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 429470-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.