Icelandic actor and strongman, Hafthor Bjornsson who played the role of Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, has set a world record for the deadlift on Saturday when he lifted 1,104 pounds (501kg) at Thor’s Power Gym in Iceland.
Bjornsson has surpass Briton Eddie Hall, who in 2016 became the first man to lift 500kg.
Bjornsson, 31, lifted the barbell that was bending and straining under the weights, holding it for two seconds before letting go and roaring in delight.The event was streamed live on ESPN.
The 2018 World’s Strongest Man, made the successful attempt at Thor’s Power Gym in his native Iceland.
Speaking in a “behind-the-scenes, Bjornsson said: “I’m extremely proud, you know. I’m extremely happy.
“It’s great – there’s nothing better than proving people wrong. So many people didn’t believe in me, so many people that said, ‘501kg is never going to go up’… But I also had a lot of support.”
He added: “I feel healthy, I feel good. I’m just absolutely speechless, even though I’m talking a lot now. But I’m excited, super excited – this is huge for me.”
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