Hafþor Julius Bjornsson who famously played ‘Gregor Clegane’ better known as ‘The Mountain’ in the Game of Throne, has broken the world deadlift record.
The 31-year-old strongman broke the record on Saturday after lifting 501kg from his home Ryekjavik, Iceland.
He breezed through his first two lifts of the day by lifting 420kg and 465kg before creating a new record of 501kg moments later.
He won the World’s Strongest Man in 2018.
The 501kg lift was officially sanctioned by the competition, as well as being refereed by four-time World’s Strongest Man and fellow Icelander Magnus Ver Magnusson – so, regardless of your feelings on the record, it is entirely legitimate.
Commenting earlier on choosing Magnusson, Thor told the New York Post : ‘He’s known as one of the strictest referees in the world – he will not give you anything for free. That’s the reason why I want him to referee my lift because I knew people would respect that. I want my lift to be legit.’
The event was broadcast on ESPN as well as being streamed online, a rare moment of sporting entertainment amid widespread cancellations as a result of the outbreak. However, the strongman wasn’t keen on letting his training go to waste.
Ahead of the lift, Thor said:
I knew I was in great shape, and when you’re trying to train yourself for something big like that, it’s very difficult on the body. So I thought of just hosting a show. If we could stream it live, people would love that, they could be excited for something.
When things get a lot of attention, there’s always going to be some negativity. People are saying that this needs to be done in a competition – I wish I could do it in a competition, but I can’t control this situation, so I’m trying to do the best I can.
Hall laid out his feelings on Thor’s lift in an Instagram post, saying he was looking forward to ‘having my record broken and seeing what is possible’. ‘I think you are probably the man to do it, there’s no denying that and I’ll still shake your hand afterwards and say well done… if you do it under the appropriate conditions,’ he added.