Harold Poole

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Harold Poole (b. December 25, 1943 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a former AAU, IFBB and WBBG professional bodybuilder.

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. The next year, 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.

He retired from bodybuilding competition following the 1982 IFBB Night Of Champions where he placed out of the top 10.

Today he currently lives in New York where he continues to train with weights and practice Martial Arts. He was inducted to the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004 and the WBBG Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008 Harold was voted the Greatest Teenage Bodybuilder of All-Time.


Competition & Award history


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


Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Pro Mr America - WBBG, Winner

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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