The “Mountain” has finally reached the summit of his sport. On Sunday, Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, a.k.a. Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on “Game of Thrones,” was crowned the world’s strongest man he was Cersei Lannisters zombified personal bodyguard on “Game of Thrones.
It was a long time coming for the 6-foot-9, 400-pound Bjornsson, who came in second in the competition in each of the past two years, and had finished second or third in each of the past six. The 29-year-old Icelander, a former basketball player, took to Instagram to thank his “family, friends and fans” for their continued support.
Second place in this year’s world’s strongest man competition, which was held in Manila, went to Poland’s Mateusz Kieliszkowski, with Brian Shaw of the United States coming in third. Shaw won the event in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, while last year’s event was won by Great Britain’s Eddie Hall, who didn’t compete this year.
Per reports, Bjornsson finished first in three of the six events that made up the two-day finals in the Philippines: the vehicle dead lift, max overhead and loading race. He came in fourth in the frame carry, second in the truck pull and, after building a near-insurmountable lead heading into the final event, fifth in the atlas stones.