For the previous two years, Hafthor Björnsson has strayed away from aggressive strongman occasions. Whereas the 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champ by no means formally retired, it appeared that the Icelandic athlete was on to a brand new stage of his athletic life with latest boxing pursuits and a radical physique transformation in thoughts. All of that seems to have been a short lived section.
On Oct. 17, 2022, Björnsson posted a video to his YouTube channel saying his intention to shelve his boxing endeavors and return to strongman on the 2022 Rogue Invitational. On the similar time, the icon revealed he plans to interrupt his weight-over-bar World Report on the Austin, TX, contest on October 28-30, 2022.
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The context behind Björnsson’s new aim as a strongman is straightforward — he let his friends have time to interrupt his weight-over-bar mark, however he appears to have grown uninterested in ready. (Notice: Björnsson established the present weight-over-bar World Report on the 2019 Arnold Strongman Basic when he threw 56 kilos over a peak of 20’2″.)
“I gave it a couple of years,” Björnsson defined. “I hoped that somebody would break it, however nobody was capable of. “So, I believe it’s about time that I break this World Report. After which, who is aware of? Perhaps I’ve to come back again to strongman and break my very own deadlift World Report.”
On the similar time, it seems Björnsson dropping his ardour for boxing might have partly been a motivating issue behind a return to a strongman occasion.
“I’m 33 years previous now, turning 34 in November,” Björnsson stated. “For me, it was identical to, ought to I spend the previous few of my years as an athlete doing one thing I don’t love, or ought to I simply go and concentrate on my companies and concentrate on the issues that I really like, like lifting weights?”
The latter a part of Björnsson’s clarifying sentiment about his report pursuits is an intriguing prospect.
Ought to the Icelandic athlete efficiently break his weight-over-bar report determine on the 2022 Rogue Invitational, placing his World Report deadlift in entrance of his thoughts could be an much more spectacular achievement. On the time of this writing, no strongman has ever surpassed Björnsson’s World Report pull of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) from the 2020 World’s Final Strongman “Feats of Energy” sequence.
Some within the strongman neighborhood imagine that 2017 WSM champ Eddie Corridor nonetheless possesses the “actual” mark as a result of his deadlift of 500 kilograms (1,102.3 kilos) from the 2016 World Deadlift Championships (WDC) occurred at a impartial setting. Whereas Björnsson’s occurred at his private health club in Reykjavik, Iceland. However, if he ultimately travels down this path, Björnsson does personal the official report mark and can be the primary strongman to deadlift greater than 501 kilograms.
For this now-active strongman legend in Björnsson, staying away from his calling seemed to be an excessive amount of of an ask over time. Ought to he break the weight-over-bar World Report and deadlift World Report in relative succession, it could be a blaring sign that the celebrity is actually again the place he feels he belongs.
Featured picture: @thorbjornsson on Instagram