The Mountain Destroys All Competition, Wins The Arnold Strongman Classic 3rd Year In A Row
When it comes to winning the Arnold Strongman Classic, such as the strength of Hafthor Bjornsson, otherwise known as Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, that you wouldn’t expect any other name to be associated with the title. Each year, Bjornsson seems to rattle his opponents by showcasing his ever-increasing strength that seemingly has no limits. The 2020 competition certainly was no exception, with the star Strongman smashing out an Elephant Bar Deadlift of 465 kgs on the second day of competition.
For those unfamiliar with Bjornsson, you need only gaze at his physique to see that the man serves as an advertisement for such competitions like the Strongman classic from his build alone. Having been brought up in the countryside of Iceland, Bjornsson spent most of his early life working on a farm. It’s a far cry from the reality of Bjornsson’s life now, as the strongman travels the world showcasing his strength and setting numerous records, all of which have made him something of a Hollywood star.
But in just a few years, Bjornsson has taken what was a relatively obscure event to mainstream attention. 2018 proved to be a huge year for the Icelander, who became the first man to win the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man, and World’s Strongest Man in the same calendar year.
In the lead up to the 2020 event, Bjornsson beat his own record at the deadlift with a staggering 480kg in February. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, The Mountain loaded the plates onto the Elephant Bar and showed there truly are no limits to his unimaginable strength.
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1st place baby! I won the Arnold Strongman Classic 2020! 3 years straight!!! Words can’t describe how happy and grateful I am for the support around me This years competition was so crazy. Just days before the event, we received news that the whole festival was going to be cancelled because of the Corona Virus and then we were updated with changes every hour leading up to the show. Apart from this roller coaster of events that was out of our control, the competition continued and ran perfectly thanks to @drjantodd , and @roguefitness @billhenniger @caityhenniger and the amazing team working behind the scenes that made sure everything ran so smoothly. I was very confident this year that I was going to do well, because I knew that I had put in the work, but I was pushed so hard by the other amazing athletes, especially @kieliszkowskimateusz all the way through to the last event. I am so grateful for the support team I have had working with me for this competition. My coach @australianstrengthcoach making sure my training is on point and travelling around the world for me to make sure he was here so everything ran smoothly My nutrition coach @stanefferding and @theverticaldiet for helping fuel my body to perform at the highest level My amazing wife @kelc33 for looking after me my best friend @andrireyr My dad @bjornthorr and mom @ragnheidurmj and the rest of my amazing team!! Lastly I would like to thank my sponsors for having my back always!! @reignbodyfuel @roguefitness @sbdapparel @revive_md @theverticaldiet @kingkongapparel
While the current world record for heaviest deadlift is actually held by Bjornsson’s rival, Eddie Hall, who achieved 500 kgs at Europe’s Strongest man in 2016, many have been quick to point out that Bjornsson did his on the Elephant Bar which is made to be longer than a regulation “Olympic” bar in order to accommodate extra weights. Speaking about the record that still eludes Bjornsson, Roger Lockridge writes at BarBend, “Even though he could’ve made a third attempt to break the elusive 501 kg and win $100,000, he ultimately opted to save his energy for the rest of the competition.”
By taking out the Arnold Strongman Classic again in 2020, Bjornsson has won the event three consecutive times. Posting to Instagram, he said: “1st place baby! I won the Arnold Strongman Classic 2020! 3 years straight!!! Words can’t describe how happy and grateful I am for the support around me.”
He added, “I was very confident this year that I was going to do well, because I knew that I had put in the work, but I was pushed so hard by the other amazing athletes...I am so grateful for the support team I have had working with me for this competition.”
We can only expect to see big things from Bjornsson in the remainder of the year, and as for the 2021 Arnold Strongman Classic title – it might just be another victory for the world’s most famous Strongman.