World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships

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The competition

The World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships (formerly IFBB Mr. Universe) is a bodybuilding contest organised by the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB) and first held in 1959. The name was changed in 1976 to avoid confusion with the NABBA Mr. Universe.

Winners[edit]

Men[edit]

Bodybuilding[edit]

Year Location Overall Winner Country
1959 Montreal, Canada Eddie Sylvestre  Mexico
1960 Montreal, Canada Chuck Sipes  United States
1961 No Contest
1962 New York, USA George Eiferman  United States
1963 New York, USA Harold Poole  United States
1964 New York, USA Larry Scott  United States
1965 New York, USA Earl Maynard  Barbados
1966 New York, USA Dave Draper  United States
1967 Montreal, Canada Sergio Oliva  Cuba
1968 Miami, USA Frank Zane  United States
1969 New York, USA Arnold Schwarzenegger  Austria
1970 Belgrade, Yugoslavia Franco Columbu  Italy
1971 Paris, France Albert Beckles  Barbados
1972 Baghdad, Iraq Ed Corney  United States
1973 Geneva, Switzerland Lou Ferrigno  United States
1974 Verona, Italy Lou Ferrigno  United States
1975 Pretoria, South Africa Ken Waller  United States
1976 Montreal, Canada Roger Walker  Australia
1977 Nîmes, France Kalman Szkalak  Hungary
1978 Acapulco, Mexico Mike Mentzer  United States
1979 Columbus, USA David Souza  United States
1980 Manila, Philippines Harry Sack  United States
1981 Cairo, Egypt Lance Dreher  United States
1982 Brugge, Belgium Dale Ruplinger  United States
1983 Singapore Bob Paris  United States
1984 Las Vegas, USA Mike Christian  United States
1985 Gothenburg, Sweden David Souza  United States
1986 Tokyo, Japan Ralf Möller  Germany
1987 Madrid, Spain Ralf Möller  Germany
1988 Brisbane, Australia Premchand Degra  India
1989 Paris, France Jean-Luc Favre   Switzerland
1990 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tommy Rodrigues  Australia
1991 Katowice, Poland Tommy Rodrigues  Australia
1992 Graz, Austria David Souza  United States
1993 Seoul, South Korea Clany D'Souza  United States
1994 Shanghai, China Clany D'Souza  United States
1995 Guam USA Agathoklis Agathokleous  Cyprus
1996 Amman, Jordan Jeno Kiss  Hungary
1997 Prague, Czech Republic Ahmad Haidar  Lebanon
1998 İzmir, Turkey Hamdullah Aykutlug  Turkey
1999 Bratislava, Slovakia Jaroslav Horvath  Slovakia
2000 Malacca, Malaysia Sergey Dmitriev  Belarus
2001 Yangon, Myanmar Thomas Scheu  Germany
2002 Cairo, Egypt Jose Carlos Santos  Brazil
2003 Mumbai, India El Shahat Mabrouk  Egypt
2004 Moscow, Russia Olegas Zhuras  Lithuania
2005 Shanghai, China Dennis Wolf  Germany
2006 Ostrava, Czech Republic Ali Tabrizi  Iran
2007 Jeju City, South Korea Robert Piotrkowicz  Poland
2008 Manama, Bahrain Ali Tabrizi  Iran
2009 Doha, Qatar Ali Tabrizi  Iran
2010 Baku, Azerbaijan Mohammed Touri  Morocco
2011 Mumbai, India Sami Al-Haddad  Bahrain
2012 Guayaquil, Ecuador Salah Abufanas  Libya
2013 Marrakesh, Morocco Mohamed Zakaria  Egypt
Classes[edit]

From 1959-1969 there was just one category of competition - open. In 1970 the competition was split into three height classes: Short (under and including 5'5"), Medium (under and including 5'8"), and Tall (over 5'8") with an overall winner also decided. In 1976 they were abandoned in favour of weight classes. These have changed over the years but as of 2005 they are (weight in brackets is the maximum for this category):

  • Bantam weight - Up to & Incl. 65 kg (143 lbs)
  • Light weight - Up to & Incl. 70 kg (154 lbs)
  • Welter weight - Up to & Incl. 75 kg (165 lbs)
  • Light-Middle weight - Up to & Incl. 80 kg (176 lbs)
  • Middle weight - Up to & Incl. 85 kg (187 lbs)
  • Light-Heavy - weight Up to & Incl. 90 kg (198 lbs)
  • Heavy weight - Up to & Incl. 100 kg (220 lbs)
  • Super-Heavy weight - Over 100 kg (220+ lbs)

An overall winner award was not awarded between 1976 and 1995. In 2006, overall winner awards were awarded in both the bodybuilding and classic bodybuilding disciplines.

Women[edit]

Bodybuilding[edit]

Year Overall HeavyWeight MiddleWeight LightWeight Junior Junior - HeavyWeight Junior - LightWeight Masters Overall Team Trophy Team Posing Trophy Most Improved Athlete Bodybuilding Venue
1983 Sweden Inger Zetterquist Netherlands Erika Mes London, England, UK
1984 United States Clare Furr Netherlands Ellen Van Maris Brisbane, Australia
1985 France Dominique Darde Netherlands Juliette Bergmann
1986 United States Cathy Palyo Germany Gundi Froder Germany Renate Holland
1987 United States Janice Graser United States Renee Casella United States Charla Sedacca
1988 United States Laura Creavalle Sweden Veronica Dahlin United States Janet Tech
1989 Netherlands Lenie Tops Canada Lynn Lemieux Netherlands Ina Lopulesa
1990 Sweden Yvonne Rosell Germany Jutta Tippelt Czechoslovakia Zuzanna Korinkova
1991 Hungary Gabriella Szikszay Germany Diana Gimmler United States Sally Gomez
1992 United States Yolanda Hughes-Heying United States Skye Ryland Czechoslovakia Eva Sukupova
1993 Germany Sabine Froschauer France Frederique Auchart France Veronique Gady
1994 Lithuania Natalja Murnikoviene Germany Karin Petz France Christine Noel Borlange, Sweden
1995 Germany Beatrix Gluck Finland Marjo Krishi Germany Beatrix Gluck Singapore Jolo Sinclair Germany Germany Belgium Belgium Finland Marjo Krishi Brugge, Belgium
1996 Czech Republic Zdenka Tvrda Estonia Inna Uit Ukraine Irina Petrenko United States United States Rimini, Italy
1997 Ukraine Valentina Chepiga Austria Beate Drabing Ukraine Valentina Chapiga United States Peggy Schoolcraft Sportshall Pasienky, Bratislava, Slovakia
1998 Spain Susana Alonso Spain Susana Alonso Turkey Tülay Caner-Ozbek Romania Irina Muntean Centro de Tecnificacion de Alicante, Alicante, Spain
1999 Poland Ewa Krynska Poland Ewa Krynska Austria Susanne Niederhauser Switzerland Brigitte Schori Sydney Superdome, Sydney, Australia
2000 Germany Conny Junker Germany Conny Junker Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Poland Natalia Proskouriakova Poland Poland Warsaw, Poland
2001 Czech Republic Barbora Mrazkova Ukraine Olga Kolot Czech Republic Barbora Mrazkova Ukraine Olena Alloyarova Russia Ekaterina Soursiakova Czech Republic Michaela Kohutova Germany Cornelia Junker
2002 Czech Republic Zdenka Razymova Romania Irina Nicoleta Muntean Russia Natalia Proskouriakova Czech Republic Michaela Kohutova Germany Christine Brings
2003 Romania Monica Muresan Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Guam Lori Helene Hayden Czech Republic Michaela Kohutova Spain Pilar Alcaide
2004 United States Colette Nelson Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Russia Svetlana Lomachevskaya Romania Florina Cernat Hungary Erika Taksony
2005 Russia Svetlana Lomachevskaya Poland Agnieszka Ryk Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Russia Svetlana Lomachevskaya Romania Florina Cernat Lithuania Alina Cepurniene
2006 Italy Claudia Partenza Russia Elena Shportun Lithuania Alina Cepurniene Italy Claudia Partenza Romania Florina Cernat Italy Claudia Partenza
2007 Russia Elena Shportun Russia Elena Shportun Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Sweden Erika Andresson New Zealand Joanne Stewart
2008 Romania Alina Popa Romania Alina Popa Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Russia Syuzanna Balakina Germany Violette Schwarz
2009 Germany Simone Linay Romania Irina Nicoleta Muntean Romania Liliana Pall Germany Violett Schwartz
2010 Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Czech Republic Jana Stockelova Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Germany Melissa Geimer Germany Violette Schwarz
2011 Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Germany Nina Loebardt Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Romania Liliana Pall Lithuania Elena Stasiukyniene
2012 United Kingdom Rene Campbell United Kingdom Rene Campbell Slovakia Jana Purdjakova Bolivia Sana Muslic Russia Marina Nikotina
2013 Russia Beatrice Mihaela Serban Romania Natalia Vtyurina Russia Olga Beliakova

Medal winners[edit]

List of World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships medalists

See also[edit]

External links[edit]