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BWF World Championships

BWF World Championships
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2014 BWF World Championships
Sport Badminton
Founded 1977
Country BWF member nations
File:Logo ibf main.jpg
Official logo until 2006

The BWF World Championships (formerly known as IBF World Championships, also known as the World Badminton Championships) is a badminton tournament sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The tournament offers the most ranking points, together with Olympic Games.[1] The winners will be crowned as the "World Champions" and awarded gold medals.[2] However, it does not offer any prize money.[3]

The tournament started in 1977 and was held once every three years until 1983. However, the IBF faced difficulty in hosting the first two events as the World Badminton Federation (which later merged with the IBF to form one badminton federation) hosted the same tournament a year after the IBF World Championships with the same goals. Started 1985, the tournament became bi-annual and played once every two years until 2005. Starting 2006, the tournament was changed to an annual event on the BWF calendar with the goal to give more chances for the players to be crowned as official "World Champions". However, the tournament will not be held once every four years to give way to the Olympic Games.

Location of the World Championships

The table below gives an overview of all host cities and countries of the World Championships. The most recent games were held in Copenhagen. The number in parentheses following the city/country denotes how many times that city/country has hosted the championships. From 1989 to 2001 the world championships were held immediately after the Sudirman Cup at the same location.

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Host country of the World Championships, these include 2014 event in Copenhagen, Denmark
Year No. Host City Country
1977 I Malmö (1) 23x15px Sweden (1)
1980 II Jakarta (1) Template:Country data Indonesia (1)
1983 III Copenhagen (1) 23x15px Denmark (1)
1985 IV Calgary (1) 23x15px Canada (1)
1987 V Beijing (1) 23x15px China (1)
1989 VI Jakarta (2) Template:Country data Indonesia (2)
1991 VII Copenhagen (2) 23x15px Denmark (2)
1993 VIII Birmingham (1) 23x15px England (1)
1995 IX Lausanne (1) 23x16px  Switzerland (1)
1997 X Glasgow (1) 23x15px Scotland (1)
1999 XI Copenhagen (3) 23x15px Denmark (3)
2001 XII Seville (1) 23x15px Spain (1)
Year No. Host City Country
2003 XIII Birmingham (2) 23x15px England (2)
2005 XIV Anaheim (1) 23x15px United States (1)
2006 XV Madrid (1) 23x15px Spain (2)
2007 XVI Kuala Lumpur (1) 23x15px Malaysia (1)
2009 XVII Hyderabad (1) Template:Country data India (1)
2010 XVIII Paris (1) 23x15px France (1)
2011 XIX London (1) 23x15px England (3)
2013 XX Guangzhou (1) 23x15px China (2)
2014 XXI Copenhagen (4) 23x15px Denmark (4)
2015 XXII Jakarta (3) Template:Country data Indonesia (3)
2017 XXIII Glasgow (2) 23x15px Scotland (2)

Past winners

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The map shown the countries which at least achieve a bronze medal during the tournament

So far, only 20 countries have achieved at least a bronze medal in the tournament: ten in Asia, eight in Europe, one in North America and one in Oceania. Africa is the only continent that has not won a medal.

At the age of 18, Ratchanok Inthanon became the youngest winner of a singles title at the Championships.[4] Ratchanok was less than 3 months older than Jang Hye-ock was when she won the women's doubles title at the 1995 Championships.[5]

Successful players & national teams

Successful players

Several players have won gold medals in more than one category in a World Championship; this includes:

  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Indonesia Christian Hadinata, 1980, men's doubles and mixed doubles

From 1977 up to 2001, the medals were usually divided among five countries, namely China, Korea, Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia. However, in 2003, the winners included seven countries and in 2005 the medal board contained a record high of ten countries.

Tony Gunawan also bears the distinction of winning a gold medal in Men's Doubles, representing two different countries, 2001 partnering with Halim Haryanto for Indonesia and in 2005 partnering with Howard Bach to give the United States its first medal in the competition.

The 2005 edition also brought new faces in the mixed doubles event which had been dominated by China and Korea since 1997. With the retirement of defending champions and two time winners Kim Dong-moon/Ra Kyung-min (Korea), Nova Widianto/Lilyana Natsir won Indonesia's first mixed doubles gold since 1980 when Christian Hadinata/Imelda Wiguna won it last for Indonesia.

Below is the list of the most successful players ever, with 3 or more gold medals.[6]

Rank Player MS WS MD WD XD Total
1 23x15px Lin Dan 5 5
Template:Country data KOR Park Joo-bong 2 3 5
2 23x15px Gao Ling 3 1 4
23x15px Cai Yun 4 4
23x15px Fu Haifeng 4 4
3 23x15px Zhao Yunlei 1 2 3
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Indonesia Lilyana Natsir
3 3
23x15px Yu Yang 3 3
23x15px Ge Fei 2 1 3
23x15px Guan Weizhen 3 3
23x15px Han Aiping 2 1 3
23x15px Huang Sui 3 3
Template:Country data KOR Kim Dong-moon 1 2 3
23x15px Li Lingwei 2 1 3
23x15px Lin Ying 3 3

MS: Men's singles; WS: Women's singles; MD: Men's doubles; WD: Women's doubles; XD: Mixed doubles

Successful national teams

Below is the gold medalists shown based by category and countries after the 2013 Championships. China has been the most successful in the World Championships ever since its inception in 1977. They were the only country ever to achieve a shutout of the medals which they did in 1987, 2010 and 2011.

Rank Country 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 Total
1 23x15px China 2 3 5 4 3 1 1 3 21 3 3 22 4 3 4 5 5 23 3 58
2 Template:Country data Indonesia 1 4 1 3 2 1 2 22 2 2 20
3 23x15px Denmark 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
Template:Country data South Korea 2 1 2 1 21 1 1 10
5 23x15px England 1 1 1 3
6 23x15px Sweden 1 1 2
7 Template:Country data Japan 1 1
23x15px Spain 1 1
23x15px Thailand 1 1
23x15px United States 1 1

BOLD means overall winner of that World Championships

^1 China and Korea are tied with two gold medals. However, Korea won two silver medals and China won none, thus Korea became the overall winner.
^2 China won on superior of silver medal of four silver medals to Indonesia one, thus, China became overall winner.
^3 China won on superior of silver medal of two silver medals to none, thus, China became overall winner.
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Men's singles

Rank Country 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 Total
1 23x15px China X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
2 Template:Country data Indonesia X X X X X X 6
3 23x15px Denmark X X 2

Women's singles

Rank Country 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 Total
1 23x15px China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 15
2 23x15px Denmark X X 2
Template:Country data Indonesia X X 2
4 23x15px Thailand X 1
23x15px Spain X 1

Men's doubles

Rank Country 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 Total
1 Template:Country data Indonesia X X X X X X X X 8
2 23x15px China X X X X X X 6
3 Template:Country data South Korea X X X X 4
4 23x15px Denmark X X 2
5 23x15px United States X 1

Women's doubles

Rank Country 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 Total
1 23x15px China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 18
2 23x15px England X 1
Template:Country data Japan X 1
Template:Country data South Korea X 1

Mixed doubles

Rank Country 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 Total
1 23x15px China X X X X X X 6
2 Template:Country data South Korea X X X X X 5
3 23x15px Denmark X X X X 4
Template:Country data Indonesia X X X X 4
5 23x15px England X X 2
23x15px Sweden X X 2

Medal table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 23x15px China 58 40 63 161
2 Template:Country data Indonesia 20 17 30 67
3 Template:Country data South Korea 10 13 27 50
4 23x15px Denmark 10 12 36 58
5 23x15px England 3 9 12 24
6 23x15px Sweden 2 2 5 9
7 Template:Country data Japan 1 0 8 9
8 23x15px Thailand 1 0 2 3
9 23x15px Spain 1 0 0 1
23x15px United States 1 0 0 1
11 23x15px Malaysia 0 8 11 19
12 23x15px Chinese Taipei 0 2 3 5
13 23x15px Netherlands 0 1 1 2
23x15px Scotland 0 1 1 2
15 Template:Country data Hong Kong 0 1 0 1
16 23x15px Germany 0 0 4 4
Template:Country data India 0 0 4 4
18 23x15px France 0 0 1 1
23x15px New Zealand 0 0 1 1
23x15px Vietnam 0 0 1 1
Total 105 105 210 420

References

  1. ^ "World Ranking System". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Regulations for World Championships". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chin Chai hopes BWF will offer prize money for world meet". The Star. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "World champion Ratchanok Inthanon also a 'devoted' kid". The Indian Express. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Hearn, Don (11 August 2013). "WORLDS Finals – Ratchanok youngest ever singles World Champion". Badzine. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Die Individualweltmeisterschaften im Überblick, Badminton.de

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