With less than three weeks until the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio, Hafthor Björnsson, better known as The Mountain from Game of Thrones, deadlifted 455kg with ease in a video he posted on Instagram.
With this 455kg pull, could Björnsson set a new record at the Arnold Classic? Only time will tell if the Icelandic strongman will succeed. In a post he wrote: “Here’s my 455kg/1003lb deadlift, like I said I would!”
The strongman event is held annually as part of the Arnold Classic and regarded as one of the most important in the sport. Last year’s winner, American Brian Shaw, is also hard at work to prepare to defend his title.
Every year in March, the Arnold Classic in Columbus acts as the finals for the Arnold Strongman Pro World Series. The other Arnold Classics held throughout the previous year in Europe, Australia, Africa, and South America served as qualifiers for this final competition. Englishman Eddie Hall’s 500kg deadlift record at the World Deadlift Championships in Leeds in 2016 was described as a defining moment in the history of strength sports that will most likely stand for quite some time.
Although Hall and Zydrunas Savickas from Lithuania won’t be in attendance, the roster for this year’s competition at the Arnold Classic is stacked with the best of the best:
- Brian Shaw (USA)
- Mikhael Shivlyakov (Russia)
- Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
- Mateusz Kieliskowski (Poland)
- Hafthor Björnsson (Iceland)
- Matjaz Belsak (Slovenia)
- Mateusz Ostazsewski (Poland)
- Jerry Pritchett (USA)
- Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)
- Dimitar Savatinov (Bulgaria)
- Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania)