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Eugen Sandow

German bodybuilder

Died when: 58 years 195 days (702 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Eugen Sandow

Eugen Sandow (born Friedrich Wilhelm Müller, German: ['f?i?d??ç 'v?lh?lm 'm?l?]; 2 April 1867 – 14 October 1925) was a German bodybuilder and showman from Prussia.

Born in Königsberg, Sandow became interested in bodybuilding at the age of ten during a visit to Italy.After a spell in the circus, Sandow studied under strongman Ludwig Durlacher in the late 1880s.

On Durlacher's recommendation, he began entering strongman competitions, performing in matches against leading figures in the sport such as , , and .

In 1901 he organised what is believed to be the world's first major body building competition.Set in London's Royal Albert Hall, Sandow judged the event alongside author Arthur Conan Doyle and athlete/sculptor Charles Lawes-Wittewronge.

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