'Game of Thrones' star sets world deadlift record

While live sports are at a standstill as present as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, that didn't stop 'Game of Thrones' star Hafthor Björnsson from writing his name into the record books on Saturday.

According to the ESPN website, Björnsson, who played Ser Gregor Clegane aka "The Mountain" on the hit show, deadlifted a record 1 104 pounds (501kg) at his Iceland home.

Björnsson, 31, beat the previous record of 1 102 pounds (500kg), set by England's Eddie Hall in 2016.

The 6-foot-9, 441-pound (200kg) Björnsson won the World's Strongest Man title in 2018 and has finished in the top three on seven other occasions.

He has also been Iceland's Strongest Man for nine straight years and won Europe's Strongest Man each of the past three years.

The deadlift is a weight training exercise in which a loaded barbell or bar is lifted off the ground to the level of the hips, perpendicular to the floor, before being placed back on the ground. It is one of the three powerlifting exercises, along with the squat and bench press.

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