Games of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson smashed world deadlift record after lifting 501kg at his gym in Iceland – The Sun | The Sun
GAME OF THRONES star Hafthor Julius Bjornsson broke the world deadlift record after successfully lifting an incredible 501kg (1,105 pounds).
The previous record was held by British star Eddie Hall, who became the first man to lift 500kg back in 2016.
That lift left Hall with blood coming out of his eyes, but Bjornsson, 33, made his attempt in 2020 look somewhat easy.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 'Thor' – who played The Mountain in the hit HBO show – carried out the record at his gym in his native Iceland.
After two successful warm-up lifts of 420kg and 460kg, Thor then managed to lift 501kg – 1kg higher than Hall's record.
To clarify just how heavy that is, the weight is heavier than a polar bear.
Commenting on his record, a delighted Thor simply stated: "I’m absolutely speechless, so happy and thankful. Blessed. Everything went according to plans, I’m over the moon.
"I believe today I could’ve done more, but what’s the point? I’m happy with this."
Thor then called Hall out for a boxing match as he called on his Strongman rival to put his money where his mouth is and sign a contract to fight him.
Asked what his next move would 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.
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"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?"
And he went on to beat his rival earlier this year in a six-round exhibition in Dubai.
In addition to his world deadlift record, Thor is also a World's Strongest Man winner, as well as a five-time Europe's Strongest Man victor and three-time Arnold Strongman Classic champion.
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