World’s strongest man Hafthor “The Mountain” Bjornsson broke a nearly four-year-old deadlift record today (05/03/2020), pulling 1,104 pounds (501 kg) off the floor.
The Icelandic weightlifter, who played “The Mountain” on hit HBO show “Game of Thrones,” is the three-time defending champion of Europe’s Strongest Man event.
The successful attempt was broadcast on Twitch and ESPN.
Known also as “Thor,” the 6-foot-9, 425-pound Bjornsson broke the previous record of 1,102.31 pounds (500 kilograms), set by England’s Eddie Hall in 2016. That lift left Hall with blood coming out of his eyes, but Bjornsson made his attempt look somewhat easy.
The 31-year-old Bjornsson, completed the lift as the barbell bent and strained under the weights. He held the lift for two seconds before letting go and roaring in excitement.
“I believe today I could’ve done more, but what’s the point?” Bjornsson said after his lift. “I’m happy with this. My family and friends, they were happy with this, and I’ve decided to call it.”
Asked what his next move will be, he said: “Wow… something new and big!
“Core Sports just offered me a seven figure contract, which is the biggest contract of my life. I’ve signed it already.
Thor had a message for Eddie Hall as well. It seems that besides knocking out Eddie’s world deadlift record, he wants knock Hall out in the boxing ring as well. We did saw Thor some time ago doing boxing sparring.
“Eddie Hall has been running his mouth for two weeks now and I now that he got the same deal.”
“So Eddie, I just knocked out your record, and now I’m ready to knock you out in the ring. Time to put your fists where your big mouth is and sign the Core Sports contract. I’m ready. Are you ready, Eddie?”
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