Harold Poole

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Harold Poole (December 25, 1943 – August 7, 2014) was a AAU, IFBB and WBBG professional bodybuilder.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky Poole's athleticism was apparent very early on. He was quarterback on his football team at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, placed fourth in the state high school wrestling championships, ran 440 yards in 50 seconds and put the 12 pound shot 55 feet.

In 1960, Poole entered the AAU Mr. America and, at the age of 16, took 18th place. His final AAU teen opportunity came in June 1963, where he won most muscular, but was the runner-up to Vern Weaver. Three months later, Poole switched to the IFBB and, at age 19, he won the Mr. Universe. In 1964, he became the first African-American to be named IFBB Mr. America. Starting in 1965, Poole became the only man to compete in the first three Mr. Olympia contests finishing runner-up to Larry Scott in the first two Olympias.

He retired from bodybuilding competition following the 1982 IFBB Night Of Champions, where he placed outside the top 10. He lived in Florida, where he continued to train with weights and practice martial arts until the end of 2010, when he moved to New York City. He was inducted to the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004 and the WBBG Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008, Poole was voted the Greatest Teenage Bodybuilder of All-Time.

Harold Poole died in New York City on August 7, 2014.[1]

Competition and award history[edit]


Mr America - AAU, 18th

Mr Mid-America - AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd


Mr America - AAU, 4th

Junior Mr America - AAU, Overall Winner


Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st

Mr America - AAU, 2nd

Mr North America - AAU, Winner


Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st

Mr America - AAU, 2nd

Teen Mr America - AAU, 2nd

Universe - IFBB, Tall, 1st

Universe - IFBB, Overall Winner


Mr America - IFBB, Tall, 1st

Mr America - IFBB, Overall Winner


Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Pro Mr America - WBBG, Winner

Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Pro Mr America - WBBG, Winner


Mr USA - IFBB, Tall, 1st


Mr World - IFBB, Tall, 3rd


Night of Champions - IFBB, 12th


Grand Prix California - IFBB, 7th

Grand Prix New England - IFBB, 9th

Night of Champions - IFBB, 6th

Canada Pro Cup - IFBB, 8th


World Pro Championships - IFBB, 9th


IFBB Hall of Fame


WBBG Hall of Fame

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