Never before seen footage may hurt Hafthor Bjornsson’s claims of cheating.
Hafthor Bjornsson is an absolute powerhouse of a man. He has crushed strongman records left and right throughout his career. He has even achieved the top honor of World’s Strongest Man in 2018. Yet, despite these accomplishments, there’s one blemish on his resume that has left many fans and competitors alike discussing.
The controversial 2017 World’s Strongest Man.
It was the year where Eddie Hall, the heated rival of Hafthor Bjornsson, won the WSM title. The competition was decided in a razor close Viking Press event. Where Hafthor Bjornsson lifted an impressive 14 reps, Eddie Hall was able to push 15. Sounds simple enough right? Well that’s where you’d be wrong.
The controversy behind the event stemmed from a referee deciding not to count one of Bjornsson’s reps. To the Icelandic strongman it was tantamount to being cheated. Hafthor Bjornsson believed he deserved that extra rep.
Ever since that day controversy surrounded the event. But it appears new video has surfaced that may clear things up once and for all.
The video shows never before seen footage that hurt Bjornsson’s claims of being cheated. Take a look at the video below for the full details.
While Hafthor Bjornsson has a legit reason to be upset, this evidence puts a damper on cheating claims. However, the strongman didn’t let this event keep him down. He would go on to not only win the 2018, but also recently break the deadlift world record. It’s safe to say that the Icelandic powerhouse has put the controversy in his rear view.
Managing Editor at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.