Game of Thrones star Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson wins Europe’s Strongest Man competition for the third time
The cast of Game of Thrones is its prime strength, and it has one of the most the most versatile cast we have ever seen, complete with its own line-up of celebrity cameos. One of the most interesting characters is Gregor Clegane, also known as The Mountain, who is played by the strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. Hafþór has now won the title of Europe’s Strongest Man! He made the announcement with this post on Instagram.
I'm very excited and proud to inform you that I reclaimed my title of Europe's Strongest Man earlier tonight! Huge respect to The Beast @eddie_hall_strong who has improved immensely from last year and really pushed me hard this evening. @terryhollands79 also did a great job securing a 3rd place finish. Shame @biglozwsm had to pull out as he's been ill the last few days. Great event put together by Giant's Live! I would like to thank my sponsors, friends, family and fans for their support! @roguefitness @sbdapparel @gymgrossisten @getnewage @australianstrengthcoach @stanefferding @stefansolvi @andrireyr
Hafþór also posted the video of the moment when he won the competition.
Hafþór beat competitor Eddie Hall to win the title. This is the third time he has won the title. The impressive thing about this win is that he claimed the title a day after he announced that was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. The fact that he competed despite that, and won, is quite a feat.
To all my dear strongman fans, I have a small announcement. Last Sunday I got very sick. On Tuesday morning I woke up and the right side of my face felt kind of numb. It got worse over the course of the day and then it got completely paralysed. My friends insisted sending me to the ER to get things checked out as they were seriously worried I was having a stroke. I spent a good amount of time at the hospital as doctors ran some tests on me. Luckily I was informed there was nothing to worry about. That I have caught some virus called Bells Palsy which causes half of my face getting paralysed. It can last from a week to a few months apparently. So please keep that in mind if you come to Europe's Strongest Man tomorrow and get pictures with me that I'm not in a bad mood I just can't really smile for pictures haha! Other than that I feel good and look forward to battling it out with the guys for the Title of Europe's Strongest Man 2017 and putting on a great show for all you guys! Bring it on!
This win also now tied his country, Iceland, to Poland, both of which have seven wins for this title. Björnsson won with the final total of 63 points, beating Hall who stood at 61 points. Terry Hollands came third with 48 points. The defending champion Laurence Shahlaei, who beat Björnsson, ended in eighth place with 20.5 points. It was a tough competition, with Hall going neck to neck with Björnsson in every event, except two, the tire flip and bus pull.
Talking about Björnsson’s Game of Thrones role, The Mountain now serves the Iron Throne, since Season 6 ended with Cersei on it. It will be interesting to see where his character goes when Season 7 premieres July 16th.
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