Karl Kainrath universe dies

Karl Kainrath, former Mr. Universe dies at 77.

It is with sadness that we report another death in the bodybuilding and fitness world.

Karl Kainrath passed away suddenly in Graz, Austria at the age of 77. He was born on 22 September, 1942

A dedicated athlete, Karl continued to train until the day he died.

Karl Kainrath, a former IFBB Mr. Universe, had an incredibly long career as an amateur athlete with NABBA and the IFBB.

Karl competed between 1969 and 1983 to then return to the stage in 2008 for the IFBB World Amateur Championships over 60 category.

Karl’s best years were between 1969 and 1976 as he was a consistent top three finisher. He went on to win the IFBB Mr. Universe in 1970.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Karl were very good friends. The two Austrians trained with each other and also competed against each other throughout their bodybuilding careers.

Karl and Arnold Schwarzenegger shared the bodybuilding stage during their NABBA amateur years and remained very close friends throughout their life.




When Arnold Schwarzenegger would travel to Austria, Karl would always take the time to meet him.

Evolutionofbodybuilding.net would like to thank bodybuilding historian Si Sweeney for his valuable contribution.

Karl Kainrath’s Photo Gallery – Click HERE

Karl Kainrath’s official YouTube page – Click HERE

Evolutionofbodybuilding.net send our deepest condolences to Karl’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Competition History

1969
Mr Europe – IFBB, Tall, 2nd
Mr Universe – NABBA, Tall, 3rd

1970
Mr Europe – IFBB, Tall, 2nd
Universe – IFBB, Tall, 1st
Mr Universe – NABBA, Tall, 4th

1971
Mr Europe – IFBB, Tall, 3rd

1972
Mr Europe – IFBB, Tall, 3rd

1976
Mr Europe – IFBB, Tall, 2nd
Universe – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 3rd

1977
European Amateur Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 6th
Universe – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 5th

1978
World Amateur Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 7th

1979
World Amateur Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 7th

1980
World Amateur Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 4th

1983
World Amateur Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 5th

2008
World Amateur Championships – IFBB, Masters 60+, 12th