Womens World Cup winners 2019 - team USA

2019 was a momentous year for women in sport, with many records being set for the first time, and other sporting records being broken after enduring for decades!

Let’s take a look at some of the big moments and records set by female athletes and teams in the world of sports,  2019-2020.

Darts: Fallon Sherrock – first ever woman to beat a man at the PDC World Championships

Fallon Sherrock Darts beats man PDC

25 year old English professional darts player Fallon Sherrock became the first ever woman to beat a man at the Professional Darts Corporation World Championships, beating Ted Evetts in the first round 3–2. She followed this up with a win over World 11th Seed Mensur Suljovic in the second round.

Thanks to Fallon Sherrock, darts is no longer a man’s world.

Boxing: Claressa Shields becomes undisputed women’s middleweight world boxing champion

On April 13, 2019, American boxer and two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields became the undisputed women’s middleweight world boxing champion, defeating Christina Hammer by unanimous decision to claim the fourth and final belt in the middleweight division. The defeat was Christine Hammer’s first defeat in 26th professional fights.

It is the first time all the governing bodies titles (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO) have been held by the same woman in the 160 pound division.

Gymnastics: Simone Biles is a 19-time gold medalist

22 year American Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in history in 2019, breaking Vitaly Scherbo’s medal record when claiming her 25th at the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. At the 2019 competition In Stuttgart Biles won five separate disciplines – the all-around, the balance beam, the floor exercise, the vault and the team events.

19 of Biles’ 25 medals are gold, and she will be the one to watch at the Tokyo 2020 Games where she will undoubtedly be hoping to add the four Olympic gold medals she won in Rio, aged just 19.

Athletics: Sifan Hassan does remarkable double & breaks 22 year old mile record

Ethiopian-born Dutch middle- and long-distance runner Sifan Hassan did the double, winning both the 1500m and the 10,000m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships. On 12 July 2019, Hassan entered mile run at the Herculis meet in Fontvieille, Monaco where she broke an almost 23-year-old world record.with her final time of 4:12:33.

Soccer: Manchester City vs Manchester United sets record Women’s Super League attendance

By November 2019, total attendance for all Women’s Super League matches the  2019/20 season had already surpassed that for the whole of the 2018/19 campaign. The opening weekend derby game between rivals Manchester City and Manchester United  (the first time the two sides had ever met) had attendance of in excess of 31,000 people.

Golf: Jin Young Ko’s 114 hole bogeyless run beats Tiger Woods’ Record

jin young ko bogey record

Golfer Jin Young Ko cemented an incredible feat into the golf history books in 2019. The South Korean ended a streak of going 114 holes without hitting a single bogey at the 2019 Cambia Portland Classic. Ko, the Rolex world No. 1 eclipsed Tiger Woods’ record of a 110 bogey-free holes in 2000. The streak ended when Ko had a par on the eighth, only to miss a 3-foot putt for par on the ninth.

“Now it’s done,” Ko said. “I’m free.”

Cricket: Australia’s incredible ODI winning streak

While Australia’s 3-0 victory in their one-day international series against Sri Lanka looked like nothing particularly amazing on the face of it, the third and final win was record-breaking in women’s cricket.

With their eighteenth successive one-day-international victory (a run that spans almost two years and which eclipses their own previously held record of seventeen wins on the trot back in the 90’s) the Australian women’s team could break their Australian men’s cricket record of 23 ODI wins in a row.

Athletics: Brigid Kosgei smashes Paula Radcliffe’s marathon time by 81 seconds

Brigid Kosgei

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei has etched her name into the history books of sport with one of the greatest running performances ever.

25-year-old  Kosgei smashed the women’s marathon record held for 16-years by Paula Radcliffe by more than a minute, recording a time of two hours 14 minutes 04 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon, easily besting Radcliffe’s record of 2:15:25 which was set at the London Marathon in 2003.

Dina Asher-Smith gives Britain its first world sprint title

After winning Silver in the 100 meters race behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Dina Asher-Smith improved to win the gold, Great Britain’s first ever world sprinting gold medal  – in the 200 meters race at the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Soccer: USA win fourth Women’s World Cup and break every record under the Sun


The US Women’s football team set and broke a multitude of soccer records at the 2019 World Cup.

  • Second team ever (after Germany)to retain the Women’s World Cup.
  • Team Scored the Most Goals in a Single Women’s World Cup (26 goals)
  • First side to win the Women’s World Cup four times.
  • The Team scored the most goals in group play in Women’s World Cup history
  • Team Set a Record For Goals Scored in Women’s World Cup Play (50 games, 138 goals, while conceding just 38 goals – the most dominant team in history)
  • Record number of players (7) scored for the US Women’s Soccer Team during Its 13-0 match against Thailand
  • The US Women’s soccer team scored the most goals in a single Women’s World Cup game in History (13)
  • Alex Morgan Scored the most individual goals in a single women’s World Cup game (5 goals vs Thailand).
  • The US Women’s Soccer Team scored the fastest 4 goals in a Women’s World Cup match (The USA’s fourth and seventh goals in the game against Thailand were scored in just six minutes –  the quickest four goals that have ever been scored since the inception of the competition in 1991.)
  • The team had the most Consecutive wins in Women’s World Cup History (12, beating a record set by Norway in 1999 of 11 consecutive wins)

GAA Football: Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Ladies Soccer final has record attendance

GAA Womens final new attendance record set

Interest and support for women in sport is evident in Ireland where this year’s GAA Women’s football final saw a rise of over 10% attendance year on year, with a total attendance of 56,114 – setting a new record. To give this milestone extra context, that figure is just 2000 short of the crowd size that attended the 2019 Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, France in Summer 2019.

Thomas Nielsen

A sports-journalist & Las Vegas native, Thomas lives for professional basketball, NFL, college football and Ice-Hockey. When he is not watching sports (or analyzing sports data), he can usually be found reading a book in a secluded corner. Tom is also a contributor at GamblingIndustryNews.com & Vegas-Odds.com.