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The Mountain from “Game of Thrones” Set a New Deadlift World Record (Video)
Hafthor Björnsson, the Icelandic actor who plays The Mountain on Game of Thrones, may not be able to crush human skulls with his bare hands like he does on TV. But he is still insanely strong.
The 6’9″ 395-pound Björnsson, who is a strongman competitor in addition to an actor and pitchman, won the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus over the weekend. It was his first major professional strongman victory, though he was, as he put it, “robbed” of the World’s Strongest Man title last May.
The highlight of Björnsson’s dominant performance at the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classsic—which included three first-place finishes and two third-place finishes—was the elephant bar deadlift. He set a new world record by lifting an insane 1,041 pounds, which just doesn’t sound like something a human being should be able to do.
Take a look:
In case you are wondering, Björnsson’s deadlift beat the previous world record by ten pounds and his nearest competitor, Brian Shaw, by a 25 pounds.
Björnsson took home a trophy and $72,000 for his victory, which is barely enough to cover the 29-year-old’s bonkers 10,000 calorie-per-day diet. Luckily he’s got one more season of Game of Thrones to pay the bills.
Hat Tip – [FTW]