Iceland's Hafthor Julius Bjornsson clinched the title of World's Strongest Man 2018 on Sunday in the Philippines.
After holding an overnight lead, the Game of Thrones star—known as The Mountain—continued to impress on Day 2 of the competition in Manila, as he won the loading race and finished second in the bus pull. Bjornsson was ahead of Poland's Mateusz Kieliszkowski and veteran Brian Shaw from the United States.
Here are the results from the 2018 edition of the competition and a recap of how Bjornsson finally earned the title.
1. Hafthor Bjornsson (ISL) - 51.5 points
2. Mateusz Kieliszkowski (POL) - 45
3. Brian Shaw (USA) - 44
Official results to follow. Details courtesy of strongman competitor Mattis Bjorheim.
Journalist Luke Thomas relayed a snap of the top three celebrating their honours from Bjornsson's Instagram account:
Luke Thomas @lthomasnews
Thor Bjornsson - The Mountain from Game of Thrones - wins the 2018 World's Strongest Man. This is his first such victory and biggest strongman victory to date. He has historically been behind Eddie Hall (did not compete) or Brian Shaw (who is 3rd here). Big achievement. #wsm2018 https://t.co/j0XoMYhagC
Having taken a 2.5-point lead over Shaw on Saturday after impressive displays in the vehicle deadlift and the max overhead, Bjornsson would've been keen to press home his advantage on Sunday.
He was able to do so immediately in the bus pull, as the Icelander completed the course in a time of 36.06 seconds. The only man to do it faster was Kieliszkowski (35.95 seconds), while Shaw was down in fourth.
Bjornsson's lead was extended to 4.5 points as a result, while the effort from Kieliszkowski put him back in contention, as he drew level with Shaw.
The Visit Philippines account captured some of the competitors in action in the bus pull competition:
Next up, Bjornsson had the chance to put this one beyond doubt, as the loading race has traditionally been one of his best events.
The Mountain didn't disappoint once again, completing the circuit in 31.22 seconds, more than a couple of seconds clear of his nearest rival. That man was Kieliszkowski, who moved three points clear of Shaw in second spot.
Here's a look at what the finalists faced in this event:
Visit Philippines @TourismPHL
LOOK: Behemoths of @WorldsStrongest show off their strength and speed at the University of the Philippines. For the Loading Race event, each strongman needs to carry an anchor, a safe, a 330 lbs dack and a 250 lbs keg in a race to the finish line! #WSM #ItsmorefuninthePhilippines https://t.co/2jahyN9o0v
It meant Bjornsson was in a commanding position going into the final event, the iconic atlas stones. With a 5.5-point buffer, only disaster would see him drop off top spot.
In the end, the leader was able to produce a solid performance, hoisting four stones onto their pedestals to finish fifth in the field. The only man able to get all five up was Johan Els, and he jumped from ninth to sixth thanks to his finishing flourish.
Bjornsson will be delighted to have finally emerged from the competition as the champion. He'd finished as runner-up three times previously—in 2014, 2016 and 2017—while he was third in 2012, 2013 and 2015.