News

Arnold Shwarzenegger Honors ‘Big Ramy’ as First Egyptian Winner of Prestigious Bodybuilding Competition

Arnold Shwarzenegger Honors ‘Big Ramy’ as First Egyptian Winner of Prestigious Bodybuilding Competition

Big Ramy at Arnold Classic Brazil 2015/ Credit: Matthias Busse
Big Ramy at Arnold Classic Brazil 2015/ Credit: Matthias Busse

The Egyptian bodybuilder, Big Ramy, won first place in the Arnold Classic Brazil 2015 competition in the bodybuilding division on Sunday, growing the lineup of Egyptian athletes scoring prestigious successes around the world.

During the third version of Arnold Classic Brazil, one of the world’s biggest multi-sport events which was held in Rio de Janeiro between 29 and 31 May, Mahmoud Elssbiay, popularly known as Big Ramy, competed against nine other bodybuilders who were no match to Big Ramy’s well-toned muscle formation.

Credit: Matthias Busse

Topping the bodybuilding contest considered one of the highlights of the event, the Hollywood star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger presented Big Ramy with the grand prize worth US$100,000 in addition to a Hummer vehicle and a Rolex watch.

Hailed as the first Egyptian and Arab to win this prize, Schwarzenegger regarded Elssbiay “a tremendous success not only in Brazil, but all over the world.”

Elssbiay, who started his devoted journey of weightlifting and bodybuilding in 2010 in Kuwait, has scored a few past successes. His previous achievments include first place at the New York Pro show twice in a row in the years 2013 and 2014. Moreover, Big Ramy came eighth place and seventh place in the Mr. Olympia competition in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Prior that, 2012 saw Big Ramy two first place wins in the Kuwait Golden Cup, and the Amateur Mr. Olympia competition.

10984149_389708801201205_5005840569585525370_n

The 31-year-old athlete and father of two is originally from the coastal city Alexandria, and was born to a family of fishermen.

Why I Am Suing Al Jazeera: An Open Letter From Mohamed Fahmy
Egypt Dismantles Brotherhood Cell Leaking Intelligence to Foreign Bodies

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

I am a free spirit who finds sanctuary in wandering. People are what I'm most passionate about, and I write to bring forth their stories. http://www.enaselmasry.com/

More in News

Egyptian Health Minister Volunteers for COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Amina ZaineldineSeptember 29, 2020

Egypt Upholds Court Order to Ban Jewish Festival of 19th Century Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 26, 2020

Public Prosecution Orders 3 Alleged Fairmont Rapists Detained Pending Investigation

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 26, 2020

Interpol Extradites Three Egyptians Implicated in ‘Fairmont Gang Rape’ from Lebanon to Egypt

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 24, 2020

PayTabs Egypt is Giving COVID-19 Impacted Small Businesses Free Access to Digital Payment Solutions

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 24, 2020

Egyptian Journalist Lina Attalah Named One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

Amina ZaineldineSeptember 23, 2020

Egypt Signs East Mediterranean Gas Forum Charter

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 22, 2020

14 Fully Intact and Sealed Coffins Discovered after 2,500 Years in Egypt’s Saqqara

Amina ZaineldineSeptember 21, 2020