Even if he doesn’t win the World’s Strongest Man title this year, Thor Björnsson is bringing home a record.
The Icelandic strongman broke his own world record by tossing a 15 kg keg over a bar 7.15 meters in the air—and he barely broke a sweat. Björnsson’s toss didn’t even come close to the bar—it cleared it with plenty of room to spare:
The 6’9”, 395-pound titan is battling with Brian Shaw, winner of the 2015 World’s Strongest Man, for the title this year. If Björnsson wins, it would be the first time “The Mountain” has made it to the top spot—he's previously finished in second (2014) and third (2012, 2013, 2015).
A barrage of insane events awaits the competitors at the competition this year, including the keg toss, truck pull, squat lift, giant dumbbell press, squat, Atlas stones, and Viking press.
If Thor handles the other events like the keg toss, he could bring home the title this year. His nutrition plan has certainly been intense enough: He says he eats about 13 lbs of food a day—including about 2 lbs of protein—when he's in training. Even cooler: He prefaced his trip to Botswana for the World's Strongest Man competition was "some work for" Game of Thrones. (Does dragon wrestling count as strongman training? Damn right, it does.)
I've been training very hard these past few weeks under high work/volume load. Today was my last training session before Worlds Strongest Man 2016. I went up to 140kg/308lb in the axle clean and press for 6 reps in 60seconds without supportive gear. I fly out to Belfast tomorrow for some work with Game Of Thrones & travel straight from there to Botswana to compete at the WSM. I have put in all the work & will lay it all on the line! @australianstrengthcoach @andrireyr @stefansolvi @andreasif