Brian Shaw reveals why Thor’s livestream deadlift record shouldn’t count

Published: 13/Apr/2020 17:06

by Andy Williams


Fellow strongman Brian Shaw has weighed in with his thoughts on why Game of Thrones’ Hafthor ‘The Mountain’ Bjornsson’s 501 kg deadlift world record attempt on May 2 would “open Pandora’s box” in the realm of strength sports. 

As Hafthor Bjornsson gears up to take Eddie Hall’s 500 kg deadlift world record, many are wondering whether or not the attempt should count as an official world record, given the contrast in circumstances.

Essentially, the Icelandic strongman will attempt to lift 501 kg on his own conventional barbell, with his own calibrated plates in the familiar setting of his own gym. And aside from that, the 31-year-old will be able to dictate the amount of rest he gets between his warm-up lifts — a key factor in mitigating the cumulative fatigue that can build.

Hafthor Bjornsson's Instagram story.
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A feud between both Bjornsson and Hall has been available for public consumption via the pair’s Instagram stories.

American strongman Robert Oberst edged in with his say during his April 12 YouTube video, by stating that the record should not stand officially since Bjornsson wouldn’t have to deal with the strains of competition — something which Eddie had to deal with when pulling 500 kg.

Fellow American Brian Shaw has also expressed his thoughts on the matter, irrespective of the current social media frenzy between The Beast and The Mountain.

Shaw, a four-time World’s Strongest Man and widely regarded as the most well-rounded strongman of all-time, compared Hafthor’s deadlift world record attempt to “opening Pandora’s box” and implied that a slew of people may follow in claiming that they have world records in the aftermath.

“We can’t allow world records to start happening in people’s gyms,” Shaw stated before going on to say that he doesn’t understand where the sport will go from here, if world records no longer need to be beaten in a competitive environment.

Prior to the current global health situation, Hafthor was looking to peak in time for a competition and pull the weight under normal circumstances, but of course, current events have skewed that and an alternate course of action has been taken to accommodate.

However, Shaw believes that should Bjornsson pull 501 kg on May 2, it should be dubbed an unofficial world record until it’s repeated in an official strongman competition.

African strongman Cheick ‘Iron Biby’ Sanou recently pushed 233.5 kg in a home gym setting, which he hailed as an “unofficial all-time world record” — a feat which he failed to hit at 2018’s Europe’s Strongest Man.

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? 233.5kg/ 514 lbs Unofficial all Time log lift World record was done this year during my prep for World log lift CHAMPIONSHIP. I know what i Can DO so i was being quiet. But things changed now. And i Guess many people are acting and forgetting who won the log lift CHAMPIONSHIP last year. Got many people inboxing me and wanting to know when i will break this record. Here IS my answer. Because of this pandemic every professional sports in the World have been postponed. Mortality rate going up everyday. I really Care about what Happening now so i will wait & compete when things Come back to normal. The official New date of GIANTS LIVE WORLD LOG LIFT CHAMPIONSHIP is August 8th. To be crown a king you have to face all the athletes and in front of strongman fans . Thats how IT'S DONE ! #real #king #strongman #loglift #isymfs #ironaddict #beastmode #teamironbiby #stayathome

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Alongside The Mountain’s upcoming deadlift world record attempt, Shaw touched on Luke Stoltman’s upcoming log press world record attempt, who will also be attempting this from a home gym.

Brian stood firm in his belief that this together with Hafthor’s attempt should not stand as an official world record until repeated at a sanctioned event.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.