Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, otherwise known as Gregor Clegane, who is also known as The Hound’s older brother The Mountain in HBO‘s Game of Thrones, is now the World’s Strongest Man, winning the annual competition Sunday in the Philippines. As a previous competitor in several competitions who’s finished in second and third place three times each throughout the years, Bjornsson has finally won for the first time.
He contested in a Car Deadlift and the Truck Pull, as well as a Loading Race that saw the actor dragging anchors and anvils from one place to another. In a 2016 profile with The New York Times, Bjornsson said, “It’s my passion and my dream to become the world’s strongest man.” Yesterday, the 6-foot 9-inch, 400-pound phenomenon shared a photo on Instagram thanking his friends and family along the way for their support as he made his dream a reality.
The World’s Strongest competition will premiere in the United States on CBS beginning in June.
THE WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN 2018! ?? . . Want to thank all of my family, friends and fans for supporting me along the way. . Special thanks to my coach @australianstrengthcoach and my nutritionist @stanefferding . . Also want to thank my sponsors, @kjotkompani @sbdapparel @roguefitness . . Congratulations to @kieliszkowskimateusz and @shawstrength for their second and third finishes! . #numberone
- The New York Times