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'The Mountain' from Game of Thrones says he was robbed of World's Strongest Man title

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  • Huge Hafþór Júlíus is 206 cm tall and weighs in at over a hundred kilos. Photo/Vísir.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Icelandic strongman more commonly known as 'The Mountain', claims a refereeing scandal robbed him of the title of the World's Strongest Man this weekend. "I want to be the world's strongest man and I consider myself the strongest," he told local news site Mbl.is yesterday.

The Grand Final of the World's Strongest Man competition finished in Botswana on Sunday where British strongman Eddie Hall claimed the title of the World's Strongest Man. However, Hafþór Júlíus registered a complaint after the judges disallowed one press-up in the so-called Viking press event. Had it stood, Hall and Júlíus Björn would have been tied. In that case, Hafþór Júlíus would have been proclaimed the winner on a tie-breaker. The judges refused to review video evidence of the incident. 

"It's disappointing when something is taken away from you that you have worked so hard for," a frustrated Hafþór Júlíus told Mbl.is.

Strongman and actor on Game of Thrones
This was the third time Hafþór Júlíus came in second at the World's Strongest Man competition and the sixth time he makes the podium. He has never won the competition, though. Despite the setback this weekend, he vows to keep pursuing his goal of becoming the world's strongest man.

Fans of popular TV series Game of Thrones should be familiar with Hafþór Júlíus. He has appeared in several episodes of the series, portraying a character nicknamed "The Mountain".

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