Is Hafthor Bjornsson’s 501kg Deadlift a World Record? Former World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw shares his thoughts

On saturday, Hafthor Bjornsson became the first person in human history to deadlift 501kg

Here is the lift.


“I have no words. What an amazing day, one I will remember for the rest of my life. I said I was coming for it and once I set my mind on something I’m a dog with a bone. Want to give a huge shoutout to my family, friends, coaches, fans, sponsors and haters, all of whom helped this lift be possible…Thank you all for your support!” Hafthor

There is no doubt about what an incredible feat of athleticism and strength this is, however there is now some debate as to whether this should count as a world record or not. The lift was due to be attempted under official conditions however due to the COVID-19 pandemic those conditions changed. 

Brian Shaw’s Thoughts

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