The Reading / Listening - Weightlifting - Level 5

A man has set a world weightlifting record by lifting 501kg. Hafthor Bjornsson, 31, set the deadlifting* record. This is pulling weights up to the chest and then raising them above the head with the arms extended. Mr Bjornsson broke the record at his gym in his native Iceland. He lifted the barbell for two seconds. He dropped the weights and roared in delight. His feat of strength was streamed by the sports broadcaster ESPN and posted on Bjornsson's YouTube channel. 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 played Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in the hit series Game of Thrones. He is 2.05m tall and weighs 195kg. People call him a "man mountain". He explained how happy he was after breaking the deadlift record. He said: "I'm extremely proud....There's nothing better than proving people wrong. So many people didn't believe in me....People said, '501kg is never going to go up.'" He added: "I'm just absolutely speechless....I'm excited, super excited. This is huge for me."

* 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 4 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. pulling weights up
  2. with the arms
  3. He lifted the barbell
  4. roared in
  5. His feat of
  6. streamed by the
  7. The record was previously
  8. the first person ever
  1. to lift 500kg
  2. for two seconds
  3. strength
  4. held by a British man
  5. extended
  6. delight
  7. to the chest
  8. sports broadcaster

Paragraph 2

  1. an actor
  2. in the hit series
  3. People call him a
  4. he was after breaking the
  5. There's nothing better than proving
  6. never going to
  7. I'm just absolutely
  8. This is huge for
  1. "man mountain"
  2. speechless
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. and a powerlifter
  5. me
  6. deadlift record
  7. go up
  8. people wrong

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man has (1) ___________________ weightlifting record by lifting 501kg. Hafthor Bjornsson, 31, set the deadlifting record. This (2) ___________________ up to the chest and then raising them above the head with (3) ___________________. Mr Bjornsson broke the record at his gym in his native Iceland. He lifted the barbell for two seconds. He dropped the weights and (4) ___________________. His feat of strength was streamed by the sports broadcaster ESPN and posted on Bjornsson's YouTube channel. The (5) ___________________ held by a British man, who was the first person (6) ___________________ 500kg.

Hafthor Bjornsson is an actor (7) ___________________. In 2018, he won the World's Strongest Man competition. He also played Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in (8) ___________________ Game of Thrones. He is 2.05m tall and weighs 195kg. People call him (9) ___________________. He explained how happy he was after (10) ___________________ record. He said: "I'm extremely proud....There's nothing better than (11) ___________________. So many people didn't believe in me....People said, '501kg is never going to go up.'" He added: "I'm (12) ___________________....I'm excited, super excited. This is huge for me."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Amanhassetaworldweightliftingrecordbylifting501kg.HafthorBjorns
son,31,setthedeadliftingrecord.Thisispullingweightsuptothechesta
ndthenraisingthemabovetheheadwiththearmsextended.MrBjornss
onbroketherecordathisgyminhisnativeIceland.Heliftedthebarbellfor
twoseconds.Hedroppedtheweightsandroaredindelight.Hisfeatofstre
ngthwasstreamedbythesportsbroadcasterESPNandpostedonBjorns
son'sYouTubechannel.TherecordwaspreviouslyheldbyaBritishman,
whowasthefirstpersonevertolift500kg.HafthorBjornssonisanactora
ndapowerlifter.In2018,hewontheWorld'sStrongestMancompetition.
HealsoplayedSerGregor"TheMountain"CleganeinthehitseriesGame
ofThrones.Heis2.05mtallandweighs195kg.Peoplecallhima"manmou
ntain".Heexplainedhowhappyhewasafterbreakingthedeadliftrecord
.Hesaid:"I'mextremelyproud....There'snothingbetterthanprovingp
eoplewrong.Somanypeopledidn'tbelieveinme....Peoplesaid,'501kgi
snevergoingtogoup.'"Headded:"I'mjustabsolutelyspeechless....I'm
excited,superexcited.Thisishugeforme."

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