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Kamal Elgargni

Bodybuilder Kamal Elgargni Displays Physique as He Seeks Return to Top of 212 Mr. Olympia Podium

With over two decades of experience, Kamal Elgargni is undoubtedly one of the more seasoned professional bodybuilders around. From Asia to Europe and Las Vegas, the 50-year-old IFBB Pro League athlete and former 212 Olympia Champion (2019) has posed on stages worldwide. If his recent exploits are any indication, it seems like he’s hungry for more glory. 

On June 16, 2022, Elgargni provided an update on his current physique over his Instagram profile, with the 2022 Mr. Olympia roughly six months away. That competition will occur on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After years of the prerequisite dedication to building muscle, Elgargni captured his first 212 Olympia title in 2019 once the legendary James “Flex” Lewis vacated it after a run of seven straight victories (2012-2018). Following that title, Elgargni came in second place to Shaun Clarida during the 2020 Mr. Olympia and finished in third place to Clarida (second) and Derek Lunsford (first) in 2021.

Before showing off where his physique stands at the time of this writing, Elgargni was previously most recently seen training his legs with rising star Nick Walker

About Kamal Elgargni

While Elgargni didn’t disclose his current body weight, the Libyan athlete has typically competed at around 211 pounds. It might be safe to assume that is what he will aim for by the time December 2022 and the latest Mr. Olympia rolls around. 

Here are some of the accomplished bodybuilder’s top results from his extended career that began when he was 29-years-old:

Kamal Elgargni | Noteworthy Career Results

2001 National Amateur Bodybuilders’ Association (NABBA) Mr. Universe (short) — First place | Competition debut
2002 NABBA World Championships (overall) — First place 
IFBB World Amateur Championships (middleweight/light-heavyweight) — First place (2005-2006, 2008, 2013)
2005 World Games (middleweight) — First place 
2006 Asian Games (middleweight) — First place 
2007 National Physique Committee (NPC) Excalibur Bodybuilding Championships (light-heavyweight) — First place
2009 IFBB Arnold Amateur (light-heavyweight) — First place 
2009 World Games (heavyweight) — Second place
2011 World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) World Championships (light-heavyweight) — First place 
2013 Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (ABBF) Asian Championships (overall) — First place 
2013 IFBB Mediterranean Amateur Championships (overall) — First place 
2018 IFBB Arnold Classic (212) — First place
2018 Mr. Olympia (212) — Third place
2019 Mr. Olympia (212) — First place
2020 Mr. Olympia (212) — Second place 
2021 Mr. Olympia (212) — Third place 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Elgargni’s Near Future

As one of the more prominent names in modern bodybuilding, Elgargni will undoubtedly continue to plug away with his training as he starts to ramp up toward the Mr. Olympia. According to his social media, the Libyan athlete’s latest physique update is the first that he has shared in an approximate month.

It very well might not be the last anyone sees of the bodybuilder’s progress before the 2022 Mr. Olympia on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. 

Featured image: @ifbb_pro_kamal_elgargni on Instagram

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Weightlifter Mahmoud H. Hassan (89KG) Clean & Jerks 193 Kilograms, Sets Youth World Record at 2022 IWF Youth Championships

On June 15, 2022, weightlifter Mahmoud H. Hassan (89KG) completed a clean & jerk of 193 kilograms (424.5 pounds) during the 2022 Youth World Weightlifting Championships (YWWC) in León, Mexico. The competition falls under the jurisdiction of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Hassan’s clean & jerk — where he wore knee wraps, a lifting belt, and lifting straps — is a new Youth World Record for the Men’s 89-kilogram weight class. The Youth World Record clean & jerk eventually helped the 16-year-old Egyptian athlete capture the gold medal for his division. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Here are Hassan’s top stats from this contest:

Mahmoud H. Hassan (89KG) | 2022 Youth World Weightlifting Championships Top Stats

Snatch — 150 kilograms (330.7 pounds)
Clean & Jerk — 193 kilograms (424.5 pounds) | Youth World Record
Total — 343 kilograms (756.2 pounds)

Hassan’s clean & jerk Youth World Record surpasses Siarhei Sharankou’s previous top figure of 192 kilograms from the 2019 European Youth Weightlifting Championships (EYWC), according to the IWF record directory. Notably, Hassan’s record came on his third attempt amidst a massive 18-kilogram (39.7 pounds) progression from his first two tries of 172 kilograms (379.2 pounds) and 175 kilograms (385.8 pounds), respectively. 

2022 Youth World Weightlifting Championships Recap

Even without his Youth World Record clean & jerk, Hassan would have still taken home the gold medal for the 89-kilogram division by eight kilograms (17.6 pounds). While not a Youth World Record, the Egyptian athlete’s 150-kilogram (330.7 pounds) snatch was also nine kilograms (19.8 pounds) better than the next best competitor. Overall, Hassan comfortably outpaced Georgia’s Nikola Esartia (second place) and Venezuela’s Carlos Enrique León Avella (third place) on the final podium. 

Here are the complete results for the top-three finishers in the 2022 YWWC:

2022 Youth World Weightlifting Championships | Complete Podium Results (89KG)

1. Mahmoud H. Hassan (Egypt)

Snatch — 150 kilograms (330.7 pounds)
Clean & Jerk — 193 kilograms (424.5 pounds) | Youth World Record
Total — 343 kilograms (756.2 pounds)

2. Nikoloz Esartia (Georgia)

Snatch — 141 kilograms (310.8 pounds)
Clean & Jerk — 174 kilograms (383.6 pounds)
Total — 315 kilograms (694.4 pounds)

3. Carlos Enrique León Avella (Venezuela)

Snatch — 125 kilograms (275.6 pounds)
Clean & Jerk — 155 kilograms (341.7 pounds)
Total — 280 kilograms (617.3 pounds)

According to the IWF athlete directory, the 2022 Youth World Championships were the teenage Hassan’s debut international competition. In demonstrating his overhead prowess and strength, it seems Hassan found quite a way to burst onto the competitive scene by winning a gold medal and breaking a Youth World Record in his first appearance on a sanctioned lifting platform. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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At the time of this writing, it’s not clear when Hassan will compete again in an official contest. Judging by the results of his first international competition, he might soon help represent the next bright youth movement in the Men’s weightlifting sphere.

The 2022 Youth World Weightlifting Championships will conclude on June 18, 2022. 

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Amie Mock and Carrie Hughes Share Their Roads to Become IFBB Pros

It can be easy to overlook the accomplishments of pro bodybuilders and physique competitors because everything is based on qualifying and ultimately winning the Olympia. But, don’t get it twisted. If you have the phrase “IFBB Pro” next to your name, you’ve accomplished something that many people will never get to, and the athletes that have it should be treated with the respect and admiration of a champion.

Carrie Hughes competes in the IFBB Pro League’s Women Physique division. She competed in both that division and Figure at the 2021 NPC USA’s. She had experience competing, but never in the division in which she turned pro. She told Femme Flex Friday co-hosts Whitney Jones and Alina Popa that it was a whole new experience.

“This was my first show ever competing in the Women’s Physique class,” she confessed. “So, it was new to me. I tried Figure for ten years, and they tried to convince me to do Women’s Physique, but (at first) I was adamant about doing Figure.”

The acceptance to try the new division paid off, and Hughes is now a professional. Now, she doesn’t see herself competing in any other division.

“I am (hooked). I really enjoy it,” she said. “I feel like that is where I’m really meant to be.”

Amie Mock is a new Figure Pro that hopes to make a big impact on her division as well. She only needed two contests to earn IFBB Pro League status. Her first competition was at Branch Warren’s show in Texas. That was by design as Mock revealed.

“I always liked Branch. I always tended to look up to more male figures in fitness and sports,” she told Popa. “They were always more grittier. So, I enjoyed watching them more. Branch was somebody that I always looked up to.”

Mock planned on having a long offseason after that contest, but her coach convinced her to compete at the USA Championships four weeks later. She acknowledged that the difference between a regional show and a pro qualifier is like night and day.

“When I walked backstage, that was like a flip side from your amateur show to a national. Wow,” she explained. “I wanted to walk up to each one of and say ‘you’re amazing.’”

In the end, Mock put her game face on, and she is now a pro as well. Watch the full episode of Femme Flex Friday over at www.wingsofstrength.net to find out more about Mock’s and Hughes’ journeys and what the future holds for both of them

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