One Database – 4,852 Medal Winners

One Database – 4,852 Medal Winners


All medal winners, the most successful countries and of course the most successful athletes of The World Games since their inception in 1981 are now available in one place: the TWG Medal database. This new tool showcases the best in all sports and disciplines of the past nine editions. The next edition will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, in 2017.

The database allows fans and journalists to start their research about top athletes of The World Games on the IWGA webpage. It is now available at

The search engine enables the user to search by country, TWG edition, sport and athlete. It presents the medal tallies of each edition from 1981 in Santa Clara, California (USA), to 2013 when TWG took place in Cali, Colombia. Users can also find the overall rankings sorted by country or athlete. The most successful country, with 137 Gold medals, is currently Italy, followed by the USA with 136 Gold medals.  Russia takes third place with 123 Gold medals.

If someone asks who has won the most gold medals, the answer is: Jürgen Kolenda (Germany). This athlete won eleven gold medals, and was never beaten at TWG. He competed in Finswimming at TWG 1981 Santa Clara and at TWG 1985 London. Second ranked is Steve Rajeff from the USA. He won not only eight Gold medals, but fifteen medals overall. Moreover, this Casting athlete is the only participant ever to have competed in six editions of the World Games (1981 to 2005). He won at least a silver medal at each of those Games. More numbers: 4,852 different athletes have won one or more medals since 1981. There are 3,983 results stored in the online database. 

The new presentation of the results was accomplished through close cooperation between Co Koren, former Secretary General of IWGA, the Spanish IT company JayKay-Design and IWGA partner Swiss Timing. IWGA President José Perurena thanked all the experts who participated in bringing the search engine to fruition. They spent hours and hours checking names, reading results books and implementing online databases to complete the task. “We are very pleased that we can present the history of all our medal winners,“ said José Perurena.

He added: “We are sure that this new tool gives all those interested in The World Games and their sports the opportunity to learn more about our multi-sport event. Moreover, we want to show our appreciation for the athletes with this special section of our webpage. We want their achievements to be remembered and to be recognized.” 

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