Mohamed Makkawy was born on August 29, 1943 in Panta, Egypt with perfect genetics for a professional bodybuilder. Showing balance symmetry and proportion he won the first bodybuilding competition that he ever entered which was the Mr. Egypt in 1969.
He had started off his training with weights at the Arab Contractor’s Club when he moved from his small town where he was born to Cairo. He worked as a translator of English and French from Arabic when he won that first competition.
Motivated by his first win Mohamed started to train seriously and started winning more competitions and won the 1972, 1974 and 1976 Mr. Mediterranean. He also won the short class at the IFBB Mr.Universe competition in 1976.
He finally got his Pro-card in 1977 when he placed second in the lightweight class at the Mr.Universe competition. He then decided to compete as a professional and relocated to Toronto, Canada. But competitive bodybuilding is a tough game and his first IFBB pro contest he placed in seventh-place at the 1978 Pro World.
But Mohamed was a born fighter and did not give up competing at the Pro World championships which he did over a dozen times during his career only to finally win the competition in 1983 after attempting every year for five years. He then set his sights on winning the Mr.Olympia title and got a 7th placed tie in the 1982 Olympia.
He later won the Grand Prix, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, and then went on to repeat that placing in Antwerp, Belgium. When Mohamed won the World Pro Championships in 1983, he had won three consecutive IFBB shows placing above the great Lee Haney who placed in third position, which was his pro debut.
Haney and Makkawy where going to go head to head eight times in their bodybuilding careers with Mohamed winning five of those eight meetings. In the 1984 as well as the 1985 Olympias Haney managed to defeat Makkawy, who decided to retire from competitive bodybuilding for a few years.
As mentioned above Mohamed is a born fighter and he decided to return to the sport at the age of 43, Makkawy and went on to compete six times which placed him in the top 10 professional bodybuilders over the next two years.
After a competitive career that lasted for 21 years he managed to gain a total of six IFBB wins in a total of 29 contests. Standing at only 5’4” he was a man that could stand tall both academically and physically. His excellent and poetic posing together with his perfectly balanced proportions will leave an indelible mark on bodybuilding.
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