Winning streak (sports)

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In sports, a winning streak refers to a consecutive number of games won. A winning streak can be held by a team, as in baseball, football, basketball, hockey, or by an individual, as in tennis. A winning streak that extends through a single season is known as a perfect season.

The longest recorded winning streak in any professional sports is Pakistani Jahangir Khan's 555 consecutive wins in squash from 1981 to 1986. In the same sports, the Australian Heather McKay may hold a claim to an even longer winning streak, as she went unbeaten for 19 years, from 1962 to 1981. However, an official tally of her wins may not exist. In 2013, the Dutch wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer retired with an active 10-year-long winning streak of 470 matches, including a streak of 250 consecutive sets won.[1]

A winning streak is not to be confused with an unbeaten streak, where teams can tie as well as win and keep their streak. For example, if a football team wins four games in a row, plays a draw, wins three more, plays two draws in a row, and then loses, they had a 10-game unbeaten streak. Their longest winning streak in this sequence was four. If a sports league declares overtime losses different from regulation losses in that they are scored like ties (such as ice hockey leagues where there is both a 4-on-4 overtime and a penalty shootout to break ties), an unbeaten streak (unlike a winning streak) continues if at the end of regulation, the game is tied. This is because losses in overtime and shootout are declared regulation ties, and teams accumulate one point for the draw. As such, if a team wins four consecutive games, then loses two consecutive games in overtime, then loses in a shootout, and then wins three consecutive games, that team has a ten-game unbeaten streak (seven wins and three ties at the end of regulation).

Contents

Air sports[edit]

Aerobatic[edit]

Team[edit]

3 consecutive titles at FAI World Aerobatic Championships — Russia

Aquatic Sports[edit]

Diving[edit]

Olympics[edit]

Women's 3m Springboard Synchro[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at Olympic GamesWu Minxia

Men's 3m Springboard[edit]

11 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — USA

Men's 10m Platform[edit]

7 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — USA

Women's 3m Springboard[edit]

8 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — USA

World Championships[edit]

Women's 3m Springboard[edit]

5 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsGuo Jingjing

Note: gold medalist in the same event at Athens and Beijing Olympics

Women's 3m Springboard Synchro[edit]

5 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsGuo Jingjing

Note: gold medalist in the same event at Athens and Beijing Olympics

Women's 10m Springboard Synchro[edit]

7 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

Swimming[edit]

Overall[edit]

Johnny Weissmuller[edit]

Weissmuller never lost a swimming race during his entire amateur career, including three individual Olympic gold medals. He is purported to have told the other swimmers in his Olympic final that they could fight it out for second place

Tamas Darnyi[edit]

Darnyi was undefeated his entire international career in both the 200m and 400m Individual medley races, lasting from 1985 to 1993, though he did not hold the world record for the entirety of the period (another person broke it in a race that Darnyi did not compete in. He later reclaimed the record).

Roland Matthes[edit]

Matthes was undefeated in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke races from 1968-1974, though he lost the world record in races he did not compete in during that span. He later lost both records for good at the end of his career when he earned a bronze in the 100m backstroke behind John Naber, who also set the world record in the 200m backstroke

Vladimir Salnikov[edit]

Salnikov won all 61 of his 1500m freestyle races from 1977 to 1986. The streak ended when he finished fourth at the 1986 FINA World Championships

Michael Phelps[edit]

Michael Phelps was undefeated in the finals of the 200m butterfly for ten years. Before the 2012 Olympics where he was defeated by Chad le Clos the last time Phelps had lost the race was in 2002 when he lost to Olympic champion Tom Malchow at the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

Olympics[edit]

Men's 100m Butterfly[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at Olympic GamesMichael Phelps

Men's 200m Individual Medley[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at Olympic GamesMichael Phelps

Men's 4×100m Medley Relay[edit]

13 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — USA

Note: excluding boycotted Moscow Olympics

Women's 4×100m Freestyle Relay[edit]

6 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — USA

Note: excluding boycotted Moscow Olympics

World Championships[edit]

Men's 1500 Freestyle[edit]

4 consecutive titles at FINA World Aquatics ChampionshipsGrant Hackett

Mens's 200 Butterfly[edit]

3 consecutive titles at FINA World Aquatics ChampionshipsMichael Phelps

Note: he also won in 2001 and 2003, but elected not to swim the race in the 2005 FINA World Championships.

Men's 100 Butterfly[edit]

3 consecutive titles at FINA World Aquatics ChampionshipsMichael Phelps

Men's 4×100m Freestyle Relay[edit]

8 consecutive titles at World Championships — USA

College (USA)[edit]

31 consecutive NCAA Men's Division III titlesKenyon College

Synchronized Swimming[edit]

Olympics[edit]

Duet[edit]

4 consecutive gold medals at Olympics — Russia

Team[edit]

4 consecutive gold medals at Olympics — Russia

FINA World Aquatics Championships[edit]

Team[edit]

8 consecutive gold medals at World Championships team titles — Russia

Water Polo[edit]

Men's[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at Summer Olympics

Archery[edit]

Compound[edit]

Men's Team[edit]

5 consecutive titles at World Archery Championships — United States

Recurve[edit]

Men's Team[edit]

13 consecutive titles at World Archery Championships — United States

3 consecutive gold medals at Summer Olympics — South Korea

Women's Team[edit]

6 consecutive titles at World Archery Championships — United States

7 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — South Korea

Athletics[edit]

Men's 400m Hurdles[edit]

122 races — Edwin Moses

Note: this streak included an Olympic gold medal and two improvements of his own world records.

Long-distance running[edit]

75 races — Emil Zatopek[2]

Men's Discus Throw[edit]

4 consecutive Olympic titlesAl Oerter

Men's Long Jump[edit]

65 consecutive competitions - Carl Lewis

4 consecutive Olympic titlesCarl Lewis

8 consecutive Olympic titles — USA

Men's Pole Vault[edit]

6 consecutive World ChampionshipsSergey Bubka

16 consecutive Olympic titles — USA

Men's Cross Country[edit]

5 consecutive World Championships (tie)

Men's 110 Meter Hurdles[edit]

9 consecutive Olympic titles — USA

Men's High Jump[edit]

8 consecutive Olympic titles — USA

Men's 4×100m Relay[edit]

8 consecutive Olympic titles — USA

Men's 3000m Steeplechase[edit]

8 consecutive Olympic titles - Kenya

Women's high jump[edit]

140 to 150 competitions[4]Iolanda Balaş

Note: this streak included 2 Olympic gold medals and 14 improvements of the world record.

Auto racing[edit]

Formula One[edit]

9 wins — Alberto Ascari[5]

9 wins - Sebastian Vettel

11 wins — McLaren MP4/4[6]

IndyCar[edit]

4 wins - Sébastien Bourdais

World Rally Championship[edit]

9 consecutive World ChampionshipsSébastien Loeb[7]

NASCAR Cup Series[edit]

10 wins — 1967 Richard Petty[9]

Note: Because of the post-1972 schedule overhaul, NASCAR will differentiate records from pre-1972 and post-1972. The primary schedule overhaul eliminated midweek races, thus cutting the schedule from 48 to around 30 races (36 currently), and a minimum race distance (first 250 miles (400 km), later shortened to 300 km (190 mi)). Since many pre-1972 races were under 100 miles (such as 62.5 mile races held in Islip, New York, and the current non-championship Budweiser Duel then being a championship race at 100 miles until 1967), some NASCAR records are differentiated that way, similar to the NBA differentiating "fewest points" records with pre and post-1954 records, when the 24-second shot clock was introduced.

Post–1972

4 wins (tie) (length of shortest race, in miles, in brackets):

Note: In seven of the eight instances, at least one of the wins was in a 500-mile race. Mark Martin's 1993 streak ended at Darlington, where the Mountain Dew Southern 500 was stopped 16 laps early because of darkness.

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

6 consecutive wins — Tom Kristensen

7 consecutive wins — Porsche

Basketball[edit]

Olympics[edit]

64 games — 1936-1972 United States National Team

7 Consecutive Men's titles at Olympic Games — USA

5 Consecutive Women's titles at Olympic GamesUSA

NBA[edit]

33 games — 1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers [11]

College (USA)[edit]

NCAA Women's Division I[edit]

All games[edit]

90 games — Connecticut[12]

Note: The Wayland Baptist University women's basketball team achieved a winning streak of 131 games which started November 7, 1953 and ended March 20, 1958 (defeated by Nashville Business School 42-46). However, a national organizing structure for women's intercollegiate basketball did not exist until the AIAW was established in 1971; the NCAA did not begin organizing women's sports until 1981. Wayland Baptist instead played in competitions sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Union.[13]

Regular-season games only[edit]

By NCAA convention, the "regular season" does not include games in conference tournaments or in any national postseason tournament.

71 games — Connecticut[12]

NCAA Women's Division II[edit]

51 games - Washburn University

NCAA Women's Division III[edit]

88 games - Washington University in St. Louis

NCAA Men's Division I[edit]

All games[edit]

88 games — UCLA[16]

Regular-season games only[edit]

By NCAA convention, the "regular season" does not include games in conference tournaments or in any national postseason tournament.

74 games — UCLA[16]

Home games[edit]

129 games — Kentucky[16]

NCAA Men's Division II[edit]

57 games - Winona State University

NCAA Men's Division III[edit]

60 games - SUNY Potsdam

Greek League[edit]

Bat-and-ball games[edit]

Baseball[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Men[edit]

9 consecutive World Cup titles — Cuba

Major League Baseball[edit]

A baseball hitting streak is categorized as having at least one base hit in an official consecutive game. The streak ends when a player goes up to bat and does not get a hit.

By a single player[edit]

Joe DiMaggio holds the record for the most consecutive games with at least one hit,[23] with 56 in 1941. At that time he played for the New York Yankees.[24]

By a team[edit]

26 games — New York Giants [25]

Note: The Giants tied the Pirates in the second game of a doubleheader 1–1 on September 18, 1916. Major League Baseball excludes all games which end in ties from their official statistics. The longest winning streak without ties in Major League Baseball is 21 games, achieved by the Chicago Cubs in 1935. The Oakland Athletics hold the American League record at 20 games, set in 2002.

By a pitcher[edit]

24 consecutive winning decisionsCarl Hubbell, New York Giants [25]

Note: Hubbell's streak was achieved in 27 games as he also pitched three no-decisions. In baseball, only losing decisions can end winning streaks by pitchers.

College (USA)[edit]

NCAA Division I[edit]

Most consecutive games (tie): 34

Most consecutive post season wins: 22

Most consecutive College World Series wins: 2

NCAA Division II[edit]

46 games - 2000 Savannah State University

NCAA Division III[edit]

44 games — 2008 Trinity College (Connecticut)

NAIA[edit]

41 games — 1990 Point Park College (Pittsburgh, PA)

Softball[edit]

7 consecutive World Championships — USA

Cricket[edit]

Test[edit]

16 matches — Australia

Note: Australia equalled this record with another 16 wins in a row from December 2005 until January 2008.

ODI[edit]

21 matches — Australia

World Cup[edit]

26 matches[27]Australia

Twenty20 International[edit]

8 matches - England

International Cricket (All Forms)[edit]

20 matches (17 ODIs and 3 tests) - Australia[28]

Domestic or Club Twenty20[edit]

25 matches - Sialkot Stallions (Pakistan)[29]

Boating[edit]

Canoeing[edit]

Men's[edit]

C-1[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World ChampionshipsJon Lugbill

6 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships — USA

C-1 Team[edit]

7 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships — USA

C-2[edit]

5 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships — East Germany

C-2 Team[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

Kayaking[edit]

Men's[edit]

K-1[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World ChampionshipsRichard Fox

3 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

K-1 Team[edit]

4 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships — East Germany

Women's[edit]

K-1[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships — Austria

K-1 Team[edit]

6 consecutive gold medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships — East Germany

Rowing[edit]

Men's Coxless Pair[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at Olympic GamesSteve Redgrave

Note: gold medalist in Coxless Four at Sydney Olympics

Men's Eights[edit]

8 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — USA

Men's Coxless Pair[edit]

15 consecutive major titles (World Cups and World Championships) — Eric Murray, Hamish Bond[30]

Sailing[edit]

America's Cup[edit]

25 Cups — United States

Note: With 132 years, this is the longest winning streak (in years) in sports history.

Olympics[edit]

4 consecutive Olympic titles — Ben Ainslie

4 consecutive Olympic titles — Paul Elvstrøm

Bowling[edit]

3 consecutive titles at PBA World Championship

Combat sports[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Professional[edit]

87 — Julio César Chávez (light welterweight)[31]

Note: After two more wins Chávez lost to Frankie Randall on 29 January 1994 to end an unbeaten streak of 90 matches.

Longest unbeaten streak[32]

103 — Jimmy Wilde (flyweight)[33]

Note: all fights were in the UK against boxers of the UK. The records for international fights are:

93 — Pedro Carrasco (lightweight)[34]

91 — Sugar Ray Robinson (middleweight)[35]

Olympics[edit]

3 consecutive Olympic gold medals (tie)

7 consecutive Olympic heavyweight titles — Cuba

Note: excluding boycotted Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics

World Championship[edit]

6 consecutive heavyweight World ChampionshipsFélix Savón

Note: winner of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals (1992–2000)

Judo[edit]

6 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsRyoko Tani

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Men's[edit]

21 fights

Women's[edit]

22 fights — Megumi Fujii

Longest unbeaten streak

32 fights (30 wins, 1 draw, 1 no contest) — Igor Vovchanchyn

Professional wrestling[edit]

173 consecutive matches — Bill Goldberg, World Championship Wrestling, a record in singles competition — USA[36][37][38]

21 consecutive matches — The Undertaker, WWE, a record at WrestleMania (annual event)[39] — USA

Note: Including 1 winning via disqualification (1993)

Wrestling[edit]

Olympics[edit]

Men's Freestyle[edit]

3 consecutive Olympics titles (tie)

187 consecutive matches including 1964 Tokyo OlympicsOsamu Watanabe

Note: The only modern Olympian to go unbeaten throughout his entire career.

6 consecutive Men's heavyweight Olympic titles — USSR

Note: excluding boycotted Los Angeles Olympics

Men's Greco-Roman[edit]

13 years including 3 consecutive Olympics titles (1988–1996) — Alexander Karelin [6]

6 consecutive Men's heavyweight Olympic titles — USSR

Note: excluding boycotted Los Angeles Olympics

World Championships[edit]

Men's Freestyle[edit]

6 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsSergey Beloglazov [7]

19 consecutive team titles at World Championships — USSR

Men's Greco-Roman[edit]

9 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsAlexander Karelin

Note: winner of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals (1988–1996)

21 consecutive team titles at World Championships — USSR and Russia

Women's Freestyle[edit]

6 consecutive team titles at World Championships — Japan

College (USA)[edit]

159 matches — Cael Sanderson, Iowa State

Note: never lost a single NCAA match in entire collegiate career (1998–2002)

High school (USA)[edit]

459 consecutive matches — Brandon High School, Brandon, Florida[40][41]

Sumo[edit]

69 matches — Futabayama Sadaji

Cue sports[edit]

English billiards[edit]

IBSF World Billiards Championship[edit]

Timed[edit]

3 consecutive titles — Pankaj Advani

3 consecutive titles — India

Points[edit]

3 consecutive titles — Bob Marshall

5 consecutive titles — India

World Billiards Championship[edit]

4 consecutive titles

31 consecutive titles — England

Pool[edit]

WEPF Eight-ball Pool World Championship[edit]

13 consecutive titles — England

WPA World Nine-ball Championship[edit]

Men's[edit]

3 consecutive titles — USA

Women's[edit]

3 consecutive titles — Allison Fisher

3 consecutive titles

Snooker[edit]

15 consecutive titles at World Snooker ChampionshipJoe Davis

15 consecutive titles at World Snooker Championship — England

Three-cushion billiards[edit]

UMB World Three-cushion Championship[edit]

11 consecutive titles — Raymond Ceulemans

11 consecutive titles at — Belgium

CEB European Three-cushion Championship[edit]

11 consecutive titles — Raymond Ceulemans

22 consecutive titles at — Belgium

Cycling[edit]

Men's[edit]

5 consecutive Tour de France - Miguel Indurain

Women's[edit]

5 consecutive Women's sprint world championships - Félicia Ballanger

Note: winner of 3 Olympic gold medals in cycling

15 consecutive Women's sprint world championships - USSR

Darts[edit]

Men's[edit]

8 consecutive titles at PDC World Darts ChampionshipPhil Taylor

9 consecutive titles at PDC World Darts Championship — England

3 consecutive titles at BDO World Darts ChampionshipEric Bristow

6 consecutive titles at BDO World Darts Championship — England

Women's[edit]

7 consecutive titles at BDO World Darts ChampionshipTrina Gulliver

7 consecutive titles at BDO World Darts Championship — England

Equine sports[edit]

Dressage[edit]

7 consecutive Olympic Team titles — Germany

9 consecutive World Championships — Germany

Horse racing[edit]

By a racehorse[edit]

56 races — Camarero[42]

By a jockey[edit]

12 races — Gordon Richards

Show jumping[edit]

Individual[edit]

3 consecutive titles at Show Jumping World Championships — West Germany

Fencing[edit]

Women's Foil[edit]

3 consecutive Olympic titles — Valentina Vezzali

Football[edit]

Association football[edit]

International[edit]

19 FIFA World Cup appearances — Brazil

Note: Brazil is the only national football team to have played in every World Cup.[43]


15 consecutive FIFA World Cup second round qualifications — Germany


15 competitive games (without friendlies) — Germany


15 games — Spain[44]

Note: Spain (7 February 2007 – 24 June 2009) also shares with Brazil (16 December 1993 – 21 January 1996) the unbeaten record of 35 games. Brazil's loss at the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup was by the under-23 (Olympic) team, but is officially counted as a loss of the national team.[45] Otherwise the Brazil national team wouldn't lose until 30 May 1997 (2:4 vs Norway), thus extending it to 45 games.

July 22, 1995 was the 1995 Copa América Final[46] and the 27th match of their Unbeaten streak, even though Brazil lost the Final and thus the Match on Penalties, the Official record only counts it as a Draw since in normal time it finished at 1-1.

National leagues[edit]

Jordan League[edit]

32 games — 2001–2003 Al-Faisaly[47][48]

Portuguese Liga[edit]

29 games — 1971–1973 S.L. Benfica[49]

Croatian League[edit]

28 games — 2007–2008 Dinamo Zagreb[49]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

25 games — 2003–2004 Celtic F.C.[49]

Ukrainian Premier League[edit]

24 games — 2012 F.C. Shakhtar Donetsk[50]

Eredivisie[edit]

22 games — 1987–1988 PSV Eindhoven[49]

Serie A[edit]

17 games — 2006–2007 F.C. Internazionale Milano[49]

La Liga[edit]

16 games — 2010–2011 F.C. Barcelona[51]

Chilean Primera División[edit]

16 games — 1963–1964 Club Universidad de Chile

Fußball-Bundesliga[edit]

15 games — 2005–2006 Bayern Munich[49]

Swedish League (Allsvenskan)[edit]

23 games — 1949-1950 Malmö FF (part of 49 games unbeaten streak)[52]

Major League Soccer[edit]

15 games — Los Angeles Galaxy[53]

Note: This streak was achieved when MLS used a shootout rule to eliminate tie games. Only one of those wins was achieved through a shootout. After the 1999 season, MLS abolished the shootout in favor of the international model of letting regular-season ties stand.

Premier League[edit]

14 games — Arsenal F.C.[49]

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A[edit]

12 games — 1978–1978 Guarani[49]

A-League[edit]

10 games — Western Sydney[54]

Unbeaten streaks[edit]

The three longest undefeated streaks in domestic top level leagues are:[55]

Note: Steaua București played 16 domestic cup games during the streak, of which only the first was lost. Overall, after a cup loss to Dinamo Bucuresti on 25 June 1986 to their league loss on 9 September 1989 to Dinamo, Steaua was undefeated in 119 consecutive domestic games.[56]


Australian rules football[edit]

Australian Football League[edit]

23 wins — 1952-53 Geelong

VFA/VFL[edit]

49 wins — 1914-19 North Melbourne

SANFL[edit]

30 wins — 1913-15 Port Adelaide

WAFL[edit]

35 wins — 1945-47 East Fremantle

Gridiron football[edit]

American football[edit]

National Football League[edit]
Consecutive games won (regular season and playoffs)

21 games — New England Patriots

Consecutive regular season games won

23 games — Indianapolis Colts

Consecutive home games won (regular season and playoffs)

29 games — Green Bay Packers

Consecutive regular season home games won

25 games — Green Bay Packers

Consecutive non-home games won (regular season, playoffs, and Super Bowls)

21 games — San Francisco 49ers

Consecutive road games won (regular season and playoffs)

19 games — San Francisco 49ers

Consecutive regular season road games won

18 games — San Francisco 49ers

College football[edit]

NCAA Division I

47 games — Oklahoma Sooners

Longest unbeaten streak

63 games (59–0–4) — Washington Huskies

NCAA Division II

40 games — Grand Valley State Lakers

Note: This streak includes playoff games.

NCAA Division III

55 games — Mount Union Purple Raiders

Note: This streak includes playoff games. Mount Union also holds the record for most consecutive regular season victories, winning 110 games between 1994–2005.

Special Note: Linfield College holds the NCAA all-divisions record of 56 consecutive winning seasons, which began in 1956 and continues to this day.

Arena football[edit]

AF2[edit]

24 wins — Quad City Steamwheelers

American Indoor Football Association[edit]

Consecutive Games Won (Regular Season and Playoffs)

16 wins — Baltimore Mariners

Consecutive Regular Season Games Won

15 wins — Baltimore Mariners

United Indoor Football[edit]

40 games — Sioux Falls Storm

Canadian football[edit]

Canadian Football League[edit]

22 games — Calgary Stampeders

Note: The streak only includes the regular season. It was also achieved back when the Stampeders played in the Western Interprovincial Football Union, which later became the Canadian Football League West Division. The CFL was not formally founded until 1958, although the records of the WIFU and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union in Eastern Canada (forerunner to the Canadian Football League East Division) were incorporated into the league.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport football[edit]

21 games — McMaster Marauders[58]

Note: The streak also includes playoff games.

Rugby union[edit]

Test matches[edit]

All nations

20 matches — Cyprus[59]

"Tier 1" nations

17 matches (tie)

Rugby league[edit]

Test match[edit]

Australian Kangaroos (30)

Club Rugby League[edit]

NSWRL - St. George Dragons - 11 Premierships from 1956 to 1966 also going undefeated in the year 1959

NSWRL - Eastern Suburbs Roosters (19) - Apr 13th, 1975 - vs. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to Aug 23rd, 1975 - vs. Newtown Jets

NRL - Canterbury Bulldogs (17) - Mar 31st, 2002 - vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons to Aug 3rd, 2002 - vs. North Queensland Cowboys

Super League - Bradford Bulls (21) - Aug 24th, 1996 - vs. Paris Saint-Germain Rugby League to Aug 22nd, 1997 - vs. Paris St Germain

Gaelic games[edit]

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

21 games — Kilkenny

Golf[edit]

Men's Major Championships[edit]

4 consecutive wins - Tiger Woods

In 1930, Bobby Jones won the 4 major championships that he, as an amateur, was eligible to enter - the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, the British Amateur Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Woods won what is often designted an official Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam, holding all major championship trophies at one time, but not in the same year.

PGA Tour[edit]

11 wins — 1945 Byron Nelson

LPGA Tour[edit]

5 wins (tie):

1978 — Nancy Lopez

2004-2005 — Annika Sörenstam

Gymnastics[edit]

Men[edit]

5 consecutive Men's Team all-around titles at Olympic Games — Japan

Women[edit]

10 consecutive Women's Team all-around titles at Olympic Games — USSR and Unified Team

Note: excluding boycotted Los Angeles Olympics

Handball[edit]

Women's Team[edit]

3 consecutive titles at World Women's Handball Championship

Hockey[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

World Championships[edit]

9 consecutive World Championships — USSR

National Hockey League[edit]

Longest Winning Streak by a Team

17 games — Pittsburgh Penguins

Note: This 6-6 tie ended the regular season. Pittsburgh won an additional three games to start the 1993 playoffs before losing for the first time in 21 games on April 25, 1993 to New Jersey, 1–4.

Longest Unbeaten Streak by a Team

35 Games — Philadelphia Flyers

Note: The 35 game stretch includes 10 ties.

Longest Winning Streak By a Goaltender

17 games — 1975–1976 Gilles Gilbert, Boston Bruins
Longest continuous shutout streak: 461 minutes, 29 seconds (7 games, 2 periods, 1 min, 29 seconds) Alec Connell (1927–28)

Canadian Hockey League[edit]

25 games — 1984 Kitchener Rangers[60]

Note: The London Knights hold the CHL record for the longest unbeaten streak with 31 games in 2004. During that streak, the Knights compiled a record of 29–0–2–0.[61]

American Hockey League[edit]

Consecutive Regular Season Games Won 32 games — Norfolk Admirals

Consecutive Games Won (Regular Season and Playoffs) 29 games --Norfolk Admirals[62]

(Note: The Norfolk Admirals franchise had their affiliation agreement with the Tampa Bay Lightning end after the 2011-12 AHL season,[63] losing its entire roster of players in the process. It began a new affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks [64] and the active 28-game streak carried over into the 2012-13 season despite the change)


National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Championship[edit]

62 games - Minnesota Golden Gophers women's ice hockey

Federal Hockey League[edit]

21 games — New York Aviators

Austrian Hockey League[edit]

17 games — EC KAC[66]

Elite Ice Hockey League[edit]

22 games — Cardiff Devils

British Columbia Hockey League[edit]

42 games — Penticton Vees

Roller Hockey[edit]

Championship A[edit]

4 consecutive gold medals at FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup

Lacrosse[edit]

College (USA)[edit]

Pre-NCAA - Men

45 games — Navy

NCAA Division I - Men

42 games — Cornell

NCAA Division I - Women

43 games — Maryland

Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association

33 games — Sonoma State University

National Lacrosse League[edit]

22 games — Buffalo Bandits

Marbles[edit]

12 consecutive titles at British and World Marbles Championship — Toucon Terribles

Mind sports[edit]

Chess[edit]

25 games — Wilhelm Steinitz

Memory[edit]

3 consecutive titles at the World Memory Championship

Pentamind[edit]

4 consecutive titles at the Mind Sports Olympiad — Demis Hassabis

Racquet sports[edit]

Badminton[edit]

Men's[edit]

Singles[edit]

5 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

Doubles[edit]

3 consecutive titles at World Championships

Team[edit]

5 consecutive titles at the World Team Championships

Women's[edit]

Singles[edit]

8 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

Doubles[edit]

10 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

5 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — China

Team[edit]

6 consecutive titles at the World Team Championships — China

Racquetball[edit]

137 matches — Kane Waselenchuk[67]

Squash[edit]

555 matches — Jahangir Khan

Note: This is the longest winning streak in sports history (in number of wins).

NB: Heather McKay (Australia) may hold a claim to having the longest winning streak as she went unbeaten for 19 years (1962–1981)

College teams (USA)[edit]

252 team meets — Trinity College Bantams Squash Team

Considered the longest winning streak in the history of varsity intercollegiate sports in the United States.[68]

Table Tennis[edit]

Men's[edit]

Singles[edit]

4 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsViktor Barna

6 consecutive titles at World Championships — Hungary

Doubles[edit]

10 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

5 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — China

Notes: The doubles events were replaced by team events in 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Team[edit]

6 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

Women's[edit]

Singles[edit]

6 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsAngelica Rozeanu [8]

7 consecutive titles at Olympic Games — China

10 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

Doubles[edit]

6 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsMária Mednyánszky and Anna Sipos

13 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

4 consecutive titles at Olympics Games — China

Notes: The doubles events were replaced by team events in 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Team[edit]

8 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

Mixed Doubles[edit]

11 consecutive titles at World Championships — China

Tennis[edit]

Top level amateur[edit]

182 matches — Suzanne Lenglen[69]

The withdrawal in the match to Mallory in 1921 ended a 112-match winning streak.

Between 1919 and 1938 Helen Wills Moody amassed a 398–35 match record, including a winning streak of at least 158 matches, during which she did not lose a set.[71]

Professional[edit]

Men[edit]

46 matches — Guillermo Vilas (Open era record)[72]

Note: Open era winning streaks on different playing surfaces are also recognized. Roger Federer holds the record for the longest winning streak on grass courts (65 matches) and hard courts (56 matches), Rafael Nadal holds the record for the longest winning streak on clay courts (81 matches), while Ivan Lendl holds the record for the longest winning streak on indoor courts (66 matches). Vilas won his 46 consecutive matches all on clay courts.[72]

Women[edit]

74 matchesMartina Navratilova

Note: Chris Evert currently holds the record for the longest winning streak on clay courts (125 matches), that is also the longest winning streak on single surface (male or female).

10 consecutive US Open women's doubles titlesMargaret Osborne duPont

Wheelchair[edit]

470 matches — Esther Vergeer

College (USA)[edit]

NCAA Men's Team[edit]

137 Matches — University of Miami

(Note: Miami had won 72 consecutive matches prior to the streak and had a 59 match streak before that. Between 1949-1964 Miami won 268 of 270 matches)

Home Winning Streak - Ohio State University

NCAA Women's Team[edit]

89 Matches — Stanford University

Rodeo[edit]

7 consecutive PRCA World All-Around Champion titles at the National Finals Rodeo — Trevor Brazile

Volleyball[edit]

Beach volleyball[edit]

112 match wins, 19 tournament wins — Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, United States

3 consecutive gold medals at Olympic GamesMisty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

Indoor Volleyball[edit]

Men's[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at FIVB Volleyball World Championship

Women's[edit]

3 consecutive gold medals at FIVB Volleyball World Championship — Soviet Union

4 consecutive gold medals at FIVB World Cup — Cuba

3 consecutive gold medals at Summer Olympics — Cuba

College Volleyball (USA)[edit]

Division I[edit]

109 matches — Penn State women's volleyball

Note: winner of 4 consecutive NCAA championships (2007–2010)

Division II[edit]

75 matches - Concordia University, Saint Paul women's volleyball

Note: winner of 6 consecutive NCAA championships (2007–2012)

Weightlifting[edit]

Olympics[edit]

3 consecutive Olympic gold medals (tie)

7 consecutive heavyweight Olympic titles — USSR

Note: excluding boycotted Los Angeles Olympics

6 consecutive super heavyweight Olympic titles — USSR

Note: excluding boycotted Los Angeles Olympics

World Championships[edit]

8 consecutive titles at World ChampionshipsVasiliy Alekseyev

Winter Sports[edit]

Biathlon[edit]

8 consecutive women's relay World Championships — USSR

Curling[edit]

Men's Team[edit]

6 consecutive gold medals at World Curling Championships - Canada

Women's Team[edit]

4 consecutive gold medals at World Curling Championships - Canada

Figure skating[edit]

3 consecutive Olympic gold medals

Ladies[edit]

10 consecutive titles at World Figure Skating ChampionshipsSonja Henie

Pairs[edit]

10 consecutive titles at World Figure Skating ChampionshipsIrina Rodnina

Note: winner of three consecutive Olympic titles from 1972 to 1980

10 consecutive titles at European Figure Skating ChampionshipsIrina Rodnina

12 consecutive Olympic titles — USSR, Unified Team and Russia

Note: this streak includes a win reduced to a draw after the 2002 Olympics.

14 consecutive titles at World Figure Skating Championships — USSR

17 consecutive titles at European Figure Skating Championships — USSR

Luge[edit]

Men's Single[edit]

3 consecutive men's singles World Championships — Germany

Women's Team[edit]

105 consecutive women's World Cup races — Germany [12]

Women's Single[edit]

11 consecutive women's singles World Championships — Germany

Doubles[edit]

5 consecutive double's World Championships — East Germany

Mixed Team Relay[edit]

10 consecutive mixed team relay World Championships — Germany

Skiing[edit]

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men's[edit]

14 consecutive giant slalom wins in FIS World Cup: Ingemar Stenmark, Sweden:

Women's[edit]

11 consecutive downhill wins in FIS World Cup: Annemarie Moser-Pröll, Austria:

Freestyle skiing[edit]

16 consecutive wins in FIS World Cup moguls skiing (individual and dual moguls) Hannah Kearney, USA

Speed skating[edit]

Long track[edit]

53 consecutive 5000 m races — Hjallis Andersen [13]

15 consecutive 10000m World Championships — Netherlands[74]

9 consecutive men's all-round World Championships — Netherlands

4 consecutive men's all-round World ChampionshipsSven Kramer

15 consecutive women's all-round World Championships — USSR

5 consecutive women's all-round World ChampionshipsGunda Niemann-Stirnemann

Short track[edit]

83 consecutive world cup, world championship, and Olympic 500 m races — Wang Meng [14]

Note: Wang Meng also has a current winning streak of six 500 m Short Track Speed Skating World Cups (2005–2010)

See also[edit]

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