60-s-Harold-Poole-Bodybuilder-de-legendsevolutionofbodybuilding.net sadly announces the passing away of bodybuilding legend Harold Poole.

Harold Poole was born onDecember 25, 1943 and died on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. Harold Poole was 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. 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 quietly passed away in New York City on August 7, 2014.

Competition history

1960
Mr America – AAU, 18th
Mr Mid-America – AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd

1961
Mr America – AAU, 4th
Junior Mr America – AAU, Overall Winner

1962
Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Mr America – AAU, 2nd
Mr North America – AAU, Winner

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Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Mr America – AAU, 2nd
Teen Mr America – AAU, 2nd
Universe – IFBB, Tall, 1st
Universe – IFBB, Overall Winner

1964
Mr America – IFBB, Tall, 1st
Mr America – IFBB, Overall Winner

1965
Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd

1966
Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd

1967
Pro Mr America – WBBG, Winner
Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd

1968
Pro Mr America – WBBG, Winner

1971
Mr USA – IFBB, Tall, 1st

1972
Mr World – IFBB, Tall, 3rd

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Night of Champions – IFBB, 12th

1981
Grand Prix California – IFBB, 7thȚ
Grand Prix New England – IFBB, 9th
Night of Champions – IFBB, 6th
Canada Pro Cup – IFBB, 8th

1982
World Pro Championships – IFBB, 9th

2004
Inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame

2007
Inducted into the WBBG Hall of Fame