Hafthor Bjornsson the 30-year-old Icelandic strongman has been on the mission to set the deadlifting world record of all-time for a while now, he has been practicing, training and showing his improved strength throughout the year and since last year in 2019 when he set the world record for elephant bar deadlift at the Arnold Strongman Classic, he has gotten a lot stronger.
At the same competition, Hafthor Bjornsson tried to outdo Eddie Hall’s deadlift record of 500 kg (1102 lbs) but could not complete the 501 kg (1105 lbs), he has been claiming that he will break the record since last year up till now, in 2020 when he finally achieved his goal.
Hafthor Bjornsson now holds the all-time world record of deadlift at 501kg which crowns him the new king of the deadlift.
He is the first man in the world to ever deadlift more than 500kg.
Hafthor Bjornsson’s attempt was live-streamed by Corepsorts and Rouge and broadcasted by ESPN.
The 30-year-old Hafthor Bjornsson has proved to be getting stronger by each attempt and has improved greatly.
Back on February 15th, 2020, he set an unofficial elephant bar deadlift record by deadlifting 480 kg (1058 lbs) which proved that he was already on his way to surpass the 500 kg record and following month, just a month before the Arnold Strongman Classic 2020 held in May, he managed to deadlift 470 kg (1036 lbs) on his live Twitch stream.
Hafthor Bjornsson’s current health crisis held him back from taking part in the actual competitions which gave a lot of favor to the competitors as they commented on his performance but he still made his appearance.
The 2018 World’s strongest man champion, Hafthor Bjornsson claimed that he was more than just ready to break the world record and his training sessions and practices were a showcase of his talent and strength.
Hafthor Bjornsson has now made history and become the first man in the world to ever deadlift more than 500 kg, breaking the previous world record of deadlifting set by the strongman Eddie Hall, Hafthor Bjornsson made three attempts in one day, in the first deadlift he managed to lift 420 kg (926 lbs) and worked up his way to the second attempt and powered up his way to 465 kg (1025 lbs) and the last and third attempt is now the history maker, 501 kg (1105 lbs).
Although Hafthor Bjornsson is being criticized by some people demanding him to perform the same deadlift in a competition, many people believe that it will be no hard task for the world record holder.
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