Eddie Hall, winner of the 2017 World’s Strongest Man, has released an explosive video aimed at Hafthor Bjornsson, which he hopes will bring an end to a years-old controversy.
During the Viking Press, when athletes had to push a load above their heads, at the 2017 World’s Strongest Man, Bjornsson was deemed to have doubled dipped. As he lifted, he bent his legs in the midst of the movement to add power as he pushed. Bjornsson was penalised and the mistake cost him the title. He refused to shake Hall’s hand, believing he had been wrongly penalised.
But Hall has found a new video angle that he believes definitively shows Bjornsson did bend his knees. The two have feuded for years since the incident. The unseen footage is of a referee debating Bjornsoon right after the Viking Press. Then later of the referee post-competition review when the referee said: “I give him a last warning quite clearly. Too many infringements, far too many so far.”
Hall said: “I’ve had enough of the doubters saying that Bjornsson was robbed.” Hall added that people believed Bjornsson simply because he was famous for his role in Game of Thrones as The Mountain.
“Bjornsson, you and your yes men should be ashamed of yourselves,” Hall said. “Words are cheap, and I’m sick and tired of hearing the lies and excuses coming out of your mouths.
“You used to be a good man and believe it or not, I used to class you as a good friend, but you’ve been poisoned by your yes men.”
“One little bit of advice for you Thor: Your yes men can’t get into the ring with you next year when we fight [in a sanctioned boxing match], and if they do I’ll kick the living sh*t out of them until they become your no men,” Hall added.
Hall said he would not try to sway his fans, but rather let them watch the video and make up their own mind.
Bjornsson recently set the dead lift world record, lifting 501kg, just on 1kg more than the previous record held by Hall.
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