The Reading / Listening - Weightlifting - Level 4

A man set a world record by lifting 501kg. Hafthor Bjornsson, 31, set the deadlifting* record. This is raising weights above the head with the arms extended. Bjornsson broke the record at his gym in Iceland. He lifted the weights for two seconds and roared in delight. His feat of strength was streamed by the sports broadcaster ESPN. The record was previously held by a British man, who was the first person ever to lift 500kg.



Hafthor Bjornsson is an actor and a powerlifter. In 2018, he won the World's Strongest Man competition. He also appeared in the hit series Game of Thrones. He is 2.05m tall and weighs 195kg. People call him a "man mountain". He was very happy and "speechless" at breaking the record. He said: "I'm extremely proud....There's nothing better than proving people wrong....People didn't believe in me....People said, '501kg is never going to go up.'"

* ERROR: A deadlift is from the floor to the level of the hips, not above the head.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Weightlifting - Level 5 or  Weightlifting - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52512211
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8280951/He-really-Mountain-Game-Thrones-star-Haf-r-Bj-rnsson-breaks-world-deadlifting-record.html
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/11534178/hafthor-julius-bjornsson-world-deadlift-record/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. raising weights
  2. with the arms
  3. He lifted the weights
  4. roared in
  5. His feat of
  6. streamed by the
  7. previously held
  8. the first person ever
  1. delight
  2. sports broadcaster
  3. above the head
  4. to lift 500kg
  5. for two seconds
  6. by a British man
  7. extended
  8. strength

Paragraph 2

  1. an actor
  2. the World's Strongest Man
  3. He also appeared in
  4. People call him a
  5. speechless at
  6. proving people
  7. People didn't believe
  8. never going
  1. competition
  2. to go up
  3. "man mountain"
  4. wrong
  5. the hit series
  6. and a powerlifter
  7. in me
  8. breaking the record

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man set a world (1) ___________________ 501kg. Hafthor Bjornsson, 31, set the deadlifting record. This is raising weights (2) ___________________ with the arms extended. Bjornsson (3) ___________________ at his gym in Iceland. He lifted the weights for two seconds and (4) ___________________. His feat of strength was streamed by the sports broadcaster ESPN. The record (5) ___________________ by a British man, who was the (6) ___________________ to lift 500kg.

Hafthor Bjornsson is an actor (7) ___________________. In 2018, he won the World's Strongest Man competition. He (8) ___________________ the hit series Game of Thrones. He is 2.05m (9) ___________________ 195kg. People call him (10) ___________________. He was very happy and "speechless" at (11) ___________________. He said: "I'm extremely proud....There's nothing better than (12) ___________________....People didn't believe in me....People said, '501kg is never going to go up.'"

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Amansetaworldrecordbylifting501kg.HafthorBjornsson,31,setthed
eadliftingrecord.Thisisraisingweightsabovetheheadwiththearmsext
ended.BjornssonbroketherecordathisgyminIceland.Heliftedtheweig
htsfortwosecondsandroaredindelight.Hisfeatofstrengthwasstreame
dbythesportsbroadcasterESPN.TherecordwaspreviouslyheldbyaBrit
ishman,whowasthefirstpersonevertolift500kg.HafthorBjornssonisa
nactorandapowerlifter.In2018,hewontheWorld'sStrongestMancom
petition.HealsoappearedinthehitseriesGameofThrones.Heis2.05mt
allandweighs195kg.Peoplecallhima"manmountain".Hewasveryhap
pyand"speechless"atbreakingtherecord.Hesaid:"I'mextremelyprou
d....There'snothingbetterthanprovingpeoplewrong....Peopledidn'tb
elieveinme....Peoplesaid,'501kgisnevergoingtogoup.'"

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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