Hafthor Julius Bjornsson has won Europe's Strongest Man for the fifth time

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Hafthor Julius Bjornsson has been crowned the strongest man in Europe.

The Icelandic giant - perhaps best known for starring in Game of Thrones - secured his fifth title at the competition in Leeds and more than lived up to his nickname of 'The Mountain.'

Bjornsson had to dead-lift and hold a remarkable amount of weight in order to claim the title, carrying out 10 reps of the 770lbs weight, which is almost equivalent to an adult horse.

That's not the only task that Bjornsson had to compete in, though, with the man-mountain taking on the log lift challenge, the tyre flip and an Atlas stone lift.

There was also the famous 'pillars of Hercules', in which the competitors must hold together to two chains in order to stop the 350-pound column from falling.

Bjornsson takes the victory

Writing on his Instagram page after the victory, the 30-year-old remarked: "Europe's Strongest Man for the 5th time! So blessed to have such great people behind me! Team Iceland baby.

"Huge thank you to all my family, my beautiful wife and all my friends for all the help and support!!"

Poland's Mateusz Kieleszkowski finished in second place and Georgia's Konstantine Janashia climbed the final spot on the podium.

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The event serves as qualification for the famous World's Strongest Man competition, which will be staged in Florida between June 13 and 16.

It will provide the opportunity for Bjornsson to defend the title he won for the very time in 2017, dominating the competition in Manila and taking advantage of Eddie Hall's retirement.

Ahead of that competition, take a look at some of the footage from his victory in Leeds this week: 

However, dominating these tournaments is far from easy and it takes more than being nearly seven foot tall to take home the trophies.

Bjornsson made some radical changes to his diet in preparation for the event, consuming thousands of calories to maintain his remarkable muscle mass.

During an interview with Page Six, he explained: "I can lift 1,000lb, and I eat 10,000 calories a day. I have to eat every two hours to maintain myself."


Well, that's certainly dedication and there will be an extra focus on the 30-year-old when Game of Thrones returns to screens later this week.

His appearance on the hit HBO programme has done wonders for his profile and has attracted some serious attention to his recent victory in Leeds.

Five times the king of Europe and he'll be hoping to dominate the world all over again in June.

Who do you think will be crowned World's Strongest Man? Have your say in the comments section below.

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