Samir Bannout - Mr. Olympia

Samir Bannout – Mr. Olympia 1983.

Samir Bannout (Born November 7, 1955 in Beirut, Lebanon) is an IFBB professional bodybuilder.

Known as “the Lion of Lebanon”, Samir Bannout won the Mr. Olympia title in 1983. At that time, only 6 men had held this most prestigious title since the contest was first introduced in 1965. Many of them, obviously, held the title for several years, Bannout won it just once, a distinction shared with Chris Dickerson (1982) and Dexter Jackson (2008). Samir has appeared on the covers of many fitness and bodybuilding publications, including Strength and Health, MuscleMag International, Muscle Digest, Flex, Muscle Training Illustrated, Muscle and Fitness, Muscle Up, IronMan and Muscular Development magazines.

Samir_BannoutSamir Bannout first moved to Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. He competed at the amateur level and achieved IFBB pro status by winning his light-heavyweight class at the 1979 IFBB World Amateur Championships.

By this time Samir had already relocated to Santa Monica, California. Bannout took 4th place at the 1982 Mr. Olympia contest and returned the following year to finally take home the title in 1983. The contest was held in Munich, Germany that year and after a year of intense preparation, Samir finally lifted the Mr Olympia title.

The extreme muscular definition that Bannout was able to achieve in his lower back region helped to shape “Lebanon Cedar” when referring the shape made visible during a back pose on the competition stage.

After placing 6th at the 1984 Olympia, he was suspended for three years by the IFBB as punishment for his participation at the rival federation, WABBA’s, World Championship competition.

Samir Bannout was never able to get a top six placing again at a Mr. Olympia contest despite competing at the event many more times. In 1990 he won his second IFBB pro show, the IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational. His professional career lasted for 17 years.

Today Samir Bannout lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Randa and three children Lea, Jesse, Sergio. He was inducted to the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2002.

Samir Bannout has a very successful nutrition business and is at the present active in promoting his products.

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1974 Mr. Universe, Medium Class 7th ( Youngest contestant)
1976 Mr. Universe, Middleweight 12th
1977 Mr. International, Middleweight 2nd
1978 Mr. International, Middleweight 2nd
1979 Best in the World, Amateur 1st
1979 Canada Pro Cup, N/A
1979 World Amateur Championships, Light Heavyweight 1st
1980 Grand Prix California 4th
1980 Grand Prix Pennsylvania 7th
1980 Night of Champions 10th
1980 Mr. Olympia 15th
1980 Pittsburgh Pro Invitational N/A
1981 Grand Prix California 7th
1981 Grand Prix New England 6th
1981 Night of Champions 10th
1981 Mr. Olympia 9th
1982 Grand Prix Sweden 2nd
1982 Mr. Olympia 4th
1983 Mr. Olympia 1st
1984 Canada Pro Cup 5th
1984 Mr. Olympia 6th
1984 World Grand Prix 5th
1985 WABBA World Championship 1st
1986 WABBA World Championship 1st
1988 Grand Prix England 10th
1988 Grand Prix Italy 9th
1988 Mr. Olympia 8th
1989 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 4th
1989 Grand Prix Finland 6th
1989 Grand Prix France 8th
1989 Grand Prix Germany 5th
1989 Grand Prix Holland 5th
1989 Grand Prix Spain 5th
1989 Grand Prix Spain (2nd) 5th
1989 Grand Prix Sweden 3rd
1989 Mr. Olympia 9th
1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 4th
1990 Grand Prix England 6th
1990 Grand Prix Finland 5th
1990 Grand Prix Italy 6th
1990 Houston Pro Invitational 2nd
1990 Mr. Olympia 8th
1990 Pittsburgh Pro Invitational 1st ( Winner)
1990 NABBA World Championships Professional 2nd
1991 Mr. Olympia 16th
1992 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic N/A
1992 Grand Prix Germany 11th
1992 Mr. Olympia 16th
1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 13th
1993 Ironman Pro Invitational 13th
1993 San Jose Pro Invitational 10th
1994 Grand Prix England 14th
1994 Grand Prix Germany 13th
1994 Grand Prix Italy 12th
1994 Grand Prix Spain 12th
1994 Mr. Olympia 19th
1996 Masters Mr. Olympia 6th
2011 IFBB Pro World Masters Bodybuilding 11th

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