Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, otherwise known as The Mountain from Game Of Thrones, has officially broken the world deadlift record, by hoisting an incredible 501kg. In terms of animals, that’s heavier than an adult male polar bear, but it’s impressive no matter how you look at it.

He completed the lift at Thor’s Power Gym in his home country of Iceland, after two warm-ups, in which he lifted 420kg and 460kg respectively. The record was previously held by Britain’s Eddie Hall, who managed to lift 500kg back in 2016.

“I believe today I could’ve done more, but what’s the point?” said the 31-year-old, who won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2018. “I’m happy with this. My family and friends, they were happy with this, and I’ve decided to call it.”

You can see his world record lift below:

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I have no words. What an amazing day, one I will remember for the rest of my life. I said I was coming for it and once I set my mind on something I’m a dog with a bone. Want to give a huge shoutout to my family, friends, coaches, fans, sponsors and haters, all of whom helped this lift be possible. If you want to show some extra support head over to my YouTube, hit subscribe and check out my latest video where you can see some behind the scenes! Thank you all for your support! Support a family business – hafthorbjornsson.com . @roguefitness @reignbodyfuel @revive_md @transparentlabs @sbdapparel @kindafitkindafat_apparel @freezesleeve @coresportsworld @worldsultimatestrongman @australianstrengthcoach @stanefferding @theverticaldiet @andrireyr @stefansolvi @runarhrodi @kelc33

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Back in 2015, Hafthor Julius Bjornsson broke a 1000-year-old record at the World’s Strongest Viking competition by carrying a 32-foot, 650kg log for five steps. Taking to Instagram to celebrate his latest accomplishment, he said:

“I have no words. What an amazing day, one I will remember for the rest of my life. I said I was coming for it and once I set my mind on something I’m a dog with a bone. Want to give a huge shoutout to my family, friends, coaches, fans, sponsors and haters, all of whom helped this lift be possible.”

Image: Getty Images / Stanislav Krasilnikov