What the live stream of Hafthor Bjornsson’s world record 501kg deadlift attempt.
On April 16, it was announced that Hafhtor Bjornsson would attempt to break the deadlift world record by lifting 501kg. Not only that, but he would do so live on television while the world watched on in social distancing lockdown. That day has finally arrived – and you can stream it live via Rogue Fitness’ official YouTube channel. It’s the perfect weekend motivation and will surely be an exciting moment in strength sports history. We have the stream right here below.
For those who have a cable subscription and would rather watch the event on their televisions, the epic lift is also being televised on ESPN.
Hafthor Bjornsson is a 2018 World’s Strongest Man champion and reigning 3-time Arnold Strongman Classic champion. For many outside of the strength sports world, he is best known as playing The Mountain on the hit television series Game Of Thrones.
Originally, the deadlift attempt was only going to be aired via coresports.world but after the announcement generated such intense interest, Rogue Fitness jumped on as a sponsor and ESPN announced that they would broadcast the event live on television. With much of the world unable to visit big events such as Strongman competitions – this is a great treat for fans of Strongman and strength sports in general.
The current world deadlift record deadlift is currently set at 500kg/1,102lb by Eddie Hall. This record was broken on July 9th, 2016 at the World Deadlift Championships. It should also be noted that this is not the first time Bjornsson has attempted to break the record at 501kg. He previously attempted at the Arnold Strongman Classic 2019 but failed to pull it off. He has stated that his left foot slipped – causing him to fail the lift.
A year later at the 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic, Rogue Fitness offered a $101,000 prize to any strongman who could complete the 501kg deadlift. Bjornsson decided against attempting the record during the competition to conserve energy for the remainder of the competition – which he ultimately won.
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.
According to a post from March 29th on Bjornsson’s Instagram page, he made the decision to do the lift “in Iceland and alone besides a small team of under 20 people” and with 4-time WSC champion Magnús Ver Magnússon as the official referee.
Leading up to the livestream event, Brian Shaw caused quite a stir of controversy by claiming 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.
Now, with the event finally here, we will soon know if Hafhor Bjornsson is the new world record holder. It truly will be a spectacle to behold – and you can stream it LIVE in the video above!