Who is Kamal Elgargni, the new star of bodybuilding?
Libyan-British professional bodybuilder, Kamal Elgargni, who competes in IFBB Pro League Division 212, is one of the most successful bodybuilders around today. To name a few of his titles, Kamal has won the 212 Mr. Olympia in 2019, as well as the Arnold Classic in 2018.
His profile first: Born on November 21, 1971, in Tripoli, Libya, Kamal Elgargni has one of the most inspiring stories of any bodybuilder. He started training in 1993, then competed and won his first contest in 1994, which was the Libyan championship. He competed in the 70 kilo weight. However, in 1997 he moved to Malta before finally settling in the UK. There he began racing under the British flag, then won the 2001 NABBA Britain in his class. And from 2003 to 2017, Kamal competed under the Qatari flag. How Kamal, who was a Libyan national, ended up in Qatar is a story in itself. (The 15 Strongest and Most Muscular Bodybuilders in History).
In 2013, Qatar hosted the Asian Olympic Games, but it did not have any good elite bodybuilders, which is why they gave him Qatari citizenship. Before earning his pro card in 2018, Kamal Elgargni was given an invite to compete in the 2003 Night of Champions, which is now the New York Pro, by Wayne DeMilia, who was the promoter of Mister Olympia from 1984-2003. “Libyan Lion”, as he is nicknamed, had qualified for the show by winning the IFBB Amateur UK. After finishing in twenty-first place, Kamal told his teammates that this would be his first and his last show. He but he came back and represented Qatar in 2003 at the Asian Olympics.
It’s no secret that competing in the IFBB Pro League is a tough race. Most bodybuilders struggle to make a living solely from sports, and only a select few at the highest level actually earn enough to make a living from it. But thanks to the Government of Qatar, he is now doing this professionally.
His greatest success? Kamal won his first 212 Olympia title in 2019, beating Derek Lunsford and Shaun Clarida, two of the great promises of current bodybuilding.
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