While he fell in need of his objective, Björnsson efficiently dipped his toes again into the powerlifting waters.

It’s been an eventful fall for power sports activities dwelling legend Hafthor Björnsson. After some years away from Atlas stones and different heavy implements, the Icelandic athlete had introduced he’d be making an eventual strongman comeback. First on his agenda, although, was a foray again into powerlifting, an effort he appears to have maximized.

On Dec. 3, 2022, Björnsson captured first place within the 140-kilogram-plus weight class on the 2022 Thor’s Christmas Powerlifting Meet. At the time of this writing, it’s unclear if the competitors was beneath the jurisdiction of a proper powerlifting organized physique, although the occasion was held with dozens of athletes lifting in entrance of judges adhering to strict powerlifting requirements. The contest came about at Björnsson’s residence facility, Thor’s Power Gym, in Kópavogur, Iceland.

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Björnsson didn’t have his eyes on notching any powerlifting information in his weight class, however he had ambitions of amassing a minimum of a 1,000-kilogram (2,204.6-pound) complete. The athlete fell in need of that objective at 970 kilograms (2,138.5 kilos). He got here shut, almost finishing a 400-kilogram (881.8-pound) squat that would’ve helped his case, however he was unable to realize lockout.

The all-time deadlift World Record holder (501 kilograms/1,104.5 kilos) additionally couldn’t attain knee-level with a closing try of 410 kilograms (903.9 kilos) to seal the deal. With his final powerlifting meet occurring in December 2018, Björnsson is probably going extra accustomed to utilizing a deadlift swimsuit and lifting straps in a strongman context, however didn’t have that setup right here — utilizing only a lifting belt for his pulls.

Per a video of the total competitors on his YouTube channel, Björnsson got here down with an undisclosed sickness simply days earlier than the competition, purportedly shedding 5 kilograms (11 kilos) of physique weight in a brief timeframe. That state of affairs possible may additionally have performed an element in his power and energy not being the place he wished it to be. Nonetheless, he nonetheless took residence a victory.

In addition to his belt-only deadlift, Björnsson accomplished his again squat with wrist wraps and knee wraps, in addition to a belt, and had wrist wraps and a belt adorned for his bench press. Here’s an summary of the highest stats from the powerlifter/strongman’s efficiency:

Hafthor Björnsson | 2022 Thor’s Christmas Powerlifting Meet

  • Squat (w/Wraps) — 380 kilograms (837.7 kilos)
  • Bench Press — 210 kilograms (463 kilos)
  • Deadlift — 380 kilograms (837.7 kilos)
  • Total — 970 kilograms (2,138.5 kilos)

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Björnsson’s speedy plans for the longer term are unclear right now. While he could dabble and hold his coaching up by way of the remainder of the 2022 calendar yr, it appears honest to imagine he’ll in any other case not compete once more till 2023. By that point, there could also be extra readability on when this traditional strongman can be again to doing issues like urgent logs and carrying automobile frames once more.

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