“1st place baby! I won the Arnold Strongman Classic 2020! 3 years straight!!! Words can’t describe how happy and grateful I am for the support around me,” Bjornsson wrote on Instagram.
“I was very confident this year that I was going to do well, because I knew that I had put in the work, but I was pushed so hard by the other amazing athletes… I am so grateful for the support team I have had working with me for this competition.”
He also credited his wife, parents, coach, and nutritionist for his victory.
Strongman Eddie Hall currently holds the world record for heaviest deadlift – managing 1,100 pounds (500 kgs) at Europe’s Strongest Man in 2016.
Bjornsson had the opportunity to try his luck at the record, especially given the Elephant Bar is longer and can accomodate extra plates but opted against the lift to ensure he could perform in other challenges.
“Even though he could’ve made a third attempt to break the elusive 501 kg (1,104 pounds) and win $100,000, he ultimately opted to save his energy for the rest of the competition,” writes Roger Lockridge at BarBend.
Unofficially, Bjornsson set an unofficial Elephant Bar deadlift record earlier this year, shifting 1,058 pounds (479.90Kg). However, he used straps and no deadlift suits – affecting competition categories – so it wasn’t technically recorded.