Speed Reading — Weightlifting - Level 4 — 500 wpm

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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.'"

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