'The Mountain' actor from Game of Thrones breaks world record with 501kg deadlift

By Sports Desk May 02, 2020

Hafthor Bjornsson is best known for portraying 'The Mountain' in hit TV series Game of Thrones but he was not playing around on Saturday.

The 2018 World's Strongest Man winner set a world record with a 501-kilogram deadlift in front of a small gathering of people in a Reykjavik gym.

After lifting 420kg and 465kg in his first two attempts, the 6ft 9in, 200kg bodybuilder made history.

Bjornsson appeared to complete the deadlift comfortably and after locking into position the iron was thrown to the floor.

"I'm absolutely speechless. I'm just so happy and thankful that I got the opportunity to do this, even though the world is going through what it's going through," said Bjornsson.

"Everything went according to plan. I'm over the moon.

"I believe today I could've done more, but what's the point? I'm happy with this, my family and friends were happy with this and I decided to call it."

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    Game of Thrones star Hafthor Julius Bjornsson stunned fans with his eye-popping performance as 'The Mountain' on the hit TV show.

    On Saturday he left himself speechless by writing his name into the history books.

    Iceland's Bjornsson broke the world deadlift record, set in 2016 by Eddie Hall, with a lift of 501kg.

    "I have no words. What an amazing day, one I will remember for the rest of my life," Bjornsson wrote on Instagram. 

    "I said I was coming for it and once I set my mind on something I'm a dog with a bone. Want to give a huge shoutout to my family, friends, coaches, fans, sponsors and haters, all of whom helped this lift be possible."

    A former World's Strongest Man winner, Bjornsson now appears to have set his sights on a bout with Hall.

    "Eddie, I just knocked out your record, and now I'm ready to knock you out in the ring," he said.

    If that comes to pass, it's unlikely to be as dramatic as The Mountain's clash with Oberyn Martell.

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