From Iceland — Hafþór Júlíus Breaks 1000 Year Old Lifting Record

Hafþór Júlíus Breaks 1000 Year Old Lifting Record

Published February 2, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Hafþór Júlíus' Instagram Account

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson a.k.a The Mountain, made history by breaking a 1000 year old weightlifting record this weekend, reports Iron Mind.

Hafþór Júlíus broke the record while competing in the World’s Strongest Viking competition – which he won for the second time in a row.

“The record has been described in the Icelandic Sagas,” said Ilkka Kinnunen who reported on the event for Iron Mind. “The legend of the Icelander Ormur Stórólfsson goes that he walked three steps with a monster wooden log which weighed over 650 kg and was 10 m long. It took 50 mere mortals to help him place it on his back. After he took his third step, his back broke under the enormous pressure and he was never the same after that.”

Hafþór Júlíus carried the 650 kg and 10 m long log for 5 steps.

“Well, today my friends, I made history!” Hafþór Júlíus wrote on his Instagram account following the win. “As well as winning the title of The World’s Strongest Viking for the second time in a row, I carried this MONSTER LOG 5 steps! My back held up fine! I’m on my way to my ultimate goal, to win The World’s Strongest Man! NOTHING CAN STOP ME!! NOTHING CAN BREAK ME!”

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