Walking and posing like an Egyptian, Makkawy won his debut contest in 1969 – the Mr. Egypt. He had trained at the Arab Contractor’s Club in Cairo, and his later work as a translator of English, French and Arabic allowed this 5’4” man to stand tall academically and physically.
Early contest achievements include winning the 1972, 1974 and 1976 Mr. Mediterranean. Also in 1976, at 153 pounds, he won the short class at the Mr. Universe in a year in which no overall winner was declared. He earned his pro card at the 1977 Mr. Universe after placing second in the lightweight class, and he relocated to Toronto , Canada, where he currently resides.
His IFBB pro contests began with a seventh-place finish at the 1978 Pro World. Makkawy tried another dozen times for a win, and it came in his fifth year on the pro circuit. After a seventh-place tie in the 1982 Olympia, he won the Grad Prix in Stockholm, Sweden, and repeated the feat in Antwerp, Belgium, to end his season.
At the World Pro Championships in 1983, Makkawy won his third consecutive IFBB show, while Lee Haney placed third in his pro debut that day. In all, Makkawy would place ahead of Haney in five of their eight encounters in 1983. In the 1984 and 1985 Olympias, Haney defeated Makkawy, who then retired from competition for a dozen years.
At age 43, Makkawy again smelled the posing oil and applied it six more times, breaking into the top 10 only once during the next two years.
His pleasing symmetrical physique showcased by great posing had given way to mass monsters, so he retired with an overall IFBB record of six wins in 29 contest, spread over 21 years.
1972IFBB Universe Short, 3rd
1974IFBB Universe Short, 2nd
1975 IFBB Mr. International Short & Overall, 1st
1977 IFBB Mr. International Lightweight & Overall, 1st
1977 IFBB Universe Lightweight, 2nd
1978 Mr. Olympia Lightweight, 6th
1978 IFBB Professional World Cup 7th
1978 IFBB USA vs. the World Lightweight, 4th
1979 IFBB Canada Diamond Pro Cup 8th
1979 IFBB Grand Prix Pennsylvania Did Not Place
1979 IFBB Grand Prix Vancouver Did Not Place
1980 IFBB Canada Pro Cup 9th
1980 IFBB Night of Champions 8th
1980 IFBB Universe – Pro 6th
1980 IFBB World Pro Championships 5th
1981 IFBB Canada Pro Cup 10th
1981 IFBB Grand Prix Belgium 10th
1981 IFBB Grand Prix Belgium 9th
1981 IFBB Grand Prix Wales 8th
1982 IFBB Grand Prix Belgium 1st
1982 IFBB Grand Prix Sweden 1st
1982 IFBB Night of Champions 4th
1982 Mr. Olympia 7th
1982 IFBB World Pro Championships 6th
1983 IFBB Grand Prix England 1st
1983 IFBB Grand Prix Las Vegas 8th
1983 IFBB Grand Prix Sweden 1st
1983 IFBB Grand Prix Switzerland 1st
1983 IFBB Olympia 2nd
1983 IFBB World Pro Championships 1st
1984 Mr. Olympia 2nd
1985 Mr. Olympia 4th
1997 IFBB Canada Pro Cup 19th
1997 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational Did Not Place
1997 IFBB Night of Champions 16th
1998 IFBB Master’s Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 7th
1998 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational 17th
1999 IFBB Night of Champions Did Not Place
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