For the first time in his life, Hafthor Bjornsson is the inaugural World’s Ultimate Strongman! It is the ultimate crown of his career, after being the eight-time Iceland’s Strongest Man and the former four-time Europe’s Strongest Man.
Hafthor won in the Bests Of The Middle East Championship last Friday, which was held in Dubai, UAE. The giant from Iceland earned $75,000 for his victory.
Hafthor Bjornsson took the top prize of $75,000 after beating Brian Shaw and Mateusz Kieliszkowski
Brian Shaw was seconded, and the third one became Mateusz Kieliszkowski. The 180-kg and 2.06 m tall Iceland giant showed everyone real supreme power. The event included six really difficult challenges, ‘Thor” was reserved during the first two ones. However, Bjornsson didn’t win the truck pull, but in his video, it seems to be playing with a 30-ton truck.
The second discipline was arm overpull, and after the first two events, Terry Holland, the British strongman, was leading the competition. However, he ended the ninth overall and shared his thoughts on Instagram.
The third discipline gave a juggernaut from Iceland the score of amazing 1,145lbs. in silver dollar deadlift. By the way, he claimed he didn’t use maximum power here!
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520kg/1145lbs Silver Dollar Deadlift. Definitely had more in the tank but this was enough to secure first place so I decided to play it smart and save my energy for the next 3 events!! Everything went according to plan!! 🏆 How much could I have pulled fresh?? 🤔 @australianstrengthcoach @thorspowerprogram @wusdubai
In yoke walk, Bjornsson showed fantastic performance, too.
In press medley, Hafthor was able to lift four super heavy obstacles over his head in less than 90 seconds, which gave him a critical advantage!
In atlas stones, he was defeated to American athlete Brian Shaw, who lifted all five stones. However, Hafthor managed to win the competition even having problems with the fifth stone.
His video shows that Bjornsson was preparing for this event like a pro.
Brian Shaw took home $35,000, and Matteusz Kieliszkowski won $15,000.
Meanwhile, “Thor” doesn’t seem to be slowing down, while he already won four great titles during 2018. And we wish him the same luck in 2019!