REYKJAVIK, ICELAND (MAY 2, 2020) (WORLD'S ULTIMATE STRONGMAN - ACCESS ALL)
1. HAFTHOR BJORNSSON DEADLIFTING 501 KILOGRAMS (1104 POUNDS) TO SET NEW WORLD RECORD AND THEN CELEBRATING
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - APRIL 3, 2019) (STILL PHOTOS-MUTE) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
2. STILL PHOTO OF BJORNSSON POSING FOR PHOTOS AT 'GAME OF THRONES' FINAL SEASON PREMIERE AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
3. STILL PHOTO OF BJORNSSON AND ACTOR PEDRO PASCAL (WHOSE CHARACTER WAS KILLED BY THE MOUNTAIN IN EARLIER SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES) AT FINAL SEASON PREMIERE
STORY: Icelandic actor and strongman Hafthor Bjornsson set a world record for the deadlift on Saturday (May 2) when he lifted 1,104 pounds (501 kg) at Thor's Power Gym in Iceland.
Bjornsson, best known for his portrayal of Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in the later seasons of popular HBO series Game of Thrones, broke the record previously held by Briton Eddie Hall who in 2016 became the first man to lift 500 kg.
Bjornsson lifted the barbell that was bending and straining under the weights, holding it for two seconds before letting go and roaring in delight.
The 31-year-old then challenged Hall to a boxing match for bragging rights.
Bjornsson, who is six feet and nine inches tall, won the World's Strongest Man competition in 2018.