Eddie Hall is a 28-year-old weightlifter from England who has multiple titles as "UK's Strongest Man" and "England's Strongest Man," and has competed in the "World's Strongest Man" competition a bunch of times. While he has yet to win at the World's Strongest Man tournament, he, however, holds the record for deadlifting with straps at 462 kilograms. For the uninitiated, deadlifting is a weightlifting movement where one lifts a barbell off the ground and stands straight up with the barbell hanging near the hips.
His deadlifting prowess was on full display at the World Deadlift Championships in England on Saturday. At the event, Hall deadlifted a whopping 500 kilograms. For perspective, a car like the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage weighs in at 895 kilograms. Hall succeeded and beat the old record of 465 kilograms. But he also very nearly succeeded in killing himself. The strongman collapsed after the attempt, falling right onto the barbell, and scarily convulsing. Thankfully, he was able to make a recovery.
In a report by UK news site The Yorkshire Evening Post, Hall is quoted as saying, “That nearly killed me. The pressure on my body was surreal. I passed out after. I had nose bleeds. It’s not healthy doing something like that. But I’ve done it. I’m sure it will be in the history books for a very long time.”
Watch the attempt here:
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