Weightlifting: Game Of Thrones actor Hafthor 'The Mountain' Bjornsson sets world record with 501kg deadlift

Hafthor Bjornsson arrives for the premiere of the final season of Game Of Thrones at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

REYKJAVÍK (REUTERS) - Icelandic actor and strongman Hafthor Bjornsson set a world record for the deadlift on Saturday (May 2) when he lifted 1,104 pounds (501kg) at Thor's Power Gym in Iceland.

Bjornsson, best known for his portrayal of Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, broke the record previously held by Briton Eddie Hall who in 2016 became the first man to lift 500kg.

The event was streamed live on ESPN and Bjornsson, 31, lifted the barbell that was bending and straining under the weights, holding it for two seconds before letting go and roaring in delight.

Bjornsson, who is six feet and nine inches tall (205cm), won the World's Strongest Man competition in 2018.

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