Game of Thrones' ‘The Mountain’ sets new deadlift world record, wins Arnold Strongman Classic

Game of Thrones' ‘The Mountain’ sets new deadlift world record, wins Arnold Strongman Classic

Actor Hafthor Bjornsson set a new deadlift world record at a staggering 1,041lbs and secured a top spot after finishing as the runner-up last year.

Game of Thrones fans already know and fear him. The actor who plays 'The Mountain' on the hit TV show has claimed a top spot while competing in the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic.

Actor Hafthor Bjornsson set a new deadlift world record at a staggering 1,041lbs and secured a top spot after finishing as the runner-up last year. 

The 29-year-old champion hails from Iceland and accumulated 45.5 points out of his five events, as he went one better than last year.

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland competes in the Arnold Classic Professional Strongman competition during the 2016 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

This year he also managed to scale his rival and four-time World's Strongest Man champion, Brian Shaw, who had to settle for second place.

The former Icelandic youth basketball international player raced into an early lead as he managed to launch a 43 kg bag over the 15 ft bar.

This event was swiftly followed up by an impressive display in the stone shoulder event, where a competitor must lift a huge stone up to their shoulder and hold it in place as many times as they can within a limited time frame.

In this category, Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland, bagged the first place but Bjornsson extended his overall lead after the third event in the timber carry, where the individual must carry a wooden apparatus to the top of the incline. Bjornsson finished third in that stage with a time of 11.8 seconds.

The actor curretly plays The Mountain in Game of Thrones

The 6ft 9in participant nodded his head whilst holding 472 kg (74.3 stone) on the bar, before letting out a roar to the fans after etching his name in the world records.

He then came fifth in the Apollon Wheel event, to rip away the title from defending champion Shaw.

On the other hand, there was Mikhail Shivlyakov, who was left bleeding from his nose when attempting a 426 kg deadlift. Blood streamed down the 37-year-old's mouth as it poured out from his nostrils. But he somehow managed to complete the lift, before mopping the blood away from his face with a towel. Shivlyakov finished in third place overall - 15.5 points behind Bjornsson at the top of the standings.

The Arnold Strongman Classic is an annual competition featuring strength athletes from all over the world and instead of measuring strength in speed and athleticism, this tournament focuses towards heavy geared instruments. Created by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer, it is an offshoot of the Arnold Sports Festival which takes place annually in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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