Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Game of Thrones star broke the world record for deadlifts at an event in Iceland.
Incredible footage shows the 31-year-old actor lifting 1,104 pounds (501 kg) off the ground inside Thor’s gym in Reykjavik on Saturday. Best known for playing Ser Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in the hit HBO series, Björnsson has now broken a record previously set by Britain’s Eddie Hall.
In 2016, Hall made international headlines after lifting 500 kg (1,102 pounds).
Björnsson’s deadlift aired live on ESPN on Saturday, with footage showing him lifting a bar that bent and strained under heavyweight.
Star held Barbel for two seconds before leaving and roaring with joy.
The program was overcrowded due to current restrictions on large gatherings caused by outbreaks of coronavirus. In Iceland, currently, no more than 20 people can congregate in one place.
He later told ESPN: ‘I am clearly speechless …’ I am over the moon. ‘
Björnsson also bragged that if it was crowded it could carry even more weight. He previously told the New York Post that “he probably performs 10 percent better in a competition: the crowd gives you the adrenaline you need.” But the strong man was happy to take the world record.
He said Saturday: ‘I am standing here, tall, feeling good, without injury. I’m healthy I think I could have done more today, but what about it? I’m happy with that ‘ Björnsson, who is six feet nine inches tall, won the world’s strongest men’s competition in 2018.
He played ‘The Mountain’, a famous knight loyal to the Lannisters, Game of Thrones in seasons four and eight. Her character was killed in a punitive episode of the series.