Hafthor “The Mountain ” Bjornsson, out Game of Thrones, improved the world record deadlifts on Saturday. The Icelandic man managed to lift no less than 501 kilos from the ground.
The previous record was held by the British Eddie Hall. In 2016 he lifted 500 kilos from the ground. Hall was then the first man ever to lift such a heavy weight. Deadlifting is a part of powerlifting where you lift a weight until you stand upright and the legs are straight.
Hafthor, or Thor for short, set the new record in his own fitness business Thor’s Power Gym. Thanks to the live stream, fans were able to follow the record attempt. Afterwards, Thor posted the video to his Instagram page. On the video, you can hear the Icelandic roar after breaking the old world record.
“I have no words for this. What a great day I will remember for the rest of my life, ”said Bjornsson on his Instagram page.
The corona crisis forced Bjornsson to break the world record in his own gym. That caused controversy because such records must be done in a competitive context and that was not the case now. Under the supervision of a referee and his virtual fans, the Icelandic broke Eddie Hall’s record.
After the world record, Thor turned to Eddie Hall. The Icelandic would like to meet Hall in a boxing match. “Core Sports offered me a seven digit contract. I’ve already signed it. I beat your record, now I’m ready to beat you in the ring, ”said Bjornsson.
In 2018, Bjornsson already won the World’s Strongest Man-League. Since 2012, the Icelandic always finished in the top three. With a length of 2.05 meters and a weight of almost 200 kilos, it fits in the list of course. But he became really popular because of his role as “The Mountain” in Game of Thrones.
In the first seasons of Game of Thrones became the role of The Mountain fulfilled by Conan Stevens and Ian Whyte. Thor took over this role in the fourth season until the final.