IHF World Women's Handball Championship

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

IHF World Women's Handball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
2019 World Women's Handball Championship
SportHandball
Founded1957
No. of teams24
ContinentInternational (IHF)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Netherlands (1st title)
Most titles Russia (4 titles)

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. 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

Yugoslavia

Czechoslovakia
7–1
Hungary

Yugoslavia
9–6
West Germany
9
1962
Details

Romania

Romania
8–5
Denmark

Czechoslovakia
6–5
Yugoslavia
9
1965
Details

West Germany

Hungary
5–3
Yugoslavia

West Germany
11–10
Czechoslovakia
8
1968

Soviet Union
The tournament was cancelled due to the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia
1971
Details

Netherlands

East Germany
11–8
Yugoslavia

Hungary
12–11 (2ET)
Romania
9
1973
Details

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia
16–11
Romania

Soviet Union
20–12
Hungary
12
1975
Details

Soviet Union

East Germany
Round-robin
Soviet Union

Hungary
Round-robin
Romania
12
1978
Details

Czechoslovakia

East Germany
Round-robin
Soviet Union

Hungary
Round-robin
Czechoslovakia
12
1982
Details

Hungary

Soviet Union
Round-robin
Hungary

Yugoslavia
Round-robin
East Germany
12
1986
Details

Netherlands

Soviet Union
30–22
Czechoslovakia

Norway
23–19
East Germany
16
1990
Details

South Korea

Soviet Union
24–22
Yugoslavia

East Germany
25–19
West Germany
16
1993
Details

Norway

Germany
22–21 (ET)
Denmark

Norway
20–19
Romania
16
1995
Details

Austria / Hungary

South Korea
25–20
Hungary

Denmark
25–24
Norway
20
1997
Details

Germany

Denmark
33–20
Norway

Germany
27–25
Russia
24
1999
Details

Norway / Denmark

Norway
25–24 (2ET)
France

Austria
31–28 (ET)
Romania
24
2001
Details

Italy

Russia
30–25
Norway

Yugoslavia
42–40 (ET)
Denmark
24
2003
Details

Croatia

France
32–29 (ET)
Hungary

South Korea
31–29
Ukraine
24
2005
Details

Russia

Russia
28–23
Romania

Hungary
27–24
Denmark
24
2007
Details

France

Russia
29–24
Norway

Germany
36–35 (ET)
Romania
24
2009
Details

China

Russia
25–22
France

Norway
31–26
Spain
24
2011
Details

Brazil

Norway
32–24
France

Spain
24–18
Denmark
24
2013
Details

Serbia

Brazil
22–20
Serbia

Denmark
30–26
Poland
24
2015
Details

Denmark

Norway
31–23
Netherlands

Romania
31–22
Poland
24
2017
Details

Germany

France
23–21
Norway

Netherlands
24–21
Sweden
24
2019
Details

Japan

Netherlands
30–29
Spain

Russia
33–28
Norway
24
2021
Details

Spain
32
2023
Details

Denmark / Norway / Sweden
2025
Details

South Korea

Medal count

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

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia4015
2 Norway34310
3 Soviet Union3216
4 East Germany3014
5 France2305
6 Hungary1449
7 Yugoslavia1326
8 Denmark1225
9 Romania1214
10 Czechoslovakia1113
 Netherlands1113
12 Germany1023
13 South Korea1012
14 Brazil1001
15 Spain0112
16 Serbia0101
17 Austria0011
 West Germany0011
 Yugoslavia0011
Totals (19 nations)24242472

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
1Maryna Bazanova Soviet Union1982199033
Hannelore Burosch East Germany1971197833
Maria Constantinescu (Scheip) Romania19561962** 3 **** 3 **
Victorița Dumitrescu Romania19561962** 3 **** 3 **
Anna Kareyeva Russia2001200733
Irina Klimovschi (Nagy) Romania19561962** 3 **** 3 **
Waltraud Kretzschmar East Germany1971197833
Nadezhda Muravyova Russia2001200933
Irina Poltoratskaya Russia2001200733
Lyudmila Postnova Russia2005200933
Oksana Romenskaya Russia2001200733
Ana Stănișel (Starck) Romania19561962** 3 **** 3 **
Iozefina Ștefănescu (Ugron) Romania19561962** 3 **** 3 **
Inna Suslina Russia2001200933
Aurelia Szőke (Sălăgeanu) Romania19561962** 3 **** 3 **
Emiliya Turey Russia2005200933
Petra Uhlig (Kahnt) East Germany1971197833
Hannelore Zober East Germany1971197833

** 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
1Kari Aalvik Grimsbø Norway200720172215
Zinaida Turchyna Soviet Union197319862215
3Camilla Herrem Norway200920172114
Heidi Løke Norway200920172114
5Katrine Lunde (Haraldsen) Norway200720171214
6Amália Sterbinszky Hungary19711982134

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
1957
(9)

1962
(9)

1965
(8)

1971
(9)

1973
(12)

1975
(12)

1978
(12)

1982
(12)

1986
(16)

1990
(16)

1993
(16)


1995
(20)

1997
(24)


1999
(24)

2001
(24)

2003
(24)

2005
(24)

2007
(24)

2009
(24)

2011
(24)

2013
(24)

2015
(24)

2017
(24)

2019
(24)

2021
(32)



2023
(32)

2025
(32)

2027
(32)
Total
 Algeria France×××10th19th22nd3
 AngolaPart of  Portugal16th16th13th15th15th13th17th16th7th11th8th16th16th19th15th15
 Argentina×××××24th22nd20th20th19th23rd19th18th23rd16th10
 Australia×××××23rd23rd24th24th24th24th24th24th8
 Austria6th×××12th5th8th8th11th3rd7th11th13th16th10th12
 BelarusPart of  Soviet Union16th14th2
 Brazil×××××17th23rd16th12th20th7th14th15th5th1st10th18th17th13
 Bulgaria×××10th12th2
 CameroonFRA××××22nd20th2
 Canada×××××10th15th17th20th4
 Chile×××××23rd1
 China×××××9th8th14th13th22nd18th11th19th17th21st12th21st18th17th22nd23rd15
 CongoFRA××××12th22nd22nd17th20th5
 CroatiaPart of  Yugoslavia10th6th14th11th9th7th6
 Cuba×××××21st22nd23rd21st4
 Czech RepublicSee  Czechoslovakia13th13th19th15th15th8th6
 DR CongoBEL××××20th24th20th3
 Denmark5th2nd5th6th7th9th10th2nd3rd1st6th4th13th4th5th4th3rd6th6th9thQ21
 Dominican Republic×××××22nd23rd2
 France×××××15th14th10th2nd5th1st12th5th2nd2nd6th7th1st13thQQ16
 Germany
(including West Germany)
4th8th3rd5th11th8th9th7th4th1st5th3rd7th12th6th3rd7th17th7th13th12th8th22
 Greenland×××××24th1
 Hungary2nd5th1st3rd4th3rd3rd2nd8th7th2nd9th5th6th2nd3rd8th9th8th11th15th14th22
 Iceland×××12th1
 Italy×××××16th1
 Ivory Coast×××××17th14th20th21st21st18th16th7
 Japan×9th7th9th10th10th14th13th17th17th20th16th18th19th16th14th14th19th16th10th19
 KazakhstanPart of  Soviet Union18th22nd19th22nd22nd5
 LithuaniaPart of  Soviet Union13th1
 MacedoniaPart of  Yugoslavia7th8th21st15th12th5
 MontenegroPart of  YugoslaviaPart of  Serbia and Montenegro10th11th8th6th5th5
 Netherlands××8th12th9th10th10th14th5th15th13th2nd3rd1st12
 Norway××7th8th8th7th3rd6th3rd4th2nd1st2nd6th9th2nd3rd1st5th1st2nd4thQ21
 Paraguay×××××23rd21st21st3
 Poland7th7th8th5th7th6th13th9th10th8th11th19th11th4th4th17th16
 Puerto Rico×××××20th1
 Romania9th1st6th4th2nd4th7th8th5th7th4th7th12th4th17th10th2nd4th8th13th10th3rd10th12th24
 RussiaSee  Soviet Union5th6th4th12th1st7th1st1st1st6th5th5th3rd13
 SerbiaPart of  YugoslaviaSee  Serbia and Montenegro2nd15th9th6th4
 SenegalFRA××××18th1
 SlovakiaPart of  Czechoslovakia12th1
 SloveniaPart of  Yugoslavia18th9th8th14th14th19th6
 South Korea×××××10th6th11th11th11th1st5th9th15th3rd8th6th6th11th12th14th13th11th18
 Spain×××××15th10th5th10th4th3rd9th12th11th2ndQ11
 Sweden8th×13th6th11th8th13th9th9th4th7thQ11
 Thailand×××××21st×1
 Tunisia×××××12th19th18th15th14th18th17th21st24th9
 UkrainePart of  Soviet Union9th13th18th4th10th13th17th7
 United States×××××11th11th16th12th17thQQ7
 Uruguay×××××24th23rd24th23rd20th5
 UzbekistanPart of  Soviet Union21st1
Discontinued teams
 Czechoslovakia1st3rd4th6th6th4th5th2nd9thSee  Czech Republic9
 East Germany×1st9th1st1st4th4th3rdSee  Germany7
 Serbia and MontenegroPart of  Yugoslavia3rd9thSee  Serbia2
 Soviet Union×6th×3rd2nd2nd1st1st1stSee  Russia7
 Yugoslavia3rd4th2nd2nd1st5th5th3rd6th2ndSee  Serbia10

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

Largest winning margin

MarginWinning teamScoreOpponentWC
48Hungary 57–9 Australia2005
45Sweden 66–21 Australia2009
41Austria 52–11 Thailand2009
40Russia 48–8 Australia2009
39Angola 47–8 Australia2005
39France 46–7 Australia2019
38Netherlands 53–15 Australia2011
38South Korea 50–12 Paraguay2007
38Yugoslavia 41–3 Tunisia1975
37Norway 48–11 Uruguay2001
37Norway 47–10 Australia2005
37Russia 45–8 Australia2011
37Russia 45–8 Thailand2009
37Denmark 42–5 Argentina1999
35Austria 45–10 Australia2009
35Croatia 44–9 Uruguay2005
34Romania 51–17 Chile2009
34Hungary 48–14 Chile2009
34South Korea 45–11 Australia2011
34China 45–11 Australia2011
34Poland 40–6 Paraguay2013

Source: TV2Sporten.no

References

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

See also

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