Bodybuilding Albert Beckles 82

Bodybuilding legend Albert Beckles turns 82.

Throughout the history of bodybuilding we have seen many athletes grace the stage.

Some athletes have tried to stay with the pack but unfortunately they either retire early in their career or just walk away from the sport.

In modern day bodybuilding we have Dexter Jackson. The younger generation hail him for maintaining a physique that can go up against athletes more than half his age.

Dexter still looks fantastic at 51, but the younger generation of bodybuilding fans probably have no idea that legendary bodybuilder Albert Beckles competed until he was 53.

In fact, at the age of 53, Beckles won the Niagara Falls Invitational.

Albert Beckles was born in Barbados but then emigrated to London.

In the mid-1960s, Beckles won several British regional titles before winning the 1969 and 1970 NABBA Mr. Britain titles. In 1971, Beckles joined the IFBB, earning the overall at the IFBB “Mr. Universe.”




Beckles was one of the most active participants in bodybuilding history, having competed in over 100 contests.

Career Highlights

Some career highlights are winning the Night of Champions in 1982, at the age of 44.

Albert competed at the Mr. Olympia 13 times in his career. His best placing was second against Lee Haney in 1985 at the age of 47.

In 1991, Albert won the Niagara Falls Invitational at the age of 53, an incredible accomplishment.

Beckles was an active competitor for 27 years and he was a very familiar face in the top ten in the majority of contests that he competed in.

In his retirement, Beckles had to have major back surgery which he said he almost died from during a interview with Rick Drasin.

Evolutionofbodybuilding.net would like to wish Albert a Happy and Healthy Birthday.

Listen to Albert Beckles’ interview on John Hansen’s Bodybuilding Legends Podcast – Click HERE

Editor’s note

Musclememory.com states Albert was born on 14 July, 1938.

On John Hansen’s Bodybuilding Legends podcast, Albert confirmed he was born on 14 July, 1936.

 


Competition History

1965
Mr Universe – NABBA, Medium, 3rd

1966
Mr Britain – NABBA, 5th
Mr Universe – NABBA, Medium, 6th

1967
Mr Britain – NABBA, 3rd
Mr Universe – NABBA, Medium, 1st

1968
Mr Britain – NABBA, 2nd

1969
Mr Britain – NABBA, 2nd
Mr Universe – NABBA, Medium, 3rd
Mr World – IFBB, Medium, 2nd

1970
Mr Britain – NABBA, Winner
Mr Europe, Overall Winner
Mr Europe, Medium, 1st
Mr Universe – NABBA, Medium, 2nd

1971
Mr Britain – NABBA, Winner
Universe – IFBB, Overall Winner
Universe – IFBB, Medium, 1st
Mr Universe – NABBA, Medium, 1st
Mr World – AAU, Winner
Mr World – AAU, Medium, 1st
Mr World – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st

1973
Mr Europe – IFBB, Overall Winner
Mr Europe – IFBB, Medium, 1st
Universe – IFBB, Medium, 1st

1975
Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 3rd
Universe – IFBB, Medium, 2nd

1977
Olympia – IFBB, 7th
Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 4th

1978
Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 8th

1979
Best in the World – IFBB, Professional, 3rd
Grand Prix Pennsylvania – IFBB, 3rd
Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 7th
Universe – Pro – IFBB, 2nd
World Pro Championships – IFBB, 2nd

1980
Universe – Pro – IFBB, 4th
World Pro Championships – IFBB, 4th

1981
Canada Pro Cup – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Belgium – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix California – IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Louisiana – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Massachusets – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix New England – IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix Wales – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix World Cup – IFBB, 6th
Night of Champions – IFBB, 2nd
Professional World Cup – IFBB, 6th
World Grand Prix – IFBB, 2nd

1982
Grand Prix Belgium – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Sweden – IFBB, 4th
Night of Champions – IFBB, Winner
Olympia – IFBB, 5th
World Pro Championships – IFBB, Winner

1983
Grand Prix England – IFBB, 5th
Grand Prix Las Vegas – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Portland – IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Sweden – IFBB, 5th
Grand Prix Switzerland – IFBB, 5th
Night of Champions – IFBB, 3rd
Olympia – IFBB, 7th

1984
Canada Pro Cup – IFBB, Winner
Olympia – IFBB, 4th
World Grand Prix – IFBB, Winner
World Pro Championships – IFBB, Winner

1985
Night of Champions – IFBB, Winner
Olympia – IFBB, 2nd

1986
Olympia – IFBB, 4th

1987
Grand Prix France – IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Germany (2) – IFBB, 6th
Grand Prix Germany – IFBB, 4th
Olympia – IFBB, 7th
World Pro Championships – IFBB, 3rd

1988
Chicago Pro Championships – IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix England – IFBB, 7th
Grand Prix France – IFBB, 11th
Grand Prix Germany – IFBB, 8th
Grand Prix Italy – IFBB, 8th
Grand Prix Spain (2) – IFBB, 8th
Grand Prix Spain – IFBB, 7th
Night of Champions – IFBB, 5th
Olympia – IFBB, 15th
World Pro Championships – IFBB, 10th

1989
Arnold Classic – IFBB, 7th
Grand Prix England – IFBB, 9th
Grand Prix Finland – IFBB, 9th
Grand Prix France – IFBB, 9th
Grand Prix Holland – IFBB, 11th
Grand Prix Melbourne – IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Spain (2) – IFBB, 10th
Grand Prix Spain – IFBB, 10th
Grand Prix Sweden – IFBB, 9th
Grand Prix US Pro – IFBB, 4th
Night of Champions – IFBB, 8th
Olympia – IFBB, 15th
World Pro Championships – IFBB, 4th

1990
Arnold Classic – IFBB, 9th
Houston Pro Championships – IFBB, 11th
Niagara Falls Pro Invitational – IFBB, 12th
Night of Champions – IFBB, Did not place

1991
Grand Prix Denmark – IFBB, 7th
Grand Prix England – IFBB, 7th
Grand Prix Finland – IFBB, 9th
Grand Prix Italy – IFBB, 8th
Grand Prix Spain – IFBB, 9th
Grand Prix Switzerland – IFBB, 8th
Niagara Falls Pro Invitational – IFBB, Winner
Night of Champions – IFBB, 7th
Olympia – IFBB, Did not place
Pittsburgh Pro Invitational – IFBB, 12th
San Jose Pro Invitational – IFBB, 5th

1992
Chicago Pro Championships – IFBB, 16th
Niagara Falls Pro Invitational – IFBB, 8th