'What a beast': GoT actor 'The Mountain' shatters 'insane' world record

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Hafthór 'Thor' Björnsson lifts 500kg and celebrates after breaking world record.
Hafthór 'Thor' Björnsson smashed the world record for heaviest dead lift when he lifted more than 501kg from his home. (Images: ESPN)

Hafthor Björnsson, also known as ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones, just shattered an unbelievable world record before calling out his rival for a boxing match.

Björnsson set a deadlift world record on Saturday when he became the first man to lift more than 500 kilograms.

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This broke Eddie Hall’s record of 499kg, which he set nearly four-years-ago.

Björnsson broke the world record from the comfort of his own home in Iceland as he streamed the moment on Twitch Live due to coronavirus restrictions.

Björnsson won the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ competition in 2018 and has finished third or better since 2012.

Fans on social media went bonkers over the crazy human feat, which he appeared to achieve with ease.

Following the lift, Björnsson called out long-time rival Hall - who he has been feuding with for some time - to put his money where his mouth is and step in the ring.

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

"Time to put your fist where your big mouth is and sign the CoreSports contract. I’m ready. Are you ready, Eddie?"

Is ‘The Mountain’s lift a legit world record?

Make no doubt, what Björnsson did on Saturday is one of the freakiest feats of strength in human history. But is it a “real” world record?

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, he completed the lift from his home gym in Iceland instead of at a scheduled competition in Bahrain that got canceled. And Hall doesn’t think the circumstances of Björnsson’s lift are worthy of a record because it didn’t happen during an actual competition.

Björnsson followed competition rules and took 15 minutes between each deadlift on Saturday, but Hall’s point is that only lifts that happen during competitions should count as records.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson attends "Game Of Thrones" New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall, NYC on April 3, 2019 in New York City.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson attends "Game Of Thrones" New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall, NYC on April 3, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

“We’re going into this pandemic and there’s nowhere to run and now he’s going to do it in his home gym,” Hall told Men’s Health in April.

“He’s had plenty of opportunities — he could've done it in Dubai, late last year, in Europe’s Strongest Man [and at] Giants Live, it doesn’t feel right to me. Why not wait till this is over, till, I don’t know, October?”

It’s worth noting that Hall and Björnsson have been feuding for some time. If you had your world record lift broken either officially or unofficially by a guy you disliked, you’d probably be salty about it, too.

With Nick Bromberg - Yahoo Sport US