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    Who is presently the longest incumbent world champion?

    Or, in sports that don't have a world championship that is recognised as the big thing, the world number one where that is a proxy?

    Michael van Gerwen has been ranked world number one in darts since 2014 but has only actually been world champion in three of those years (I think), so that would be an example of where more people refer to the champion than the number one and it's not van Gerwen at present.

    Is it Marc Marquez, in Moto GP, who has been world champion and de facto number one in each of the last four years?

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    Magnus Carlsen has been world number 1 since 1st January 2010 and Clasical Chess world champion since 22nd November 2013.

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      #3
      Well, I beat my brother in the Kitchen Towel Throwing World Championship in 1989, and nobidy has challenged me t the title since. So I think I'm still Kitchen Towel Throwing World Champion after 30 years.

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        Hakuhō Shō has been pretty much unstoppable in Sumo since he became yokozuna in 2010.

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          #5

          The IBF, WBC, IBO, WBO and WBA. The current longest-reigning champion is Wanheng Menayothin at minimumweight. Wanheng has ruled since 2014.

          Had to Google this obviously.

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            #6
            Nobody currently has been at No. 1 as long as West Indies and Australia were in 1978-1995 and around 1996-2008 respectively. OTOH cricket is a small field with only around 6 realistic contenders for No. 1 (or who have ever been No. 1).

            Don Bradman was No. 1 batsman for 18 years or so, 1930 until retirement. Had he not retired, he'd have done 20 years.

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              Originally posted by G-Man View Post
              Well, I beat my brother in the Kitchen Towel Throwing World Championship in 1989, and nobidy has challenged me t the title since. So I think I'm still Kitchen Towel Throwing World Champion after 30 years.
              The rules for this intrigue me. Was it a target contest or distance? And if distance, were you allowed to knot the towel up into a ball?

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                #8
                Competitive stone skimming has been dominated by Dougie Isaacs for as long as I can remember, with Ron Long matching him in the veterans category.

                I didn’t go to last years event but my mate Mike reckons a Hungarian beat him.

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                  If I find the right stone and the sea conditions are calm I can get a consistant 18 or so on Wembury Beach. My best is in the low 20s as the last few skips are notoriously hard to count, but to find the record is 88 has knocked all sense at being any good at skimming stones out of me. That's just crazy bouncing.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by G-Man View Post
                    Well, I beat my brother in the Kitchen Towel Throwing World Championship in 1989, and nobidy has challenged me t the title since. So I think I'm still Kitchen Towel Throwing World Champion after 30 years.
                    And there was me thinking that my 17 year reign as Washing Machine Football World Champion would be tough to beat.

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