Game of Thrones Star Crowned Strongest Man in the World


The big guy who plays Ser Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain, in Game of Thrones, but has his real name as Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, has just won the title for the world's strongest man in the world.



The 29-year-old actor, claimed the crown at the annual contest in Manila, after being placed in the top three consecutively since 2012, but has never won,  following a grueling series of events spaced over two days.
He beat previous winner, the US strongman Brian Shaw, into third place with Poland’s Mateusz Kieliszkowski coming second.
Björnsson, who is six-foot, nine-inches tall and weighs in at 200kg, thanked his ‘family, friends and fans for supporting me along the way’, posting a snap of the winner’s podium on Instagram.


It makes him the first athlete to win the World’s Strongest Man, the Arnold Strongman Classic, the contest created by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Europe’s Strongest Man all in the same year.
After qualifying in his group contests, he went on to win the Overhead Press and the Loading Race in the finals to grab 51.5 points, to Kieliszkowski’s 45 points.
Among the other events were the Atlas Stones, the Car Deadlift and the Truck Pull.
A former basketball player, he is already a world record holder, successfully deadlifting 472kg in March this year.

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