Strongman legend Hafthor Björnsson is inducted into the Worldwide Sports activities Corridor of Fame
A deserved honor for a great man.
Hafthor Bjornsson is best known in the weightlifting world for his outstanding work with Atlas Stones, log lifts and deadlifts. Such an unwavering commitment to strength training from the former 2018 World’s Strongest Man Champion has earned him a well-deserved place among some of the greatest athletes in history.
This became known on January 31, 2023 Bjornsson would be part of the International Sports Hall of Fame (ISHOF) class of 2023. Bjornsson will be attending ISHOF alongside other luminaries such as two-time Olympic judo champion (2012, 2016) Kayla Harrison and four-time Super Bowl champion (1981, 1984, 1988-1989) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. dr Robert Goldman originally founded the ISHOF in 2012.
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Bjornsson is him Third professional strongman recognized by ISHOF.
Mark Henry, the inaugural 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic (ASC) winner and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, was inducted into the ISHOF in 2012 as part of the first class. Three-time WSM champion (1980-1982) Bill Kazmaier would join Henry in 2017. Now Bjornsson can count himself in their exclusive company.
Here is an overview of the entire ISHOF class 2023:
2023 International Sports Hall of Fame class
- Hafthor Bjornsson: WSM Champion 2018, ASC Champion (2018-2020), Iceland’s Strongest Man (2011-2020)
- Ronny Lott: Pro Football Hall of Famer, four-time Super Bowl champion (1981, 1984, 1988–1989)
- Kayla Harrison: Two-time judo Olympic champion (2012, 2016)
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Six-time Olympic track and field medalist (spread between 1984 and 1996, including three gold medals)
- Richard Sorin: Founder of Sorinex Exercise Equipment, symbol of grip strength
Alongside Björnsson’s excellent competitive record – which also includes notable achievements such as five Europe’s Strongest Man titles (2014-2015, 2017-2019) and three WSM runners-up finishes (2014, 2016-2017) – he has a number of strong records .
Perhaps best known is Bjornsson’s world record deadlift of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 pounds) from the 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman “Feats of Strength” series. Another is the 2022 Strongman Rogue Invitational’s Weight Over Bar World Record. The athlete threw a 25.4 kilogram (56 pound) weight over a 20-foot, three-inch bar to extend his own previous record.
Speaking of recent athletic achievements outside of a strongman context, Björnsson defeated former strongman rival and 2017 WSM champion Eddie Hall in a boxing match in March 2022. In a return to professional powerlifting in December 2022 at the Thor’s Christmas Powerlifting Meet In 2022, the athlete reached a combined weight of 970 kilograms (2,138.5 pounds) in the 140+ kilogram weight class.
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Bjornsson’s ISHOF honor might be even more remarkable considering that as a strongman or powerlifting competitor, he’s probably not done yet. In October 2022, the Icelander alluded to a potential future of working as both an elite strongman and powerlifter on the side while continuing to strive for new world records. If so, the 34-year-old’s Hall of Fame honor and resume could only shine brighter in the years to come.
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