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​Hafþór Björnsson Sets New Deadlift World Record Of 501kg

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​Hafþór Björnsson Sets New Deadlift World Record Of 501kg

Hafþór Björnsson has managed to set a new deadlift world record after successfully hauling 501kg into the air today.

Given that many of us have been using 415g tins of baked beans for makeshift dumbbells recently - and winced through every rep - your muscles can probably imagine just how heavy that is.

Björnsson, who is well-known for his turn as The Mountain in fantasy series Game of Thrones, completed the feat in front of a small gathering of people at a Reykjavik gym.

After lifting 420kg and 465kg in his first two attempts, the bodybuilder went on to tackle the 501kg (1,104.52lbs) deadlift, managing to lock his knees into place with ease to secure the world record - which was previously held by English star Eddie Hall with 500kg.

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Credit: Instagram/Hafþór Björnsson
Credit: Instagram/Hafþór Björnsson

Speaking on ESPN - which streamed the challenge to kick off 'The Ocho' programming - the 2018 World's Strongest Man winner said afterwards: "I'm absolutely speechless. I'm just so happy and thankful that I got the opportunity to do this, even though the world is going through what it's going through.

"Everything went according to plan. I'm over the moon."

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Björnsson also claimed he could have gone heavier, but didn't see any reason to push his body needlessly after securing the record.

Credit: Instagram/Hafþór Björnsson
Credit: Instagram/Hafþór Björnsson

He continued: "I believe today I could've done more, but what's the point? I'm happy with this, my family and friends were happy with this and I decided to call it."

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"Not only did I pull this incredible weight, but I also just feel great afterward.

"I'm standing here, tall, feeling good, no injuries. I'm healthy as well. I believe today I could have done more, but what's the point? I'm happy with this. My family and friends, they were happy with this."

I imagine most of us are just happy Björnsson didn't have the same physical reaction as Eddie Hall did when he set the record in 2016.

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In a video on his YouTube channel, Hall explained how blood started streaming from his nose, eyes and ears. He also temporarily lost his vision, and kept losing consciousness.

"I thought, 'This is where I'm going to die'," he said in the video.

It took almost four hours for his heart rate to get back to normal, but other effects also continued for days after.

He added: "The next day, I went to drive my car home, and I physically, or mentally, couldn't work out how to drive my car... I was that mind-boggled, somebody had to drive me home."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/​Hafþór Björnsson

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Jess Hardiman
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