: 1998, 1999, 2000
10000 m: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000
2 3
Netherlands Erben Wennemars 6 1000 m: 2003, 2004
1500 m: 2003
Team pursuit: 2005, 2007, 2008
2 3

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[6]

Women[edit]

Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková 16 3000 m: 2007, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020
5000 m: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
6 0
Netherlands Ireen Wüst 15 1000 m: 2007
1500 m: 2007, 2011, 2013, 2019, 2020
3000 m: 2011, 2013, 2017
Team pursuit: 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2021
15 1
Germany Anni Friesinger-Postma 12 1000 m: 2003, 2004, 2008
1500 m: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009
3000 m: 2003
5000 m: 2005
Team pursuit: 2005
9 1
Germany Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann 11 1500 m: 1997
3000 m: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
5000 m: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
3 0
Canada Christine Nesbitt 7 1000 m: 2009, 2011, 2012
1500 m: 2012
Team pursuit: 2007, 2009, 2011
2 3

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[7]

World Short Track (Overall)[edit]

Men[edit]

Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
South Korea Ahn Hyun Soo 6 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 1 0
Canada Marc Gagnon 4 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998 2 1

Women[edit]

Skater 1st place, gold medalist(s) Year 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Canada Sylvie Daigle 5 1979, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990 2 1
China Yang Yang (A) 5 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 2 0
China Wang Meng 3 2008, 2009, 2013 3 0
Canada Nathalie Lambert 3 1991, 1993, 1994 2 2
South Korea Chun Lee-Kyung 3 1995, 1996, 1997 2 0
South Korea Jin Sun-Yu 3 2005, 2006, 2007 0 0
South Korea Choi Min-jeong 3 2015, 2016, 2018 1 0

Combined all-time medal count[edit]

Updated after the 2021 World Single Distances Championships.

This table include all medals won at the World Allround Speed Skating Championships (1889–2020), World Sprint Speed Skating Championships (1970–2020) and World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships (1996–2021).

Rank Nation From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1.  Netherlands 1893 2021 163 128 141 432
2.  Germany 1991 2020 56 51 39 146
3.  Norway 1898 2021 53 58 55 166
4.  United States 1891 2021 53 43 54 150
5.  Soviet Union 1948 1991 43 48 38 129
6.  Canada 1897 2021 40 50 50 140
7.  Russia 1910 2020 22 25 35 82
8.  Czech Republic 2007 2021 21 8 3 32
9.  East Germany 1960 1990 20 17 9 46
10.  Japan 1970 2020 19 33 39 91
11.  South Korea 1990 2020 17 14 11 42
12.  Finland 1901 2013 13 16 7 36
13.  China 1991 2020 8 14 8 30
14.  Sweden 1908 2021 6 6 7 19
15.  Austria 1933 2019 4 4 4 12
16.  West Germany 1971 1982 2 0 3 5
17.  Italy 1991 2015 1 9 6 16
18. Russian Skating Union Russian Skating Union 2021 2021 1 3 7 11
19.  Belarus 1993 2005 1 2 2 5
20.  Kazakhstan 1995 2013 1 1 1 3
21.  Latvia 1939 1940 1 1 0 2
22.  CIS 1992 1992 1 0 0 1
 Hungary 1949 1949 1 0 0 1
24.  Belgium 1996 2021 0 2 4 6
25.  France 1960 2017 0 2 2 4
26.  Poland 1978 2020 0 1 6 7
27.  New Zealand 2017 2017 0 1 1 2
28.  Great Britain 1951 1951 0 1 0 1
 North Korea 1966 1966 0 1 0 1
30.  Australia 2014 2014 0 0 1 1
 Romania 1994 1994 0 0 1 1
- independent 1951 1951 0 0 1 1 [8]
- none declared 1889 1907 7 18 18 43 [9]
Total 547 539 535 1621

References[edit]

  1. ^ Homepage ISU
  2. ^ "Medal table World Championship Allround Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Medal table World Championship Allround Women". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Medal table World Championship Sprint Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Medal table World Championship Sprint Women". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Medal table World Championship Single Distance Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Medal table World Championship Single Distance Women". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  8. ^ Kornél Pajor skated for Hungary until he defected in 1949. From then on, the ISU allowed him to participate as an independent skater representing the ISU, as he did winning the bronze medal in 1951.
  9. ^ From 1889 to 1907 only gold medals were awarded: to win the gold medal, an athlete was required to win at least three of the distances. In seven competitions, no winner was declared due to this rule.