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The mountain shoots at history.
Icelandic strong man Hafthor Björnsson is ready to take a 501 kg deadlift to set a world record and a new standard of strength. There are three ways you can watch the trial live on May 2nd at 12 noon. Eastern Time:
The lift starts a day full of ESPN programs & # 39; The Ocho & # 39; on TV.
The feat would surpass Eddie Hall's current world record by a single kilogram – but that's still no small feat. When Hall completed the lift in 2016, he had an extreme reaction. He was bleeding from his eyes, ears and nose, temporarily losing his eyesight and admitting that he thought briefly that he would "die".
Björnsson shared most of his training prior to the trial on his YouTube channel and showed a personal best of 470 kilograms (1,036 pounds) during his last tough session. The Strongman also lifted 480 kilograms (1,058 pounds) earlier this year, but it did use an elephant pole, a special device used for Strongman competitions. The world record attempt is being attempted with a standard deadlift barbell, which Björnsson says is easier to use.
However, the attempt is not without controversy. Although the event is sanctioned and led by the respected strong Magnus Ver Magnusson, Hall is not pleased that Björnsson plans to hit the record on his home turf in Iceland outside of a traditional competition. Hall, the strongest man in the world in 2017, said in a question and answer session that he "doesn't trust the Icelanders" before withdrawing his testimony and indicating that he doesn't trust Björnsson and his team. "I'm really looking forward to breaking my record and seeing what is possible," Hall wrote in a long Instagram post. "I think you're probably the man who does it, there's no denying it and I'll still shake your hand afterwards and say well done … if you do it under the right conditions."
Björnsson, in turn, is not put off by the controversy and even told his strong colleague Brian Shaw that Hall's animus is fueling his competitive fire. More importantly, Mount Shaw said it may not stop at 501. Björnsson confirmed that he will try a 520 if he makes the 501-kilogram attempt and has 200,000 followers on the Twitch platform (he's sitting close to 85 km) at the event.