Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Bjornsson just broke the world record for dead-lifting by picking up 501 kilograms of weight and we’re in awe! It was truly an epic display of power and strength!
Hafthor Bjornsson essays the role of Ser Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain. His epic attempt to break the record was broadcasted live on ESPN and streamed on YouTube as well. Previously Eddie Hall held the record title at 500 kilograms.
The entire show was a master class as we got to witness spectacular visuals of his knockout performance where he remained stable and in control throughout. Normally, a person would wobble in the first attempt but the 31-year old actor as a lifter was solemn and unhindered.
The event took place in Iceland, where the pandemic is not as serious as it is in other European countries. For example, Iceland has banned gatherings that comprise of more than 20 people. Overall, the country reports as low as 10 deaths in total.
Source: Sky News
Hafthor Bjornsson started out by lifting 420 kilograms of weight, and gradually added weights to make them 420 kilograms and 465 kilograms respectively.
When he broke the record, he kissed his wife and took a minute to catch his breath. Once he cooled down, he responded to the questions of the interview. He took the time to show gratitude for the opportunity as he realized and acknowledge the severity of the pandemic.
He said, "Not only did I pull this incredible weight, but I also just feel great afterwards. I believe today I could have done more but what's the point? I'm happy with this."