Someone who has won first place in a competition(noun)
WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.
Use "title-holder" in a sentence
"He was beaten by the Commonwealth title-holder as an amateur but DeGale does not envisage any such problems now they are among the paid ranks and views Groves as the latest patsy in the way of his rise to the stars."
"He has long since surpassed the previous title-holder, producer Irwin Allen ( "The Poseidon Adventure," "The Towering Inferno"), to become the Cecil B. DeMille of his generation, purveying jaw-dropping sensation yoked to cheap sentiment and appallingly (or is that appealingly?) flimsy characterizations."
"Olympic champion Usain Bolt smashed his own record to end the reign of 100-meter title-holder Tyson Gay at the world athletics championships in Berlin on Sunday night."