A deserved honor for an all-time nice.
Hafthor Björnsson is finest recognized within the power sports activities world for his stellar work with Atlas Stones, log lifts, and deadlifts. Such a steadfast dedication to the previous 2018 World’s Strongest Man champion’s strength work has earned him a deserved spot amongst a few of the best athletes in historical past.
On Jan. 31, 2023, it was revealed that Björnsson can be part of the Worldwide Sports activities Corridor of Fame (ISHOF) Class of 2023. Björnsson will enter the ISHOF alongside fellow luminaries like two-time judo Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2016) Kayla Harrison and four-time Tremendous Bowl champion (1981, 1984, 1988-1989) and Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Ronnie Lott. Dr. Robert Goldman initially created the ISHOF in 2012.
Björnsson is the third skilled strongman to be acknowledged by the ISHOF.
Mark Henry, the inaugural 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic (ASC) winner and a former WWE World Heavyweight champion, was inducted into the ISHOF as part of the primary class in 2012. Three-time WSM champion (1980-1982) Invoice Kazmaier would be a part of Henry in 2017. Now Björnsson can rely himself amongst their unique firm.
Right here is an summary of the complete 2023 ISHOF class:
2023 Worldwide Sports activities Corridor of Fame Class
- Hafthor Björnsson: 2018 WSM champion, ASC champion (2018-2020), Iceland’s Strongest Man (2011-2020)
- Ronnie Lott: Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer, four-time Tremendous Bowl champion (1981, 1984, 1988-1989)
- Kayla Harrison: Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist (2012, 2016)
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Six-time Olympic monitor and area medalist (unfold between 1984 and 1996, together with three gold medals)
- Richard Sorin: Founding father of Sorinex Train Gear, grip strength icon
Along with Björnsson’s sterling aggressive report — which additionally consists of noteworthy achievements resembling 5 Europe’s Strongest Man titles (2014-2015, 2017-2019) and three WSM runner-up finishes (2014, 2016-2017) — he possesses an assortment of power data.
Probably the most recognizable could be Björnsson’s 501-kilogram (1,104.5 kilos) World Document deadlift from the 2020 World’s Final Strongman “Feats of Power” sequence. One other is the Weight Over Bar World Document from the 2022 Strongman Rogue Invitational. The athlete threw a 25.4-kilogram (56-pound) weight over a 20-foot, three-inch excessive bar to increase his personal earlier report mark.
By way of latest athletic exploits outdoors of a strongman context, Björnsson defeated former strongman rival and 2017 WSM winner Eddie Hall in a March 2022 boxing match. In a December 2022 return to skilled powerlifting on the 2022 Thor’s Christmas Powerlifting Meet, the athlete attained a 970-kilogram (2,138.5-pound) total within the 140-kilogram-plus weight class.
Björnsson’s ISHOF honor could be much more noteworthy, contemplating he probably isn’t finished as a strongman or powerlifting competitor. In October 2022, the Icelander alluded to a potential future the place he’s moonlighting as each an elite strongman and powerlifter whereas persevering with to pursue new World Data. On this case, the 34-year-old’s Corridor of Fame honor and resume may solely shine brighter within the coming years.
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