The Mountain did it.
Hafthor Björnsson performed 501 kilograms of deadlifts at his home gym in Reykjavík, Iceland, under the watchful eye of strong referee Magnus Ver Magnusson to break Eddie Hall's 2016 record.
The lift was broadcast live on television via ESPN (simultaneous streams were also available on Rogue's YouTube channel Core Sports and Björnsson's Twitch channel) and gave strength training an important platform during the coronavirus pandemic that made the live competition so has virtually wiped out events.
Björnsson, 6 & # 39; 9 & # 39; & # 39;, 450 pounds, started his warm-up phase at 420 kg and then rose to 465 kg for his second attempt before the record attempt. It took the mountain 1
But the record does not come without controversy. Former deadlift champion and winner of the world's strongest man 2017, Eddie Hall, has been proven to deny the accuracy of the event. Hall struggled with Björnsson's team at other Strongman events and insisted that every deadlift over 500 kilograms – or any kind of record – would have to be completed in competition to really count.
Nevertheless, Hall shared a photo with Björnsson before trying to wish the Icelandic strong luck.
However, the friendly contribution does not mean that Hall has completely changed his attitude. After a fan commented on the post that they would not consider Bjönsson's lift to be a real world record, Hall replied, "Neither do I."
After the lift was complete, Hafthor Hall called out for something that sounded like a boxing fight in the ring. "Eddie, I know I just knocked out your file," said Bjönsson. "Now I'm ready to punch you in the ring. Time to put your fists where your big mouth is and sign the Core Sports contract."
Whatever Hall says, the record will remain. We'll see what's next.