Live streamed across the world – Hafthor Bjornsson has successfully broken a world record with his 501kg deadlift.
Shown live on ESPN and streamed across the world by Rogue Fitness, Hafhtor Bjornsson made good on his promise to break the deadlift world record by successfully lifting 501kg. The previous world record holder was Eddie Hall who lifted 500kg on July 9th, 2016 at the World Deadlift Championships.
Bjornsson previously attempted to break the record at 501kg at the Arnold Strongman Classic 2019 but failed..He has stated that his left foot slipped – causing him to fail the lift. There was an offer made by Rogue Fitness asking any Strongman competitor to attempt the 501kg deadlift. If successful they offered $101,000 in prize money. Bjornsson chose not to attempt it at the time so he could focus on winning the Arnold Strongman Classic – which he did.
Hafthor Bjornsson was originally going to attempt the 501kg deadlift record at the 2020 WUS in Bahrain.This ultimately fell apart due to the world crisis cancelling most major sporting events around the world.
Leading up to the livestream event, Brian Shaw caused quite a stir of controversy byclaiming he did not believe the at-home world record attempt should count. Stating that a world record should only count within official competitions.He later apologized for his comments after they went viral and hit many media headlines. It will be interesting to see if Hall makes a comment now that Bornsson has successfully broken the world record.
You can rewatch the epic world record breaking deadlift on Rogue Fitness’ official YouTube channel.