The hit HBO TV series “Game of Thrones” star Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, more popularly known as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, has reclaimed the title as Europe’s Strongest Man this year held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England.
Defeating other equally gigantic competitors in 2017 Europe’s Strongest Man competition, an annual strength athletics event since 1980, Björnsson completed the staggering stunts and tricks successfully.
The 28-year-old, 6-foot-9 400-pound Björnsson posted on his Instagram account his victory of getting his title back and expressed his respect and gratitude towards his challengers.
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
Yesterday, Bjornsson revealed that he was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, which made the left side of his face temporarily paralyzed; however, he still pursued to fight.
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!
Reclaiming the title despite his condition was such an extraordinary feat.
Europe’s Strongest Man this year had six events. Below is the list with the top three finishers.
- Bus Pull: Bjornsson 11 points, Hollands 10, and Hall 9.
- Max Axle: Hall 11 points, Bjornsson 10, and Matjaz Belsak 9.
- Tyre Flip: Bjornsson 11, Hollands 10, and Hall 9.
- Deadlift: Hall 11 points, Bjornsson 10, and Mark Felix 9.
- Car Walk: Hall 11 points, Bjornsson 10, and Hollands 9.
- Atlas Stones: Bjornsson 11 points, Hall 10, and Mark Felix 9.
Furthermore, he won the title in 2014 and 2015, and lost in 2016 with Laurence Shahlaei from Swindon.
Here’s a video of his victory which he also shared on Instagram: