Saturday should have been the running of the horses at the Kentucky Derby, which is commonly referred to as the most exciting two minutes in sports.
The most exciting two minutes in sports was replaced with what might have been the most exciting seconds in sports in quite some time.
Hafþór Björnsson, who played The Mountain on the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones,” deadlifted 1,104.5 pounds Saturday, setting a new world record for the most pounds deadlifted.
“This is historic. I’m proud of myself,” Björnsson said after setting the record.
Björnsson expanded a bit more in an Instagram post that celebrated his historic lift.
“I have no words,” Björnsson wrote. “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.”
Björnsson, a 6-foot-9, 452-pound man from Iceland, has garnered accolades for his strength in the past. After six top-three finishes, Björnsson won the 2018 World’s Strongest Man contest. He finished in third place in 2019. He’s also finished in first place in the last three Arnold Strongman Classics and the last three Europe’s Strongest Man competitions.