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June 20, 2010

Best winning streaks in sport

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 9:02 am

After Roger Federer’s amazing semi-final streak in grand slams (tennis) ended at 23, I read about some of the great winning streaks in sport… here are some of the most impressive ones that I sampled from the internet. Later I will include a list of consistency streaks (e.g. consecutive games played).

  • Squash player Jahangir Khan is believed to have the longest winning streak in any professional sport. He was undefeated between 1981 and 1986 winning 555 consecutive matches! Astonishing.
  • Dutch wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer had a 383 396 429 470-match winning streak, from January 2003 to her last match in 2012. At one point she won 250 sets in a row, with only one going to a tie-breaker!
  • Freestyle wrestler Osamu Watanabe was the only modern Olympic wrestler to go undefeated in his entire career – 186 straight wins over two years up to his retirement in 1964.
  • Romanian Iolanda Balaş won 140-150 consecutive women’s high jump competitions between Dec 1956 and Jun 1967, improving the world record from 1.74m to 1.91m.
  • Track and Field star Edwin Moses won every 400m hurdles race he competed in for 9 years, 9 months and 9 days (Sep 1977 – Jun 1987) – 122 races (including 107 finals) in total!
  • American Beach volleyballers Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won 112 straight matches as a duo from Aug 2007 to Aug 2008.
  • US College basketball team UCLA won 88 consecutive NCAA games between 1971 and 1974.
  • Julio César Chávez has the longest winning streak in professional boxing – 87 consecutive wins from his first bout in Feb 1980 to Sep 1993.
  • Wang Meng has won 83 consecutive 500m women’s short track speed skating races at World Cup, World Championship and Olympic level.
  • Carl Lewis won 65 consecutive long jump meets over 10 years until this.
  • In Greco-Roman wresting, Russian Alexander Karelin was undefeated over 13 years, winning <does anyone know how many?> consecutive matches.
  • Chris Evert won 125 straight tennis matches on clay, Rafael Nadal 81.
  • Martina Navratilova won 74 consecutive matches (all surfaces) in 1984, Guillermo Vilas 46.
  • Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver had 109 consecutive wins as a doubles pair between April 1983 and Wimbledon 1985 in which they only lost 14 sets!
  • Puerto Rican horse Camarero won 56 straight races between Apr 1953 and Aug 1955.
  • The United States won the first 25 America’s Cups, spanning 132 years.
  • Byron Nelson won 11 consecutive PGA Tour golf tournaments in 1945.

More info here:

Esther Vergeer

1 Comment »

  1. […] August 14, 2010 — ckrao The streaks below reflect consistency rather than necessarily winning. The next best of its kind is also […]

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