National Heroes

The 12 Greatest NPC National Champions of All Time


IFBB contest wins: 4

Number of Mr. Olympia apperances: 1

Highest Mr. Olympia placing: 5th

South Africa’s Gary Strydom was one of a few tall men during the latter half of the ’80s who many considered to be a legitimate threat for the Sandow. Nearly Haney’s equal from the front (with better wheels), from the rear it was a different story, as Strydom’s back lagged far behind the rest of his physique. Strydom won his pro debut, the 1987 Night Of Champions, and placed fifth in his first and only Mr. Olympia appearance in 1988. He won three more contests before leaving the IFBB in 1991 for the now-defunct World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF). He returned to IFBB competition in 1996 and last competed in the 2006 Colorado Pro, where he placed seventh.

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